A brand identity is what differentiates your company and products from all the others. Branding is a personality, added to simple products or services; a personality that helps customers to get more reasons for making their choice and singling out a product or a service among so many competing ones. Designing brand identity is differentiating a brand from its competitors. A brand must be able to stand out of the crowd; however, it is not the ultimate goal of the brand design. Moreover, attracting attention, the brand design should be pleasant and appealing to its consumers and also consistent with the idea that stands behind it. Designing brand identity has to underline a brand's personality and values, communicating them to its target consumers.
In order to do that, a visual design language and the elements, which are able to reinforce the brand's communication, are of a significant help. Below you will find some clues on the things that may help you improve your brand identity design and communication.
Certainly, building a brand identity, first thing to do is to design a brand's logo. It is what will communicate and represent your company everywhere: on its collateral materials, business cards, product packages, etc. A brand logo may be considered as a primary visual element in designing brand identity. However, there are some secondary visual elements, which will enhance the expression of your brand identity. Here are some of them:
· Using graphics in designing brand identity. Psychologists state that people are more responsive to graphics rather than to the texts, as graphics communicate ideas through a visual perception of images and shapes, when texts require more efforts from customers. Usually, graphics are able to grab consumers' attention and motivate them to move on with reading advertising texts.
· Using particular fonts, geometrical forms, colors or design styles may create a special image of your company in its consumers' perception. Those things may underline a professional or casual aspect of your company. Create an emotional mood, corresponding to your business style or product idea. Those visual elements can help you advance your communication and tell the story, which will awake an interest in your target customers.
· Choosing a right combination of visual elements in designing brand identity will help you to build more attractive and noticeable collaterals. All the elements of your design have to make a composition and be in harmony with each other and, in addition, every one of them has to be functional. For instance, fonts have to be readable and colors pertinent and contrasting.
· Using different visual elements you should not leave behind the consistency of your brand identity design. Being consistent and refraining from frequent changes of your brand design, you will uphold your reputation with your customers and win their loyalty.
Visual elements are a tool kit for building brand identity. They can help companies to form distinctive brand designs that will differentiate their brands and products from their competitors.