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athenahealth Digs into Data with Colourful Brand Refresh from Colossus

Work embraces colour, intelligent visual metaphors and mixed media to stand out from the healthcare pack

athenahealth Digs into Data with Colourful Brand Refresh from Colossus

Colossus, the Boston-based creative agency, has refreshed the brand identity of athenahealth, Inc. and assisted athenahealth in the launch of its first campaign with Colossus. The agency won AOR duties for the health-tech company in September 2020, after a competitive pitch. Colossus worked to reimagine the athenahealth brand – evolving the global identity system and developing an integrated advertising campaign consisting of more than 200 individual pieces of creative.

The challenge for Colossus was how to make an incredibly complicated and technical premise more accessible to clients and patients. The answer was to avoid the conventions, tropes, and “sea of sameness” within the healthcare category altogether.

athenahealth operates in the middle of two competitive industries – healthcare and technology – where legacy brands tend to play it safe, blend in, and largely stick to the standard corporate playbook. As part of the refreshed brand identity, Colossus leaned into a more human-centric approach powered by thoughtful design and relatable language. The brand’s new design system embraces colour, intelligent visual metaphors, and human tonality.

The multi-faceted brand effort launched September 27, utilising long and short form video (60, 30, 15-second), digital, OOH, paid and organic social, print (including a partnership with Wired Magazine), podcast collaborations and streaming audio placements, 3-D static illustrations, CG, live action and stop motion.

“The healthcare space can be cold and off-putting with ineffectual stock photography and design better suited for PowerPoint,” said Travis Robertson, partner and ECD at Colossus. “We built a deep graphic language as multi-faceted and innovative as the company itself, combining CG, photography and illustration in a vibrant world of color.”

One video highlights athenahealth’s ability to connect the vast amount of data created in the healthcare system – but which too often remains siloed or overlooked due to different systems and platforms that clinicians use. Titled 'lonely data', the ad describes “a piece of healthcare data all alone … sitting there, unused.” The ad emphasizes the missed opportunities and potential challenges when individual pieces of healthcare data never connect – and that athenahealth is in a unique position to bring points of data together to help clinicians provide better care to patients.

Just as important to the effort was an internal-facing campaign for the company’s employees, dubbed 'athenistas', and potential employee recruits. Video, installations, wall art, and banners appeared in athenahealth’s major campuses in the United States (Watertown, MA; Atlanta, GA; Belfast, ME; Burlington, VT; Seattle, WA; and Austin, TX) and India (Pune, Chennai, and Bangalore).

For Colossus, it’s been an exciting year. In addition to athenahealth, the agency launched wine brand Archer Roose into the public eye with Hollywood A-lister Elizabeth Banks, doubled its physical office footprint, and has been on a new business tear winning work for SimpliSafe, epocrates, Toast, Zipcar and Gillette, among others. In an advertising market where local agencies have notably been unable to win and retain local clients or create a diverse workforce, Colossus has achieved both with stunning speed.

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Agency: Colossus

ECD/Art: Travis Robertson

ECD/Copy: Greg Almeida

ACD/Art: Ryan Dalton

Senior Copywriter: Ali Coates

Executive Producer: Nicole Hollis-Vitale

Assistant Producer: Samantha Derderian

Managing Director: Jonathan Balck

Account Director: Hayley Richards

Designer: Romik Bose Mitra

Directed by: Aggressive

Production: Aggressive

Directors: Alex Topaller, Dan Shapiro

Executive Producer: Alexander Aab

Creative Directors: Alex Mikhaylov, Max Chelyadnikov

Art Director: Alex Mikhaylov

Post Producer: Dustin Pownall

DOP: Kuba Burakiewicz

Line Producer: Lukasz Tomasz Koltunowicz

Editors: Jason Yantz, Tomasz Maczka

Colorist: Dominik Deras

Music, Sound Design, Mix: Massive Music

Production Designer: Magda Kostyra

VFX Supervisor: Dan Shapiro

CG Supervisor: Max Chelyadnikov

3D Animation Lead: Dmitriy Paukov

2D Animation: Vladimir Tomin

Stop Motion Creative Director: Salman Sajun

Category: Beauty & Health , Health care

Genre: Animation