The importance of logo identity

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Why is a logo identity so important? Because we mostly choose the products we buy based on their perceived value rather than their real value.

Logos are all around us. Think clothes labels, running shoes, TVs, smart phones, computers. From the moment we wake to the moment we sleep, they’re an ever-present part of our every day routine.

The average person sees 15,000 advertisements, logos, and labels in a day.

Don’t believe it?

To illustrate the constant presence of logos in our lives, I decided to spend the first few minutes of a typical working day looking at all logos on the products I interact with, beginning with my morning alarm. They ranged to Apple logo on my iPhone, Kellogs logo on my cereal box, Channel 9 logo on the TV show I was watching, Toyota logo on my car, school logo entrance at my sons’ school, a variety of logos on shop fronts as I drove to work.

All these logos in only 2 hours from me being up already, that’s just a glimpse into my day, which is not to say that there weren’t plenty of other logos around at the time — on other food products, books and newspapers, billboards and my clothing.

A logoless company is a like a person without a face.

For years, we have needed and desired social identification. Think of a farmer who brands his cattle to mark his ownership, or the stonemason who proudly chisels his trademark.

When you close your eyes and picture McDonald’s, what do you see? Golden arches? For those products and services that have a strong logo identity, it’s the identity that people often think of first, rather than the product itself. Think of Apple, Nike, Coke and BMW. Chances are good that without even showing you their logos, you’d have a fairly good idea how they look. But also be, a huge marketing budget is necessary to achieve the recognition rates of such organisations, but it’s important to “put on your best face.”

So you see logo identity is vital to any business that wishes to succeed and be remembered. Can you really out a price on that?

Call Spiros at DesignLab to discuss how we can help better your logo identity.

Why looks are important in branding

 

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Why is branding so important? Because we often choose products based on their perceived value rather than their actual value.

With the right branding and careful planning, businesses can increase their product’s perceived value, they can establish a relationship with their customers that can last forever.

It always helps to have a good story to tell. Your job as a designer is to find the story, and tell it wisely. The rest of this chapter shares a few examples of designers who got it just right.

A company without a logo is like person without a face

For along time now people need and desire social identification. Just like a farmer who brands his cows to mark his ownership.

When you close your eyes and picture McDonald’s, what do you see? …. Golden arches? For products and services that have a strong brand identity, it’s the identity that people always think of, rather than the product. Think of Apple, Nike, Coke, and Google. Chances are that without even showing you their logos, you will have a fairly good picture of how they look. Take into account they have a huge marketing budget to achieve the recognition rates of such organisations, but it’s important to “put on your best face.”

Symbols exceed boundaries

To sell a product around the world, your brand has to speak different languages. Luckily easy-to-identify symbols need no translation. Recognisable regardless of culture or language, symbols can enable a business to cross barriers, compete globally, and maintain brand consistency across a large range of media.

Rethinking the importance of a brand

We usually do judge books by their covers, whether it’s fair or not, it’s how we have been brought up. We live in a world that identifies success with image. And that’s why the perceived value of a service or product is greater than the real one. The same visual identity seen over and over again builds trust, and trust keeps your customers coming back for more.

It’s kind of like putting a face to a name— logos help people remember their experiences with businesses.

 

Adelaide Festival Signage

Last Friday February 27th 2015 saw the opening night of the 2015 Adelaide Festival, and we got to be part of a very special VIP cocktail reception followed by an amazing extraordinary show named Azimut. And at 9m, Blinc was switched on at the banks of the River Torrens, which saw the area transformed into an outdoor digital art party (see video below).

For us at DesignLab it has been another successful year being part of a design team whose skills are on signage as well as other services such as graphic design. This year we worked again with Visualcom who are one of Adelaide’s largest and best signage installers. Signage plays a very important role in the Adelaide Festival, we design and develop a lot of different materials such as bus and trams wraps, bus shelter posters, corflutes, large street signage, car decals and much more!

As a business are you aware that your signage is vitally important?

Yes it is! When you stop and think, it makes sense that signage is crucial to your business. In many cases your signage is the first thing a potential customer sees about your business.

Every business has competition… whether it be a little or a lot, and to stay ahead of the pack in a competitive world of business in the 21st century, you need to communicate with prospective customers through your signage, by making sure you are sending a clear message effectively and quickly that says your business is the best choice for them.

What Signage Can Do For Your Business!


Here are some of the basic things good signage can do for your business:

  • Encourages impulse “stop and shop” customers
  • Bolsters and reinforces your other media marketing techniques
  • Helps to make future sales by letting people see your business is there

Signage can be very effective at building your business if you incorporate your corporate identity that help identifies what your business is about. One benefit of branding with signage is that once your logo and brand is firmly established in a locality, it helps reduces the amount of money you need to spend on other advertising. Signage offers an economical and highly effective way of presenting and reinforcing your message to the public.

Whatever type of signage you use for your business, it needs to be carefully designed so that you will reap the maximum benefits of attracting potential customers. DesignLab are always ready to help you create the ideal signage for your business.

To make sure your business makes the best impression, contact DesignLab for all of your signage needs!

DesignLabs Christmas Drinks

Last Thursday on November 27 saw our end of year Christmas party that we hold for all our clients to thank them for their support for the past year. It was a real success and a testament to how far we have come over the past couple of years.

We had such fantastic feedback from all our clients on the night, and most of them were quite amazed that little old us have such a vast range of clients, not to speak the quantity. On the night around 40 clients attended to an open bar and some of the tastiest nibbles (i.e. chicken popcorn, pork belly, prawn burgers and so much more) put on by The Grace Establishment on The Parade in Norwood (our neighbour).

A comment that kept being brought up on the night is that it’s rare for companies to take out their clients, usually a company takes out their staff, but we feel it’s more important and critical to the success of our business that we look after our clients. It’s our mission statement, our vision, it’s the reason we get up in the morning, we love what we do!

Some of the clients that attended were Adelaide Festival (we design all their marketing material for each festival on a yearly basis), Stratco (graphic design of brochures and trade books), City of Prospect (branding), City of Playford (graphic design), Top Tourist Parks (graphic design of all work) and Fork On Road (branding and web design).

We have had a successful year at DesignLab, in particular our new employee Raymond Carpozzi. Welcome Raymond!

Here’s to a even better 2015!

Merry Xmas from the team at DesignLab.