Sports Nutrition Packaging Captures ‘The Force of Nature’

New branding and packaging draws a link between the potency of Tribe’s all-natural sports nutrition products, the joy of the outdoors, and the overwhelming power of the natural world.

The Force of Nature ethos is brought to life with abstract illustrations of the natural environment at its most impressive.
The Force of Nature ethos is brought to life with abstract illustrations of the natural environment at its most impressive.

Launched in 2015, U.K.-based Tribe is a modern lifestyle brand with a mission to change the world of sports nutrition by creating the highest-quality, all-natural performance products for everyday athletes and bringing this community together through a love of nature and adventure. Wanting to better reflect the brand’s evolving community, Tribe challenged creative design and branding agency Pearlfisher to redefine its portfolio and visual identity.

Says Pearlfisher Strategist Molly Rowan Hamilton, “We conducted in-depth research which informed our key insight that the majority of consumers believe that sports nutrition products need to be synthetic to be effective. We needed an inspiring brand idea to challenge this notion of synthetic and an emotive idea that stated that natural products can be just as powerful in helping athletes of any level achieve their goals.

“We created a new core brand idea moving forward—‘The Force of Nature’—which focused our strategic approach in repositioning Tribe. Drawing a link between the potency of the product and connecting it to the joy of the outdoors and the overwhelming power of the natural world. From this, we articulated and unified the entire brand portfolio to build this exciting challenger brand on the road to an iconic pathway. We were then able to redefine Tribe’s tone of voice and communication strategy, empowering consumers to push their physical boundaries and to never stop discovering the everyday.”

Adds Jon Vallance, Pearlfisher Associate Creative Director, “Reflecting the idea that Tribe truly empowers its communities, we’ve cropped in to the ‘BE’ of the identity to suggest what you can become through Tribe—bold, adventurous, and powerful. Using a bright and energetic color palette, we brought The Force of Nature ethos to life with abstract illustrations of our natural environment at its most impressive. This bold new visual identity system is communicated across all of the brand’s touch points including print collateral, community materials, posters, website, and packaging design.”

Pearlfisher has also created a new style guide that will inform all future brand development and communication materials, including a Tribe book and new posters due to launch this year.

Tom Stancliffe, Co-Founder of Tribe, says, “It’s exciting to now have such a powerful brand mission statement and idea for us and our followers that strengthens and symbolizes our belief in inspiring Everyday Discovery and our range of offers. It’s powerful, modern, and elemental and will not just help us drive the new initiatives and activity we have planned for the coming months, but propel us forward with our plans to reach new audiences and secure the market position we are aiming for.”

The new Tribe brand range is available for purchase online at the company’s site.

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