2015 was a year in which BRIT grew both inward and outward. The Botanical Research Institute of Texas deepened its roots by digging into its own resources. An eleven-month survey of the herbarium unlocked the secrets of their plant collection, uncovering the true size and scope of the herbarium while pointing to research opportunities under our own roof. At the same time, they brought on a new executive director, Ed Schneider, to lead the organization into the next chapter of its story within our community.
Schaefer developed the 2015 BRIT Annual Report as a modern field guide of sorts. The piece brings together the institution’s vast scientific knowledge, the beauty of its subject matter and the community of people who love BRIT. On the cover we used a natural, craft paper similar to sturdy field guides or journals, but used a gold foil illustration to contrast the more rustic look with something more modern and sophisticated.
We included four, nineteenth century etchings, printed on translucent vellum, to highlight the impressive collections housed within the walls of BRITs office. Not many people know that BRIT is home to one of the largest herbaria in the in the United States with over a million specimens. They also have an impressive collection of original etchings, paintings and books dating back to the 1700’s. We felt these collections presented a new side of BRIT and positioned them right alongside the incredible museum neighbors in Fort Worth’s cultural district.
We also worked with photographer Gary Logan to capture portraits of the individuals who played big roles in this past year’s success. The portraits brought faces to the institution and broke down any perception of BRIT being solely focused on plants. They are truly made up of great people with tremendous passion for what they do and the impact of their pursuit goes beyond what most of us know.
We are really pleased with the end result and proud to partner with BRIT for a second year in a row.
It’s been 4 years since Moncrief Cancer Institute, part of UT Southwestern’s world-renowned NCI designated cancer program, last presented an annual report, and since then there has been tremendous growth in outreach activities and services provided. Consequently, Moncrief came to Schaefer looking for a way to update the community on news, growth, and upcoming plans in a way that was engaging and went beyond the standard annual report.
Instead of simply presenting the information in a passive way, we wanted to ask something of the reader while at the same time introducing Moncrief’s brand essence and subsequently creating an umbrella under which future materials could be produced.
The central theme of the report acknowledged that no one is for cancer; therefore everyone’s against it. Or in other words, everyone is fighting cancer. Not just those directly affected by the pervasive disease, but each of us in our own way is in the fight. That’s a concept that not everyone grasps. So we took the opportunity to position Moncrief as a leader in the fight against cancer.
Moncrief has taken on the role of informing and empowering the entire community to rally around the fight against cancer. With this idea in mind, the report specifically dove into how Moncrief is helping reduce the threat of cancer in our community through education and putting the right resources in the right places to make superlative cancer care and treatment available to those in need. And coming full circle, through the Moncrief Cancer Institute programs we are providing a platform for the community to engage in the fight, whether for themselves or for others.
Photography by Dennis Murphy
Throughout the Fort Worth community, the Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT) is known to most as the beautiful building next to the Botanic Gardens. Beyond the visual attraction of the building, they have a rich history in our community and a tremendous reputation in their industry.
BRIT views the world and their interactions with the planet through the lens of the BRIT Nexus. This perspective prioritizes water, plants, soil, food and energy and focuses on the interactions between those five elements. This focus informs everything the organization does.
Schaefer was asked to inform members of this unique process while showing how it impacted all of their efforts. This challenge led us to create the BRIT Annual Report as two books in one. The “top” book featured the BRIT Nexus and used infographics to communicate specific topical information about each of the primary elements of the Nexus. The bottom book looked back at the year and explored a diverse range of projects and initiatives that they were involved in throughout 2014.
“The BRIT nexus informs everything we do.” Pat Harrison, BRIT Interim Executive Director
The report features a modern aesthetic, with a bright and energetic tone that distances itself from a ‘granola’ stereotype. BRIT has successfully laid down strong roots in our community and continue to look beyond to big issues facing our world today. We are grateful to work with them and help them bring their knowledge to the world.