Vantage West

What if banking local was a form of activism?

Client: Vantage West Credit Union
Type: Brand
Services: Brand Position, Design System, Website, Retail Interiors, Member Experience
Website: vantagewest.org

Goal

Give a 55 year old regional credit union a bolder point of view.

Insight

Many people don't trust the big banks, but they continue to keep their accounts with them because that's "just the way it is," as if they don't have a choice in the matter – but they do.

Idea

Banks own you. You own us. When it comes to your banking you have a choice: you can choose to make them too big to fail and fail to belong to something bigger or you can put your money where your values lie and make your community too strong to fail.

This new tagline and attitude became the center of a new Vantage West brand that also included a slight pivot in identity, leaning into the yellow “V” and creating a more bold yellow-centric pallet that stands out in a banking landscape dominated by reds and blues.

"When did you lose control?", an opening line you can't ignore. Featuring archival footage from the 50s, this spot was designed to help reinforce big banks as large, traditional organizations that are emboldened to behave poorly when we fail to hold them accountable.

The sequel hit the market 6 months later, weaving in an 80s aesthetic with callbacks to the rise of Wall Street and our new era of hyper-consumerism. Is this the world we want or is there a better way?

Heavy out-of-home placements with our iconic tagline. With just 6 words we both cast the big banks as villains and celebrate the primary value proposition of a credit union: ownership.

A new website was designed more content-focused, providing community-focused stories, just one more chance to differentiate from the profit-driven banks.