WHY A BRAND IS MORE THAN JUST A LOGO

By Media Design Graduate Enid Nolasco

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What’s your favorite brand of coffee or hot chocolate? I bet the first thing that popped into your mind was the image of a brand’s name or symbol – a logo. However, when you put your hands around that warm cup, you’re not drinking a logo or a company name. With each sip you’re being an active participant of a larger story – a brand.

What’s a brand anyway? Picture yourself at the local coffee shop taking in all that’s around you. The look of the cup, the music playing through the speakers, and the color of the walls – these are all part of a carefully planned experience. A company’s brand is determined by how the masses perceive its product or service. And this perception can be influenced by stimulants such as colors, ads, events, merchandise, social media, and, of course, logos.

READ MORE AT: ENIDNOLASCO.COM

Find the Right Imagery for Social Media Branding

Many famous brands use imagery to capture the essence of their products or service, even more so than their written content. For example, you’ve probably watched a television ad and figured out the brand behind the ad before you even saw a logo or any other identifying product.

Brands focus on quality images that evoke emotional responses, and use them consistently across multiple channels. One of those channels is social media, which provides brands an opportunity to use images to build brand loyalty and promote sharing.

Selecting the right images for social media requires some serious thought. Brands that skimp on the quality of their images risk lowering their brand’s appeal.

Top 10 Websites for Designers – Coolors + How Much Do I Charge?

by Adam Ladd

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The web is an exciting source of inspiration for any designer, whether you spend your work hours devoted to print media, digital or a bit of both. Each month HOW art director Adam Ladd collects his “Top 10″ list of cool websites for designers to continue to delight and entertain us. This month he explores sites that speak to a distinct aesthetic through the use of soft color palettes, like Coolers and Violaine & Jérémy. He showcases design portfolio websites that also use unique styles to distinguish themselves and reflect their work appropriately. Whether it’s a personal brand being represented or a corporate identity, a cohesive look and experience is critical to success.

Read more at howdesign.com

“I Wish I Knew That Before I Created My Portfolio!”

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Top 10 Websites for Designers – A Guide to DPI + Fixate

By: Adam Ladd | September 5, 2014

It’s the universal question we all ask ourselves: In an industry full of so many talented design professionals, how can my work stand out? This month’s cool websites curated by HOW Magazine art director, Adam Ladd, showcase how designers use illustration techniques to uniquely position themselves and their brands in the market (and online). Here, Anastasia’s site boasts stunning illustrations of nature full of bold color and texture. Coming at illustration from a completely different – yet very effective – angle, Fixate web design agency’s site leverages distinct line illustrations to lure in clients and those simply surfing by. These examples and more below reveal the diverse possibilities within the element of illustration, and why it’s something for every designer to explore.

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