Many business owners think of branding as either some mysterious black-box process that yields a desirable “aura” to a company, or confuse branding with logo design, which is just one facet (and actually an outcome) of a branding process rather than the starting point. For more on this distinction, see the post “Brand vs. Logo: The Mystery Solved.”
The truth about the process of branding couldn’t be simpler: It is the process of defining or refining your focus; who you are, what makes you different, and what unique value you offer. Then, once defined or refined, being intentional and strategic about making that tangible for people not just in logos and design, but in what you say and—more importantly—do. Read More
What makes a logo not just creative, but strong, successful, and lasting? How do you know when your logo isn’t working the way it should? What makes one concept potentially better than another? How do you narrow down your top choices in a logo redesign to a front-runner when different people are responding to different esthetics?
If a logo designer has done their job, everything they’re showing you should meet the following 10 objective criteria for logos. Unfortunately, it’s not always the case and these key questions can quickly eliminate some concepts from the running and help you quickly focus your efforts. It’s intriguing how quickly this list can reshuffle your feelings about an existing company logo or new logo proposals you’re presented with. Read More
Whether you’re at the point of evaluating new logo concepts as part of a rebranding process, or just trying to figure out if your current logo still has staying power, the key is to look at something beyond the simple and subjective decision of whether you “like it” esthetically or think it’s “creative.”
It’s hard to look at things objectively in relation to logos and other creative products. We’re all programmed to react to things based on our own filters and preferences, and as business people we frequently lack the vocabulary to discuss these issues or the nuances that come with them.
While it’s ideal to love your own logo and other brand assets, the most important thing for your business is how well it portrays the essence of your company’s brand and value, how it connects with customers, what it communicates to them, and whether it’s utility meets your long-term business needs. After all, it’s a tool for growing your business, not art to hang on your wall at home.
So how do you know if your logo does its job?