For better or worse, most typography is designed to fade to the background. While this may come across as dull, it’s what allows letters to read well, putting the meaning of the words ahead of the designer’s ego. Typically, “fonts” achieve this through a predictably uniform style, but in 2021, I have been seeing wordmarks with individual letters that stand out from the rest.
Starting a business is a process that’s both exciting and scary. But what about creating an entire brand identity? Branding tells the world who you are, what you’re about, and what people can expect from interacting with your business. It’s a big deal!
The difference between a brand, branding, and brand identity
What does Best Film Oscar Winner Gladiator, Britney Spears dancing with a python at the MTV’s Music Video Awards, and the release of the iPod & X-Box all have in common?
2001, June specifically, is the year my boutique brand strategy and design business AgencyBel was founded!
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What does this picture have to do with brand strategy? At the 1965 Newport Folk Festival, Bob Dylan went electric. He plugged his guitar into an amp and proceeded to play his first all-electric set. The chords were the same as before, but the arrangements were new—a new sound for a new age. A lot of traditionalists hated it. But Dylan was never afraid to try something new, and it’s safe to say he was onto something when he went electric.
Sometimes the word “branding” can be intimidating. You may be thinking, “What’s my brand? How should I know?” Well, your brand encompasses how you are different than your competitors, but it doesn’t stop there. It involves your approach, your aesthetic, your value, your core. So if you’re stuck thinking about your brand, first of all consider hiring someone who has helped others develop their brand and represent it visually. Second, start a dialogue with yourself that starts with, “How do I stand out? What makes me different? What’s my value add?”And always keep in mind what you’re trying to achieve. It’s the core of everything you do.