Keeping History Alive.

Project Details: Completed 2017

  • Client: Ontario Ambulance Historical Society
  • Industry: Historical Society
  • Solutions: Logo Design, Naming


Ontario organization looking to preserve ambulance history, needed a visual identity to help bring to life the start of their historical society.

Project Details

An historical society based out of Southwestern Ontario looking to preserve the history of Ontario’s ambulances, ambulance services, and paramedics was formed in 2017. With the organization's mission, values, and vision already in place, altitude was consulted to help with naming the organization & craft their visual identity. The society's executive arrived at Ontario Ambulance Historical Society.

The logo was created to be a mark that unites the two major elements of their society's purpose, Ontario and ambulances. The Trillium has been the official emblem of Ontario's government since the 1960s and official flower since 1937. Choosing the flower as a representation of Ontario continuously showed up in initial sketches and proved an indelible mark to signify Ontario.


The second element of the logomark is the Star of Life, in Ontario and around the world it represents emergency medical services and their personnel. It is often found with the rod of Asclepius (a symbol of medical care) affixed in the center; however, through our research and consultation a clear and minimalist logo was called for.

The layout of the logomark with the trillium flower and the Star of Life overlapping and offset was done to mimic the geographic shape of Ontario. The colour choice was also derived from research and historical precedence. Historically, Ontario provincial ambulances used to be striped in a deep rich blue, an approximation of this colour is used as the primary colour with this visual identity.

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