In 2015, the Personal Care division of Energizer Holdings broke away to form a new stand-alone company. As they were streamlining to have a greater focus on personal care brands, they needed to convey their own innovative challenger spirit, and the credibility that comes with over 200 years of history. Edgewell owns many global and national brands including Schick, Wilkinson Sword, Hawaiian Tropic, Banana Boat, and Playtex.
Beginning with naming this new company, we created and launched their brand identity. From the outset, the new name and logo were introduced through internal and external communications and media. It was critical to engage employees and investors in the Edgewell Personal Care story to build enthusiasm and momentum going forward.
Name & Logo
Why Edgewell? Edge suggests innovation, trail blazing, and a passion to win. “On the cutting edge,” “The leading edge,” “An edge on the competition.” And it does so while evoking the companies’ heritage, putting an edge on blades. Why the Hummingbird? Hummingbirds are the challenger of the animal kingdom, and set Edgewell apart amongst companies in their competitive set. Hummingbirds are small, agile, and innovative— they are the only birds that can hover and even fly upside down. Beyond this, hummingbirds deliver surprise and delight— an immediate recognition and emotional connection.
We wrote and produced a brand video in collaboration with our partners at One Thousand Percent, to introduce the new name and logo. The video was shown at launch events with investors and employees, and is featured on Edgewell's website in three languages.
We architected, designed, and launched the new Edgewell corporate website in July of 2015. The design of the site is clean and modern, incorporating considered brand typography and lifestyle photography that showcases the everyday impact of Edgewell's brands. Edgewell's blue-green "glow of innovation" infuses the site, highlighting important headlines, overlaying ambient photography, and activating interactive site elements. We worked seamlessly with our partners at Rubenstein Technology to create a fully responsive site (across mobile and desktop), integrated into a content management system.
From the beginning of the process, we worked with Edgewell's team to determine what type of content should be on the website, as well as how it should be organized and presented. We also worked to develop the content itself, from the brand video shoot, through selecting photography, to writing all copy for the English version of the site. Working with Edgewell colleagues in multiple countries, we managed the translation of the entire site into Spanish and German, so that speakers of those language have the same experience as English-speakers. The CMS implemented in partnership with RubensteinTech means content can be easily managed in all three languages, and new languages can be added in the future.
“Throughout the process, Beardwood&Co. demonstrated their depth of experience, creativity, and commitment to getting a very challenging global assignment done on-time and on-budget. They were the ‘little guy’ among the firms we considered partnering with, but they impressed our Team at every turn.”
Senior Director, Global Brand Communications, Edgewell Personal Care
Internal Launch Campaign & House Style
We created a series of posters and digital displays that were distributed to Edgewell’s 70+ locations around the world. With a goal of engaging and introducing employees to the new brand, we focused on connecting stories of product innovation with the moments of real-life connection. A blue-green “glow of innovation” brings the stories together visually, representing the creativity and engineering behind Edgewell’s products.
Edgewell's values of Passion, Integrity, Respect, Teamwork, and Initative are ingrained into the company's culture. We created a set of five simple icons to represent each value, which colleagues can use to reinforce the values in internal communications.
Custom Employee Notebook
A custom notebook was created to be given to employees globally. It features an embossed logo on the front and back cover. The notebook highlights company mission, vision, and values with pages included for notes and thoughts to be used over time.
Brand & Signage Guidelines
At the dawn of the new branding and house style, it was critical for Edgewell as a global company to have clear and comprehensive brand guidelines to ensure consistent application going forward. Easy-to-follow rules for logo usage, all design assets and photography, brand voice, and signage were brought together into one key document, and launched with a full suite of digital assets.