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 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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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1answer
455 views

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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 ...
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What are key elements that define a design as vintage?

Curious to know what key elements out there that some use or see that defines a design as vintage. I know some would consider vintage by the typography or pattern used in the design but what are ...
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How is my kerning?

I'm new to graphic design and I have this branding project I am working on. I need to know how my kerning is for the dimension given in the picture below; I'm finding it rather difficult in ...
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What special considerations are there for printing on 'flag' signage?

I have been asked to design some advertising to print on tear-drop street signage similar to this: My question is; are there things to keep in mind when designing for this medium as opposed to ...
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Logo / process critique

I included my design thinking in the picture above; I would greatly appreciate any comments or questions about my process and final result. The objective is to create an identity for a ...
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Logo distribution - without color profiles?

The company I work for recently started a partnership program. Part of the program includes us sending out our logo to our partners which they will include in their websites, signs and printed ...
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How do you determine colors for a logo on black and white backgrounds?

How do I choose the colors for a logo in order that it can be used on both black and white mediums? Should I use two different color schemes? Are there other methods of making a single logo which ...
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What is term for a brand identity “color treatment”?

What is the industry standard term for a set of color guidelines for a brand identity? Logo Usage Guidelines Brand Identity Guidelines Something else? Edit: As Scott mentioned "whatever works". ...
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Critique: Help with placement of logo elements in relation to each other for a web and app-based music service

I've developed a logo for a web and app-based music service. I'm pretty happy with the shape of the icon, it's very close to what I envisaged before making it. However, I can't seem to find a ...
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Too long name for portfolio site

I'm making a portfolio website, but I have a short first name, but a long last name! Wxxx - first name Vxx Dxx Dxxxxxxxx - last name I've started with a logo with just my first name or something ...
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Is it OK to alter the original logo on dark background or it's not a best practice for Branding?

Like below. Or we should try to make the change the original logo so it can look identical on any background? Can the 2nd logo (inverted) harm the branding or it's ok? It's easy to inverse a ...
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logo for clothing brand using 3d block

I'm designing a clothing brand logo and it uses a 3D children's toy block. We've looked at other clothing logos but none are in 3D. Is it ok to use a 3D object in a clothing brand logo?
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How does apple use its logo? A question about gradient logos

I'm an aspiring logo designer so I'm doing some research. Apple's logo, according to all the "evolution of the Apple logo" photos, shows their current logo as being a 3d type Grey gradient logo. So ...
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What are examples of creative uses of restaurant print design paraphernalia?

I was recently asked to design all the print design paraphernalia for a tapas restaurant of a great friend of mine. That would include a menu listing all the tapas and wines, a glass pad, a place mat, ...