I love this simple yet effective healthcare rebrand

Ostro branding
(Image credit: Ostro)

The world of US healthcare is complex, and often hard to navigate, which is why simple design and branding solutions stand out in this space. And a rebrand by Mucho has given life science software Ostro a head-turning new look.

Ostro aims to help patients navigate the US healthcare system, connecting people to the medicines and treatments that are best suited to them. Previously known as RxDefine, Ostro needed a new brand that clearly communicated its complex offering – and Mucho has clearly been reading some of the best branding books.

Ostro branding

The hole punch effect really works (Image credit: Ostro)

Mucho worked with A Hundred Monkeys to develop a new name, Ostro, which means 'a wind in the Mediterranean coming from the South'. It also hints at navigation – part of what Ostro does, although as far as we know there's no sea involved.

The new brand was inspired by construction system Meccano, which fits Ostro because of the connections and links Ostro provides. The new logo is built on a Meccano-like modular lozenge, and the graphic language extends on this. The branding also reminds me of hospital wristbands, which seems fitting. 

Ostro branding

The wristband vibes create an inter-connected graphic language (Image credit: Ostro)

The type is Neue Haas Grotesk, aka Helvetica, which is a simple yet apt choice for the brand. Overall, this is a simple yet effective solution for a complex offering.

Ostro branding graphic language

Clean, clear copy explains Ostro's offering (Image credit: Ostro)

For another example of branding done well, see our recent piece on DCYPHER. And if you've created some branding you think could be worthy of an award, then enter the Brand Impact Awards now. If you win, you'd be in good company – Mucho won four awards last year.

Enter your best branding projects to the Brand Impact Awards now (Image credit: Future)

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Rosie Hilder

Rosie Hilder is Creative Bloq's Deputy Editor. After beginning her career in journalism in Argentina – where she worked as Deputy Editor of Time Out Buenos Aires – she moved back to the UK and joined Future Plc in 2016. Since then, she's worked as Operations Editor on magazines including Computer Arts, 3D World and Paint & Draw and Mac|Life. In 2018, she joined Creative Bloq, where she now assists with the daily management of the site, including growing the site's reach, getting involved in events, such as judging the Brand Impact Awards, and helping make sure our content serves the reader as best it can.