- Brand Strategy
- Content Strategy
- Print Design
- Social Media
- UX Research
- Visual Identity
- Website Design & Development
For 75 years, Americans United for Separation of Church and State (AU) has worked tirelessly to protect the wall of separation between church and state—so we can all live in a more fair, inclusive, and just society. It’s crucial work, and on the precipice of their big anniversary, AU needed a fresh brand overhaul to match their impact while still paying homage to their storied legacy. Because, in their words, “after 75 years of fighting for truth, justice and church-state separation, every superhero needs a wardrobe upgrade.”
With the opportunity fully reset the brand to match its modern, sophisticated advocacy, legal, and policy work, Teal and AU, along with their partners, committed to a full exploration of what a new AU could be. We kicked off the extensive rebranding process with in-depth research and stakeholder conversations, and leveraged those insights to create a compelling new umbrella brand and a guiding vision for updates to all of AU’s communications channels.
A Modern Refresh
The result? A clear and memorable charge: “Freedom Without Favor, Equality Without Exception.” A cohesive new brand that honors AU’s legacy while modernizing it for the next generation of advocates. And a comprehensive website overhaul that appeals to younger audiences and integrates seamlessly with AU’s action and donation platforms. It’s the most significant overhaul in the organization’s history at a moment when religious freedom is under repeated attack. But, as they have been for three quarters of a century, AU is ready to fight when the stakes are the highest.
Flexing the brand to connect with key audiences
Insights from our research and data analysis drove our decisionmaking on this project. Teal conducted 1:1 interviews, focus groups, and surveys to understand perceptions, explore high-level messaging, and understand what people needed and wanted from AU. In partnership with a leading communications agency, the team identified the top target audiences AU needs to reach to maintain and grow its brand. The audiences fell into three main categories: Long-Standing Supporters, Easier-to-Get Supporters (Growth), and Harder-to-Get New Supporters (Stretch).
Teal created a brand system that flexes to reach each audience group across a variety of channels. Because every audience is crucial, and one size does not fit all.
A comprehensive rebrand
AU is a deep-rooted organization known for its dogged defense of personal equality. To bring that identity to life, Teal led a rebrand process grounded in AU’s values and history, backed by research, and all tied together into a large umbrella brand that all the unique, flexible elements can fit underneath. The result is a fresh cohesive presence that appeals to younger, more diverse audiences while honoring AU’s long history of impact.
Teal wrapped all of it together into a clear guiding vision and worked with AU to update all of their communications channels to express it. The practical, easy-to-use brand guide below gives the AU team the tools they need to put the brand into action.
Bold new site for defenders of religious freedom
Teal ran the brand development and website projects on simultaneous tracks, so as AU’s new brand was finalized, we were wrapping up wireframes and ready to translate the brand to their dynamic new website.
The result is an approachable new site that speaks to all of AU’s audiences, clearly explains the urgent threats to religious freedom, and drives home how AU and its supporters shield all of us from bad laws and the extremists who use religion to harm others.
Teal crafted an inspiring, engaging user experience for the site by following a few key principles:
- Show how AU fights for religious freedom in the courts, in the legislature, and in the public square—with a history of making history
- Foreground real people whose lives have been affected by attacks on religious freedom, and lift up the supporters fighting for change
- Make the site accessible to everyone, regardless of device or ability, with WCAG 2.1 AA compliance
- Create an administrator experience that’s fast and easy for the AU team to use, so they can respond quickly to emerging threats and help supporters take action
Summit for Religious Freedom
Expanding the brand for an annual conference
Teal also flexed the new AU brand to create a new look and feel for the upcoming Summit for Religious Freedom. The result is a subbrand that feels like a “close cousin” of AU, but is strong enough to stand on its own.
We’re delighted with their work; they’ve provided us with incredible results on our website and the new look and feel of our cause. They know how to understand our cause to make it come alive in a beautiful and accessible way in modern times.Rachel Laser
Americans United for the Separation of Church & State
Teal Media is a woman-owned full-service creative agency based in Washington, DC. We offer UX research, web design & development, brand strategy, and creative support to mission-driven and nonprofit partners. We believe purposeful design can transform organizations, inspire action, and enable progress.
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- Dispute Resolution. In the event of any controversy or claim arising from or related to this Agreement, its performance or its interpretation, Teal Media and Client will in good faith attempt to resolve the dispute within a reasonable period among themselves. Failing such attempt, any controversy or claim arising out of or relating to this Agreement, or the breach thereof may be settled by a court of competent jurisdiction, mediation, or arbitration as determined by Teal Media in their sole and complete discretion.
- Export. Customer shall comply fully with all relevant export laws and regulations of the United States of America (“Export Laws”) to assure that any Archie Platform is not (a) exported, directly or indirectly, in violation of Export Laws; or (b) intended to be used for any purposes prohibited by the Export Laws, including, but not limited to, nuclear, chemical, or biological weapons proliferation.
- Notice. All notices under this Agreement, including notices of address change, will be in writing and will be deemed to have been given when sent by any one of the following: (i) by registered or certified mail, return receipt requested, or (ii) a nationally recognized overnight delivery service (such as Federal Express), to the general counsel of the appropriate Party at the relevant address first listed in this Agreement, or to a Party’s address as changed in accord with this Section 14.2, or (iii) by electronic mail or facsimile. Teal Media’s general counsel is Steven Nofar, Esq. (Direct: 248-268-8600 or [email protected]).
- Legal Expenses. In the event legal action is taken by either Party to enforce its rights under this Agreement, all costs and expenses incurred by the prevailing Party, including reasonable attorneys’ fees and court costs, will be paid by the non-prevailing Party.
- Publicity. Customer grants to Teal Media a perpetual use of Customer’s name, domain name(s), logo, trademark, service mark, any work for hire (if applicable) or Archie Platform(s) contemplated in this Agreement or SOWs for the sole purpose of Teal Media publicizing its portfolio of clients and examples of its work-product and services to others (“Teal Media Client Portfolio Reference”). Customer acknowledges that Teal Medial may use the Teal Media Client Portfolio Reference in various formats and media, including without limitation, Teal Media’s marketing materials, Teal Media’s website, slide presentations and other formats and media as determined appropriate by Teal Media.
- Severability. If any provision of this Agreement is held by a court of competent jurisdiction to be illegal, unenforceable, or in conflict with any law of a federal, state, or local government, the validity of the remaining portions or provisions will remain in full force and effect.
- Governing Law. This Agreement, and all matters arising under or related hereto, will be governed according to the laws of the State of Michigan, without respect to its conflict of law principles. Jurisdiction shall be Oakland County, State of Michigan.
- Waiver. No failure on the part of either Party to exercise, and no delay in exercising, any right, power, or privilege will operate as a waiver thereof; nor will any single or partial exercise of any right hereunder preclude any other or further exercise thereof or the exercise of any other right. The waiver by either Party of any default or breach of this Agreement will not constitute a waiver of any other or subsequent default or breach.
- Assignment. Except for Customer’s assignment of right to the Teal Media Intellectual Property, Customer shall not assign, by operation of law or otherwise, this Agreement or any right or duty arising hereunder to a third party without Teal Media’s prior written consent. Any purported assignment in violation of this Section 14.8 shall be deemed void. Notwithstanding the foregoing, Teal Media may assign this Agreement and its rights and obligations hereunder, without the prior consent of Customer, in Teal Media’s sole and complete discretion to a successor entity in the event of an acquisition of Teal Media, whether by stock or asset purchase, corporate restructuring, or the like.
- No Third-Party Beneficiaries. This Agreement is an agreement between the Parties and confers no rights upon any of the Parties’ employees, agents, or contractors or upon any other person or entity.
- All references in this Agreement to “Articles,” “Sections” and “Exhibits” refer to the articles, sections and exhibits of this Agreement.
- As used in this Agreement, neutral pronouns and any variations thereof will be deemed to include the feminine and masculine and all terms used in the singular will be deemed to include the plural, and vice versa, as the context may require.
- The words “hereof,” “herein” and “hereunder” and other words of similar import refer to this Agreement as a whole, as the same may from time to time be amended or supplemented, and not to any subdivision contained in this Agreement.
- The word “including” when used herein is not intended to be exclusive and means “including, but not limited to.”
- Each of the Parties and their counsel have carefully reviewed this Agreement, and, accordingly, no rule of construction to the effect that any ambiguities in this Agreement are to be construed against the drafting party will apply in the interpretation of this Agreement.
- The article and section headings and titles appearing in this Agreement are inserted only as a matter of convenience and in no way define, limit, construe, or describe the scope or extent of such section or in any way affect this Agreement or the interpretation hereof.
- Force Majeure. Except with regard to any obligation to pay money hereunder, neither Party hereto will be held responsible for any delay or failure in performance hereunder caused in whole or in part by fire, strike, flood, embargo, labor dispute, delay or failure of any subcontract, act of sabotage, riot, accident, delay of carrier or supplier, voluntary or mandatory compliance with any governmental act, regulation or request, act of God or by public enemy, or any act or omission or other cause beyond such Party’s control. If any such contingency does occur, the time to perform an obligation under this Agreement affected thereby will be deemed extended by the length of time such contingency continues.
- Entire Agreement. This Agreement together with the SOWs, which are hereby incorporated herein by this reference, contain all the agreements, representations, and understandings of the Parties and supersedes any previous understandings, commitments, or agreements, oral or written, with respect to the subject matter of this Agreement. To the extent there is any inconsistency between a term of this Agreement and a term of any SOW, the terms and conditions of this Agreement will govern and supersede any SOW with regards to the performance of Subscription Services thereunder.
- Modification. This Agreement may not be modified or amended except in a writing signed by a duly authorized representative of each Party (including a SOW) that expressly states the sections of this Agreement to be modified; no other act, usage, or custom will be deemed to amend or modify this Agreement. Each Party hereby waives any right it may have to claim that this Agreement was subsequently modified other than in accordance with this Section 14.10.
The setup fee includes 12 months of service. After 12 months, the subscription fee is $100 per month.
As part of your Archie Platform service, Customer is allotted the following traffic, data and storage usage:
- Up to 25,000 visits per month
- Up to 2GB of storage
- Up to 10GB of file transfers per month
If you exceed your monthly visits allotment, we will increase your allotment of monthly visits by increments of 25,000 visits at a rate of $50 per 25,000 visits.
The total monthly overage will be calculated at the end of each month and invoiced.
Teal Media will not disrupt service in cases of minor overages and will alert you of additional costs that may be incurred. Overage costs are calculated based on fees accrued by Teal Media to sustain the overage occurrences.
In cases of extreme overages, large volume of concurrent users, or severe malicious activity the site may be taken down to mitigate platform-wide disruption.
In cases of severe malicious activity (such as DDOS attack), costs associated with mitigating the malicious activity will be billed to the customer. Costs may include personnel time ($185/hr) as well as costs associated with 3rd party services and vendors needed to mitigate the activity. If customer is unwilling to pay costs associated with mitigating malicious activity, the site will be disabled on the platform and no refund of the setup fee will be provided.
Performance CDN Add-on
Suitable for Archie sites that expect periodic large spikes in traffic. Performance CDN also helps mitigate overage costs due to high traffic volumes as well.
- May be added on a month to month basis and does not have to remain active during your entire Archie Platform contract term. Notice of termination of the Performance CDN must be given 5 business days in advance and monthly fees are not prorated.
- Subdomains are considered a unique domain and would need their own Performance CDN add-on as well if desired.
- Performance CDN raises your standard monthly usage threshold for visits from 25,000 per month to 300,000 per month. Additional visits will be billed at our standard overage rate of $50 per 25,000 visits.
Use of Analytics
Teal Media uses Google Analytics to monitor Archie sites for internal reporting on platform usage, performance and to optimize the Archie Platform. Customer’s usage data will never be sold, provided to a third party or used in any other capacity.
Teal Media will include an attribution and link to tealmedia.com in the footer.
Occasionally it will be necessary to take the platform offline to perform system maintenance and upgrades. Teal staff will only perform planned maintenance during off-peak hours, reserving ad-hoc maintenance for more urgent situations.
If you decide to terminate your Archie Platform subscription, upon request we will provide a XML backup of your pages, posts, actions, resources and news content. Additionally, we will provide a ZIP file containing all media uploads. If at a later date you decide to reinstate the subscription, a one-time reinitiation fee of $200 will apply.
- All copy and other site content will be provided and populated by the client.
- Estimates assume up to two rounds of revisions on project deliverables (website, social graphics and email template). Additional revisions will be billed at our hourly rate of $185/hr.
- Teal will provide up to 10 hours for custom illustrations. Additional time will be billed at our hourly rate of $185/hr.
- Timeline is an estimate only, pending your team’s availability, the amount of time your team requests to review project deliverables and the number of revisions for each deliverable.
- If a Customer deliverable — such as input, approval, or payment — is late more than 10 business days the project will be considered “on hold.” Once the deliverable is received and the project is reactivated it will be rescheduled based on Teal Media’s current workload and availability.
- Customer will be billed at-cost for any custom stock imagery used in the design deliverables.
- Any requests outside of normal weekday business hours will be billed at our rush rate of $370/hr.
- Social templates will be shared via Canva and the email template will be shared via Mailchimp. If Additional formats are needed, they will be provided on a time and materials basis at our hourly rate of $185/hr.
- The Archie Platform website will be optimized for the modern browsers, as well as iPad, iPhone, and Android.
- Customer will be responsible for all costs related to 3rd party systems and domain registration.
Last updated 10/21/21.