Tech in service

Bringing tech innovation to government systems


  • Actionable strategic recommendations
  • Community-centered research
  • Workshop with cross-sector experts
  • Brand narrative and identity
  • Targeted social campaigns

The need

Ford Foundation and a coalition of tech partners approached NationSwell with the goal of creating a revolutionary program that would allow private sector tech companies to support innovation in historically slow-moving government systems.  The program’s focus would be on letting tech-sector employees to work in local, state, or federal governments for a period of time to allow for an infusion of talent, innovation, and healthy disruption to encourage growth and evolution.

We needed to create a brand that could quickly build awareness and credibility with tech sector and government leaders and employees. This pioneering concept would require strategy, creative, and thought partnership to help facilitate a successful brand development and launch.

The action

NationSwell Studio worked with a coalition of tech partners including Ford Foundation to complete a competitive audit, desk research focused on learning from analogous initiatives and gathering insights on what motivators and messaging looks like at key organizations offering civic leave programming, and conducted positioning workshops (strategic insights and discussion with key stakeholders on directions and naming).

We analyzed industry trends related to “leave” policies, civic service, and technology. This allowed us to develop a rationale for how to communicate that a “civic leave” opportunity is beneficial for all parties: technologists, tech executives and their companies, and the government divisions receiving technologists during their leave.  Our insights and interviews were synthesized into our ultimate brand strategy.

We then embarked on a brand naming process that included additional focus grouping and pressure testing, and landed on our brand’s new name: “Tech in Service”.

NationSwell’s Studio team moved ahead with creating the visual and verbal identity of the brand. Our process explored key visual and tonal themes across civic good brands, civic tech brands, and nonprofit brands, ultimately creating visual solution that would set us apart from competitors, inspire civic pride (but remain non-partisan), and offer the flexibility to evolve into an international program (see: “Future state: International logo explorations” below).

With our visual and verbal solution established, we codified it in a Tech in Service Brand Guide and collateral system.  We launched the brand at Code for America 2022 in Washington D.C.  Our launch goal was simple:  Stand out at a competitive conference and drive awareness and program sign-ups. Our collateral design for the launch, which can be viewed below, supported user journeys using prioritized QR codes, branded Typeform pages, retractable banners, flyers, eye-catching motion graphics to draw attendees to our table.

The impact

Award winning

2022 W3 Gold Award for Social Campaigns & Series

1,500+ registrants

We exposed over 1,500 registrants to Tech in Service at Code for America Summit, including technologists, influencers, and potential candidates.



1 brand for the future

We created a design architecture that allowed us to launch in the U.S., but allow the program to expand internationally, enabling governments worldwide to support their people better.

7 organizations

Our interviews included experts from seven organizations, including leading tech companies and public policy advisors.



3 workshops

We lead three workshops to evolve our brand strategy and design process, discussing positioning, visual components, and launch strategy.




Brand guidelines

Logo variation

Code for america launch: promo materials

Brand guidelines

brand guidelines

Brand launch at Code for America

Code for America launch: Retractable banner

Code for America launch: Social media collateral

Code for America launch: Logo animation



PROCESS: Logo explorations

Future state: International logo explorations

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