This is a senior thesis project, which involves creating the entire brand identity and collateral for a new company. This includes logo design, product/package design, advertising campaign, website design, social media, and other related assets.
Aurora is a beauty product brand that supports and empowers survivors of domestic violence through the donation of products, starting conversations, and sharing resources. 1 in 4 women experience some form of domestic abuse. Due to the emotional trauma of these situations, many survivors have lost sight of their confidence and self-worth, even after leaving these situations. Research has shown that donations of beauty products, such as lipstick or lipgloss, can serve a very impactful purpose in bringing positive light into their lives and helping women find their own inner beauty once again. However, domestic violence is not a topic frequently talked about in the beauty industry, despite the positive impact makeup can have. This brand uses its platform and position in the beauty industry to bring this topic to a more public light, encouraging conversations and releasing the stigma on this topic; as well as using its products for good by donating select items through each purchase. The products are designed to reflect the mission of the brand and to stand out from competitors. They use subtle design features pulled from Greek Ionic columns, like the ribbed column structure and the circular detail, or volute, from the top. The references to ionic columns are designed to symbolize feminine energy, strength, and perseverance. These notions are utilized on all product designs to create a cohesive style. These products use the logo symbol rather than the wordmark to compliment the structural design, attaching the brand identity without sacrificing the overall power of the design itself. The Beauty Benefit promotes education and resources for survivors of domestic violence through sharing real stories and donating products. Aurora donates several of its products to local women’s shelters with each purchase of one of the selected items. These products are identified on packaging and on the website as “Beauty Benefit Products,” which includes information on how the process works. This is also utilized throughout majority advertising campaigns to identify the main mission of Aurora.
This thesis was very successful in both peer review and the assessment of the judge panel at my final thesis presentation. The overall review of my peers and judge panel reflected that the thought and intention behind the product design was very successful in capturing the main goal of the brand. The idea behind the Beauty Benefit was successful in gaining the interest of those who explored this brand and bringing awareness to this important topic.