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Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)

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Branding
Storytelling
Illustration
Social media assets
Digital assets

CBC is committed to Indigenous narrative sovereignty—the freedom to tell our stories from our own point of view.

For National Indigenous Peoples Day and National Indigenous History Month, CBC came to us with a special request: to design our own take on their logo, the “gem”, for their website, social platforms, and TV broadcasts.

CBC's gem logo overtop an image which includes Northern lights, stars, a Metis sash and First Nation beads and medicines.

How we helped

The 1974 version of the gem logo reminded our creative team of a drum, an instrument used for storytelling across Turtle Island and Inuit Nunangat. For our rendition, it was essential to capture the full diversity of Indigenous Peoples in Canada: we researched, designed, and illustrated individual drum faces representing First Nations, Inuit, and Métis, and a main logo that combines elements of all three.

A colourful First Nation illustration of beads, feathers and medicines
A metis sash illustration
A drum illustration of a caribou, snow, starts and northern lights
A colourful illustration blending together multiple elements; a metis sash, snow, beads, feathers and medicines
Lauren sketching CBC backplate graphics on a tablet seated in her home office.
Jennica sketching CBC logo graphics on a tablet seated in the office.

Since the logo was intended for broadcast, we followed a motion-first approach, storyboarding an animated version and recording drumming audio to accompany it. We also illustrated backplate graphics for use of CBC’s social media and web platforms.

Jennifer Taback is featured playing a drum. The CBC logo DDP created included recorded drumming audio to accompany it.

Making a difference

Our illustrated gem ran on CBC’s main channel all month long. Their website and social media used our graphics to share empowering stories from Indigenous youth and Elders, reaching audiences across the country and beyond. With hundreds of likes, positive comments, and even requests for branded swag, our design called people to really listen to Indigenous voices—and they heard loud and clear.

A TV screen displays the words 'National Indigenous History Month' alongside the logo DDP created for CBC
A CBC social media post on a phone screen.
A Caribou
A feather
An eagle
The Metis infinity symbol
A woman wearing a red shirt and jeans is holding a tote. On her t-shirt and on the tote are displayed the CBC 'gem' designed by DDP

We engaged with Design de Plume to design and support our brand package for the National Indigenous History Month in 2022. The timelines were tight and the ask was large: to create an inclusive design for a cross-country campaign, spanning all platforms. Not only did they deliver a beautiful package, they spent time socializing it and the meaning behind each element throughout our marketing, design and Indigenous hub teams.

Jennifer Haskett, CBC Creative and Production Services Director

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