Diabetes Foundation Aotearoa...previously 'Diabetes Projects Trust'...previously 'The South Auckland Diabetes Project'... was originally started back in the early 1990s by David Simmons and others. In the subsequent time, there's been a lot of change, development, progress, and a huge amount of passion and mahi on behalf of many, many amazing people to end up where we are today.
And today, as the next step to rolling out our new public face (new branding, colour template, new website done) we are delighted to reveal the new signage now proudly displayed on the front windows in our Otara office.
It's a significant moment in our history. We've had several different brands over the nearly three decades in existence, but no signage like this!
Taking look back, one of the first brands when the organisation was based on the premises of Middlemore hospital involved a logo called the 'sugar busters' with red as the main colour scheme, and symbolic of sugar in the bloodstream and generally was just placed against a white background, sometimes a red line appeared for example on letterhead. This was instantly recognisable for some time, however in the early 2000's, when the organisation had moved into the current premises in Otara, the logo changed to a more community and less clinical focus with stylised characters with linked arms indicating our commitment to working in partnership. This came about through a design competition for staff.
In 2019, with changes to the environment, greater expectations of how an organisation presents online and an updated Trust deed, vision and aims, there came a new name, new logo, and new website to really kickstart change to the organisational identity. More information on this here. Diabetes Projects Trust became Diabetes Foundation Aotearoa, and the new logo, designed by eminent Māori artist and previous Board member Dr Richard Cooper, came into being and then proudly was put into use officially at our first Diabetes Summit.
In the 2020's, thanks to the ongoing, active strategic thinking of the Board of Trustees, and the specialist skills of Board member at the time, Pat Spellman, we emerged from Covid-19 into the latest incarnation of our public face/branding, with the help of the amazing team at The Renew Room. The Renew Room not only worked alongside us to come up with the right approach to reflect our identity as a community based charity in an increasingly corporate world, they also selected our organisation for a charity sponsorship arrangement between themselves and Rocketspark for which we are very appreciative.
We look forward to continuing to roll out our new and rebranded resources, presentations, and events, including upcoming Summits.