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Design Should Reflect Your Brand Identity

Written by | Thursday, 01 August 2013 00:00 | Published in 2013 August
What is a brand? No, it isn't just your logo, or your identity, it's deeper than that. All of these elements work together to define your company, but your brand can often be dismissed. So what is your brand? Your brand can be described as being the way your company is perceived on an emotional level. I'm going to go over a few things you can do as a designer, to make sure you are clearly depicting a company's brand the right way through identity design.
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Hold On -

Before even thinking about designing something, you first have to learn more about the company. Find out more about the company's personality by asking a lot of questions.

Ideas to ask:

  • Describe your brand in 5 words or less
  • What are the products or services you sell?
  • What are your passions?
  • What's your mission statement?
  • What are your strengths/weaknesses?
  • What do you want to be known for?
  • What makes you unique?

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Team Up with Marketing

It's also a good idea to team up with marketing and look at the company's personas. A persona is a profile detailing the demographic, psychographic, wants, needs, and other detail that fully describes one a key member of the company's target audience.

After you've figured out all about how the company acts and how they want to be portrayed to the personas, now you can do what you do best and design your heart out.

Stay Consistent

You can't go crazy; you need to be consistent with the brand components. Everything from the typography, color, and photography need to be related. You will only confuse people if you switch the colors and font from page to page.

Colors

You've probably heard that different colors evoke different emotions. For instance, blue says trust to a lot of people and yellow has a feeling of happiness. You can even do a little color research and find out which colors your target audience gravitate toward.

 

Learn How Colors Affect Conversions

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Pictures

Ditch the dull stock photos. All those do is make you look like a boring corporation. Add flare to your company by displaying real photos of the employees and the place you work. It will make your company stand out and be more personable. To see how ridiculous stock photos can be, take a look at this HubSpot blog post

Another way to show your brand through design is by incorporating a culture section on your website. This is a place where you can really show your brand's personality and separate yourself from the other companies in your field. Have fun with it. You don't have to just stick with pictures of you sitting at a desk at work. Show who you are outside of work, or just having fun.

Bigger Picture

You don't always have to start your brand out with a logo. Keep the brand strategy open for change. Once you've developed a better sense of your brand, you can come back to your logo and it will define your company better than creating it from the get-go.

Don't Overdo It

Whitespace is OK. In fact, whitespace is necessary for a great website. You don't want to look like you've compiled every element possible on one page. It's easy to overdo it because you want to add a lot of different things.

Whitespace isn't the enemy. With whitespaces on the page, you are allowing people to move around the page without being bombarded with design.

Here's an example of a bit too much going on:

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Here are more resources for defining your brand and where the graphics came from

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Hannah Kaufman

Hannah Kaufman

Hi my name is Hannah, the Associate Inbound Marketing Strategist at Savvy Panda! I love to write blogs and I enjoy learning new Inbound strategies in order to help and influence businesses. 

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