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Pulmonary Vascular Research Institute (PVRI)
Stakeholder engagement
Brand positioning and messaging
Visual identity and logo design
Collateral and Templates
Brand guidelines
Membership organisations
Other healthcare

Pulmonary Vascular Research Institute (PVRI) wanted to raise its profile and attract new members. They chose IE Brand to refresh the brand and visual identity, which had been in place since 2006. 

PVRI is a global membership charity that brings together experts, researchers, and industry leaders to combat pulmonary vascular diseases (PVD). Through innovation, education, research and advocacy, PVRI is helping healthcare professionals to better understand PVD, and improve diagnosis, treatment and care. 

IE's brand designers created a beautiful new visual identity reflecting a sense of collaboration and a global community. The more modern brand helps PVRI to move forward with confidence. Members described the distinctive new logo as vibrant, warm, and memorable. 

Pair of PVRI branded banner stands for an event
Dr Usha Raj from University of Illinois smiling with a microphone. Taken at PVRI's Women in Pulmonary Hypertension Luncheon, held during the Annual Congress, February 2024. Other women visible in the foreground and background, slightly out of focus.
Huge PVRI signage on the side of a building. PVRI logo in white on a background of a signature fluid shape in shades of pink, plum, purple and indigo. With an arrow showing people the event is 'This way'
Understanding the brand problem

Pulmonary Vascular Research Institute (PVRI) wanted a refreshed brand to help them stand out from similar membership organisations in the professional healthcare sector. 

Modernising to appeal to new members

PVRI felt that the old branding, in place since 2006, no longer reflected their work. The old logo and visual identity looked dated, and the brand typeface didn’t meet modern accessibility standards. 

They wanted to raise their profile and attract more people to engage with the organisation – and collaborate with each other. Plus, they wanted to grow the membership and bring more people to their events. To appeal to new members, particularly younger specialists, they needed to evolve the brand to something slicker and more modern. 


IE Brand facilitated a workshop with internal stakeholders, to capture internal perceptions of the old brand. 

We looked at PVRI’s key audiences, their needs and behaviours. Audiences included: 

  • Specialists in pulmonary hypertension (PH) or pulmonary vascular disease (PVD)
  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Drug regulators 
  • Funders 
  • GPs and Nurses 
  • Patients and families 
  • Partner organisations
  • General public

We also talked about the brand’s personality, using our metaphor of  ‘brand as a person’, and looked at their various sub-brands. 

Cover page and double page spread from the programme for PVRI's 2024 Congress event
Our modern and fresh visual identity embraces an exciting new chapter for the organisation. We wanted to ensure it reflects our members' energy, passion, and commitment to PVD, and the feeling of PVRI as a global family.
Karen Osborn, PVRI CEO
Branded lanyards and event name badges in the PVRI brand and colours
Setting a new brand direction

IE Brand took a messaging-light approach to PVRI’s rebrand. We defined the new brand proposition, personality, and strapline ‘Together to beat pulmonary vascular diseases’.

We brought out PVRI’s brand personality: capable, sincere and driven. 

  • Capable because they work with the world’s leading PV specialists.
  • Sincere because they are always transparent and honest with the PV community. 
  • Driven to transform the lives of millions of people affected by PVD.

The brand’s new tone of voice is confident, clear, thought provoking, respectful, warm, enthusiastic and engaging. Based on this work, PVRI’s in house team crafted messaging for each of its key audiences. 

Defining a successful visual identity

We briefed our brand designers to create a visual identity to embody the brand’s new personality and tone of voice. The new visual identity needed to stand out from similar organisations, creating a platform to celebrate the charity’s impact and allowing PVRI to move forward with confidence. 

PVRI needed their visual identity to bring their work to life, explaining what they do and why people should care. It needed to balance clinical excellence, competency and authority with sincerity, excitement, and warmth. 

It also needed to adapt to in-person and virtual events, publications including the Pulmonary Circulation Journal, and different task forces and symposia.

Timeline infographic created using PVRI's signature fluid shapes in shades of pink, plum, purple and indigo. Shown on a laptop screen.
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Trustees report and financial statements report covers in purple, pink, plum and indigo
A distinctive new visual identity

IE Brand’s designers created a flexible and bold visual identity, reflecting a sense of collaboration and a global community. 

The new logo features an abstract icon of a pair of lungs, forming the shape of a heart in the central negative space. This is complemented by a clear, modern wordmark. 

Since Pulmonary Vascular Research (PVR) is a well-recognised term, we emphasised PVR in upper case, with a lower case i. This makes the logo distinctive, while demoting the word ‘institute’ in the full name. 

Vibrant and warm – the new logo

The ‘lungs’ icon is flooded with a colourful gradient in the brand’s new colour palette: deep pink, plum, purple, and indigo. Purple is commonly associated with Pulmonary Vascular Research, putting PVRI at the heart of this specialist scientific community. It’s also a clear evolution from the blue and red of the old PVRI logo. 

We also created an animated version of the logo, where the heart beats. Members described the new logo as vibrant, warm, and memorable. 

Harmony and energy – the new visual identity

The rest of the visual identity takes inspiration from the icon to create a suite of fluid shapes. They add a sense of harmony and energy to the visual identity, helping to communicate PVRI’s community coming together to share ideas and research. The shapes can be used in outline only or flooded with the colourful gradient. They can also be used to frame authentic photography of PVRI’s members and events. 

Like the logo, the fluid shapes animate beautifully, giving an almost hypnotic effect like a lava lamp. 

All these elements combine with bold typography to create interesting and impactful design compositions. 

Branded PVRI stationery: letterhead, business cards, compliments slip, envelope and pencils
Copies of the PVRI Congress' scientific programme
The entrance to the PVRI Annual Conference, with the PVRI logo shown an a giant LED screen at the bottom of a set of escalators. More screens to the sides feature a bright pattern in indigo shades, drawing the eye to the logo. The purple shades are reflected on the shiny floor and ceiling.
Our new logo captured the hearts and minds of over 500 pulmonary hypertension experts, researchers, industry [representatives], charity partners, drug regulators, and patients from over 31 countries. The new logo, described by members as vibrant, warm, and memorable, builds on PVRI’s legacy while modernising key elements to bring their much-loved warm and caring nature to life.

Since we began in 2006, there have been significant strides in research and medicine, but there is more to be done to achieve the vision of a world without Pulmonary Vascular Disease (PVD). Our new modern logo signifies a rejuvenated energy to achieve this vision.
PVRI rebrand announcement
PVRI members chatting at the Annual Congress event in London
Stack of PVRI's Pulmonary Circulation publications in the new branding
Launching the new brand

The new brand was unveiled in February 2024 at PVRI’s Annual Congress held in London. The new logo captured the hearts and minds of over 500 pulmonary hypertension experts, researchers, industry representatives, charity partners, drug regulators, and patients from over 31 countries.

To get them ready for launch, IE designed key collateral for the event including:

  • Annual Congress brochure

  • Awards programme and certificates

  • Banner stands

  • Name badges

  • Social media banners

  • PowerPoint templates

Double page spreads from a PVRI event programme