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The Urban Oasis - Youth Sub-Branding

Scope of Work

Visual Identity, Logo Design, Packaging Design, Poster Design, Stationery Design, Typography, Color Palette Design
ABOUT THE BRAND The Urban Oasis is a non-profit organization in the Baltimore City Panway community that is giving a voice to their community through community events and fundraising initiatives. Despite hardships, the organization and local community have made the decision to fashion their environment and quality of life to match the strength and beauty of their vision. THE PROBLEM Founder Arica Gonzalez and I had a number of discovery calls where we discussed her desire to really create a Visual Identity that would capture the essence of the UO, captivate the hearts of the community, and catch the attention of like-minded individuals who have a heart to invest in the community. There were two foundational driving factors for this project. The first was The Urban Oasis' efforts of investing a lot into helping develop children and youth into the future leaders of tomorrow. The second was the organizations vision to bring hope, beauty, and restoration to the entire city of Baltimore, which is often seen as a very broken city. THE SOLUTION The end result was a stunning sub-brand of the Urban Oasis tailored specifically to youth. This comprehensive branding system works to further the core values, mission, and vision of the UO while also being incredibly disruptive in its usage.

Logo Design

We began by designing a youth variation of the Urban Oasis logo that felt more modern and playful. We really wanted it to emit vibes of the Oasis being an exciting paradise of escape, wonder, and imagination.

Both letters retained the imagery from the Original Logo, with the letter 'U' having the silhouette of city buildings, and the letter 'O' having the silhouette of a tropical paradise. The letterforms themselves have been made to look more organic, natural, and unrestricted just as youth are.

Brand Colors

Brand Color Palette Design for Baltimore nonprofit The Urban Oasis

The sub-brand's color palette was designed with Paradise in mind while also taking into consideration the African American and Hispanic target demographic. The original brand's purple has been boosted to be more vibrant, fun, and soothing. Additional colors have been added to give the sub-brand more versatility, personality, and impact.

Visual Elements

The sub-brand's visual elements consist of illustrations and shapes that each highlight a unique aspect of the Urban Oasis' mission and vision:

The filled-in letter 'U' frame shapes represent windows that capture moments of the people around us.

The stylized 'O' shapes and half-shapes represent the unpredictable and exciting nature of real community life and the future.

The palm tree represents the Oasis as a place of refuge and peace for the community and its people.

A silhouette of a girl using her imagination which is what the UO inspires each child to do.

A silhouette of a boy reaching for the stars. The Urban Oasis is a place where dreams are taught to dream big!

A silhouette of two children holding hands. We can only succeed by working together and supporting one another.

Brand Fonts and Typography

The sub-brand consists of 3 fonts, two standalone fonts, and a mixed typeface comprised of those two.

The primary font is the sans-serif font 'Urbanist', useful for most use cases in titles, subtitles, headings, paragraphs, and all else.

The secondary font is the fun and rounded sans serif font 'Willinicki' which should be used sparingly for large display text such as large titles, quotes, and other standalone text.

The tertiary or accent font combines Urbanist and Willinicki into a new mixed font 'williUrbanist' which is used for special titles, and in most cases 'Willinicki' should proceed 'Urbanist'.

Marketing Materials


We created posters for an initial marketing campaign that utilize the stylized letter 'U' and 'O' from the logo which are used as frames for images. These create deeper connection the Urban Oasis brand in the mind of the audience while also captivating the viewer.

Poster Design for Baltimore nonprofit The Urban Oasis

The stylized letter ‘U’ can be used as a picture frame, and is very effective in communicating the idea of a city that is built up of people.

Poster Design  for Baltimore nonprofit The Urban Oasis

The stylized letter ‘O’ can be used as a picture frame that communicates the idea of the Urban Oasis as a place of peace, rejuvenation and imagination.

Poster Designs for Baltimore nonprofit The Urban Oasis


We designed a t-shirt and tote bag for the sub-brand using its visual elements. Both the client and ourselves were especially pleased with the striking design of the t-shirt which truly captures the essence of the Urban Oasis at a single glance. The individual wearing this shirt is inviting anyone around them is intrigued to explore the wonder of the Urban Oasis.

T-shirt Design  for Baltimore nonprofit The Urban Oasis

Tote Bag Design  for Baltimore nonprofit The Urban Oasis

Find Out More

To learn more about the Urban Oasis and support their revitalization of Baltimore City, visit

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