Gold award: Best Naming Strategy
Silver award: Best Use of Typography
Bronze award: Best Visual Identity in the Charity/NGO/Non-Profit Sector
at Transform Awards 2017



Work undertaken

Creative Strategy
Brand Identity
Marketing Communications
Website Design
Brand Film


Employment is the single most effective way to substantially reduce re-offending. But the barriers for ex-offenders are often not their own skills, attitude or reliability, but the stigma they carry in the mind of the employer. This needs to change.

Working with charity The Traverse Trust, we aim to get 50 employers to consider hiring ex-offenders in the next three years. We’ve created a name, brand and marketing campaign to get the business case across to potential employers.


Visually mapping the landscape allowed us to see where the opportunity lay. Many organisations were involved in helping ex-offenders but there was no central resource aimed at employers. We aimed to fill that gap with an informative website and directory.


We call them the Exceptionals.

Their back stories are exceptional, of course. They’re not the norm. But they often have exceptional skills that you wouldn’t expect. They can be exceptionally loyal, reliable and hard-working employees.

Our factsheets are now widely used by prisons, rehabilitation officers and other institutions across the country.


The campaign has received a huge response and generated a large number of conversations. The website directory is fast becoming the go-to resource for employers and organisations that are interested and involved in the field.

Transform Awards 2017

Best naming strategy – Gold
Best use of typography – Silver
Best identity (not-for-profit) – Bronze

Read more on our journal


The Exceptionals website has rapidly grown into a valuable resource hub, with a directory of partner organisations searchable by area, a lively blog, documentary films, downloadable factsheets and more.

Visit the website