Questions regarding imagery, colors, typefaces, or other visual or audio items used to identify a business entity.

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When/how to stop brainstorming new ideas and move on when there is no clear frontrunner?

I'm currently working on naming a product, and I have a list of names. Some are okay, some aren't, but I know at some point I have to close the list, pick a couple that sound good, and present them to ...
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How was brand consistency maintained before computers?

The era of computers makes it easy to regulate brand consistency - you can e-mail anyone your branding guidelines in a PDF and it will have all the information they need. However, I still sometimes ...
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How can I lock down Microsoft Word to protect our branding?

I re-branded our organization a couple years ago and created what I thought were very "easy to use" Word templates for things like letterhead, forms, and long documents. As well intentioned as my ...
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What's the difference between a logo and branding?

Are they the same thing? Or does branding = logo + colour palette + typeface? Edit: Just to highlight that I asked about 'branding' - which I definitely hear used to mean solely visual elements - ...
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How can I represent “fast” or “Fastest” in a logo? Any successful examples?

I am doing rebranding of a company that provides internet through fiber-optic cables. I want to portray "FAST", "fiber optics" and "connectivity" in that logo. In all my initial sketches, I have ...
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What is the best way to roll out new branding?

If a company has been in business for some time they generally have a stockpile of branded materials in addition to online content. How should the company handle utilizing a new brand design or ...
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How can I explain to my client that more than two fonts in a logo is a bad idea?

I created a logo using an M & C from Moonhouse font. I modified them letters to suit their brand, but the basic shape is still recognizable. The company name is in Goodtimes font, to indicate that ...
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How do you present typeface options to your team during a rebranding

The startup web dev shop I work for is maturing and all the design/branding decisions that were thrown together early on are being reconsidered (logo, typeface, colors, ect...) for a big rebranding. ...
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As a graphic designer, should I use my personal name or create a business name/branding?

For a designer who begins doing freelance or start (or renaming) his/her own business, there's usually that critical decision that must be made: Should I use my own name or have a business name for ...
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How to convince a client to have their logo redesigned?

My current client have requested a full campaign, brochures, website, all material except they have requested that the logo stays the same. They are a relatively mid-sized company, and have had the ...
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Branding a company that has no public identity

Ok, that title might seem a little strange, but I will try to explain. And I will say, I do know this is more of a discussion type question, and not a technical question. Hopefully I wont get ...
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Different Logo Colors for Different Uses, Appropriate?

I am finalizing the last step of my logo redesign process. Is it ok not to have a regular color when presenting my logo? I am thinking about having a defined list of colors for different use cases ...
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What do different bracket/braces/parens in logos mean?

I'm thinking on a logo for my personal site that is tech/dev oriented and I've been curious about the use of brackets/braces/parens in logos. Most of these special characters have a lot of different ...
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2answers
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Handling non-standard fonts in corporate identity

How do organizations successfully manage their corporate identity when their brand guidelines incorporate non-standard fonts? In particular, external-facing materials that are not developed by the ...
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Using stock images for logos

What are the rules concerning incorporating stock image elements into a website branding or logo? From what I understand, IStockPhoto.com doesn't allow it. Are there any stock images sites that ...
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Designing interesting looking websites in greyscale, minimal tones

I know a business that wanted a website to match their brand, and it would seem that they are allergic to colour. I think designs in greyscale can look amazing, especially in print, but it feels near ...
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Methods for designing identity systems beyond the logo

I've been designing logos for awhile now, and I'd like to think that I've gotten better at it over time. Part of that is because I tend to have a few design goals in mind and a process worked out that ...
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Logos with avatars (mascots) vs anything else

Has anyone seen a study on how users react to logos that contain alive things like birds vs just geometric shapes or really anything else? I assume everyone will grow to love a mascot more then just a ...
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Resources for metrics about brands

I love the site Emblemetric but I've read everything on there since it's not updated so often. Where can I find other resources dedicated to metrics and analyzing logo trends?
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Which of these font communicates “luxury products” better?

We are about to create a new luxury fashion brand. We researched many trademark logos, and saw they use different font types. We cannot decide between the two different fonts below. We target people ...
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How can you turn a clients ideas for how they want their brand to be into graphical elements?

I have all the essentials, their vision statement, their mission statement, core values, target market, values... on and on. I am just having the hardest time trying to come up with graphical elements ...
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How can a designer decide whether a competitors design is similar enough to their own to take further action?

There is a lot of copycatting out in the world, and it's a constant legal battle fought in higher courts. For us ants on the ground, grinding away in smaller capacities with little or no permanent ...
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How to explain the reasoning for and against a font choice?

I have a client who runs a fairly traditional transport business; no thrills, creativity or fun about it. Until recently, he has been using a combination of Bookman Old Style Bold for headings with ...
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Why is it called branding 'collateral'

I use the term from time to time and i just cant get my head around it why is it called branding 'collateral' - in my mind collateral is something you put up as a security, usually in conjunction to a ...
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Can I make changes to the Facebook 'f' square logo like removing the background?

The Facebook Do's and Don'ts say that I'm not allowed to modify the logo. I don't want to modify the logo, I just want to use the white 'f' without the blue backdrop. Does anyone know if this is ...
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How to portray “confidence” and “reliability” in a brochure

I have to design a brochure for a client. I don't understand much of brand identity, but my client says his brochure should reflect the following: Professional It should not be the flavour of the ...
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Double sided letterhead design with heavy ink coverage on the reverse

I have a question for seasoned graphic designers. I'm designing a logo and a stationary including the letterhead. The back of the letterhead uses a very dark background. The question is, is it risky ...
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BRANDING: How can you create a 'brand' for many different companies under one parent company?

How can you 'brand' 5 different websites that live under one parent company that are all very similar with the exception of the demographic? Stack Exchange is a very good example because they sites ...
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Does this Chinese font fit in with our brand?

We are about to make the Chinese version of our charity website live but I'm not certain about the font we are using. Our Chinese office say they are happy with the system default but they don't have ...
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Typeface suggestions for both family programming and contemporary art

I work at a fairly large not-for-profit arts/cultural organization that hosts diverse activities from children's art camps to family cultural events and contemporary art/performance. We use Trade ...
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“Pretty” design vs “appropriate” design

Ok, I'm really interested in hearing the feedback of others on this one. I work in a company with a number of marketing managers (as I've stated in a couple of other posts)... And we have FINALLY ...
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Critique: Are these text-based logos positioned comfortably, and do they convey elegance?

Something is amiss about this logo I've made for myself. I am a design student, and soon-to-be graduate. This logo will go on my business card and possibly other promo things in order to allow me to ...
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Should your website and logo have the same color scheme

I am working on a completely new blog from scratch. New logo, branding, house style, everything needs to be done. Now the logo that is designed for the website has 3 colors, brown, green and black. ...
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Why is Blue/Green/Yellow/Red such a popular color scheme for logos?

Why is the combination of Blue/Green/Yellow/Red squares or letters such a popular scheme used in many logos of tech companies? The popular examples being the Windows Flag icon, Google logo and the ...
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Is providing only minimal contact details bad for freelance designers?

If a freelance designer is re-branding, is it bad to use a minimalist approach to providing contact detail - email, phone etc? Example: I hardly ever do phone calls unless it's for a conference and ...
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Is it acceptable to use different but similar typefaces for print content and web content?

To be more specific, is it acceptable to have two different typefaces used for headers? One will be used for web content and the other for print or more static content where the type won't be at the ...
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Are there rules, guidelines or methods to face the creation of international branding?

I was asked to completely create from zero a new brand (and logo) which its name must be: Short (one or two very short words). International. Means that should be easily readable and easily ...
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Difference between brand/design style guide and a UI Pattern Library and how to avoid conflicts?

What is normally covered in a brand style guide that is not included in a standard design style guide in the context of traditional and digital production? Does the brand style guide only cover the ...
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Are new brand names/logos typically trademarked, and what are the most common reasons for doing so?

I've been doing some preliminary reading on trademark law, and I see that a trademark with the USPTO isn't necessary to defend the uniqueness of your new brand name or log in court. The USPTO gives ...
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How can I create a letterhead template that doesn't break our company branding guidelines?

I'm a director of a nonprofit, and I've been working on a letterhead for my group that we can use. Nearly a decade ago, we had an actual graphic designer draw up a branding guide for us that we try ...
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Critique: Musically Inspired Brand Identity Design for a Freelancing Home Studio Music Producer

My name is Kaitav Sapre and I am an independent home studio music producer. I am having a new logo designed for myself, but I am unsure about the type of logo I should consider getting designed, and ...
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What items is a company's brand identity typically applied to?

I'm a newbie in Branding of products in the market using Graphics Design and as per my question, I would like to know what items are supposed to be branded for a photographer as a client? Branding is ...
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Is it bad practice to use non-brand fonts in ads?

I'm working on a set of ads designed to have a social media sort of feel. Generally, these ads have a header and a sub-header on a stock image. The brand has a specific header and body font that must ...
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Free Style Guide / Brand Guideline Templates [closed]

Does anyone know where / if I can download any for free? It's more just the content that I'm after, I could then tailor that and the design of the document itself to each branding job that I work on. ...
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What type of information should a logo display, or what makes a great logo?

For example, for a tech company, should one be able to look at a logo and immediately see 'tech company', or whatever niche that company may provide\service? Also, is the color scheme important as ...
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What are the best practices for providing a client with brand assets?

I have created a logo for a client and don't know the best way to give the file to the client. What are the best file types to provide the client, eg illustrator, Photoshop, jpeg, TIFF and what ...
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Can a visual identity evolve?

Iv been given a creative director as my first job and am developing our visual identity from scratch.. We are an outdoor media owner.. If created a simple cartoony style for all our illustration.. Can ...
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C&C on a minimal logo that represents my name (“octopod”)

I am very much dying for a second opinion on a logo that brands my name. I have gone through many different logos without asking what other people think of them. The goal here is to represent my name ...
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What are some good resources for branding exercises or workshops?

I have the chance to set up the branding for a friend's start up business. We're not looking at actual logos just yet, just trying to work out a voice, look and feel for the business - map out what ...
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Creating a custom grid for a logo in Illustrator

I always wondered how to create a those custom grids like you can see on David Pache's works (http://dribbble.com/helveticbrands) and Igor Duibanov. I found out how to create a tangent to a circle ...