Branding is crucial for both well-established companies and young startups. Your company’s brand is more than distinctive colours and logo, it reflects the values of your business and represents an image your consumers can relate to. When consumers associate certain values and principles with your brand, it gains influence and attracts new customers, while also increasing loyalty and engagement among the existing ones.
As many freelancers and agency workers know, Slack is the go-to platform for live business chat and tools. It is the best way of collaborating with colleagues from other countries and time zones. It was originally used as an internal piece of software used in the development of a video game. The game didn’t see the light of day, but the tools used have now become what we know as Slack.
Offthetopofmyhead has created the name, logo and identity for Alcohol Change UK, the new national charity formed from the merger of Alcohol Research UK and Alcohol Concern.
Just like any growing business or a start-up, you have to compete with innumerable big and small brands with devoted client base and large marketing budgets. This is the reason why you have to search for ways to stand out from them. A solid brand building plan is the sure shot solution for this. But branding is much more than a well-placed advertisement or a cool logo. It’s much more than that.
In this book review, we are reviewing Lance Wyman: Process. A proposal for the 1976 USA Bicentennial identity by Unit Editions
This book is a near reproduction of the one-off, leather-bound ‘sketchbook’ that Lance Wyman made to document his design process for the creation of a logo and identity design for the 1976 American Bicentennial celebrations to mark the creation of the USA as an independent republic. It’s a record of the creative process that Wyman went through to arrive at a refined and workable solution.
In many ways, building a company is akin to raising a baby. They both start with conception, and then you nurture it/him for years while loving them more than anything else. So, it goes without saying that when you are designing a professional logo i.e. the face of the company, you want it to be the very best. You don’t want to compromise, and you shouldn’t, for the logo is more than just an attractive design that carries the name of your company, it’s the symbol for everything that the company stands for.
There are lots of things you have to think about when developing your business; you’ve got to build a team, develop a product, figure out your target audience. But in today’s world, when there’s so many new business launching, it’ll make your head spin (there are tens of millions of small businesses on Facebook alone), it’s more important than ever to break through the clutter and connect with your audience. And the best way to do that? Through branding and logo design. In this article, we discuss How the right logo design gets your business going.
Sagi Haviv is a partner and designer at Chermayeff & Geismar & Haviv. Among the over 50 identity programs he has designed are the logos for the Library of Congress, CFA Institute, Harvard University Press, Conservation International, Women’s World Banking, and the US Open. Sagi designed the award-winning animation “Logomotion,” a ten-minute tribute to the firm’s famous trademarks that was not only the first animated trademark sequence of such scope but also introduced a new approach to showcasing a firm’s portfolio.
Paula Scher is one of the most acclaimed graphic designers in the world. She has been a principal in the New York office of the distinguished international design consultancy
Pentagram since 1991, where she has designed identity and branding systems, environmental graphics, packaging and publications for a wide range of clients that includes, among others, Citibank, Microsoft, Bloomberg, Shake Shack, the Museum of Modern Art, Tiffany & Co, the High Line, the Public Theater, the Metropolitan Opera, the Sundance Institute and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
When people ask me to explain brand development, I usually respond with a question and possibly a metaphor of sorts, “Do you think you would be who you are today if you didn’t have your name?”
Most likely the name of a person is the first piece of information we have about them. The first point of contact is what to call another person, this is what we are told to address them by and often, a name is all we have for a while. We then make assumptions or form judgments about them quickly and those assumptions accumulate. So the first piece of information, a name, is paramount. First impressions can set the stage for future and much larger interactions. A name can direct you in a positive or a negative direction.