Differences In Brand Identity

In the world of graphic design in Melbourne FL, brand Identity the first identifying factor of any company is the logo. Logo design and design services tend to exercise different development strategies, but the result is always going to be one of 3 styles of brand.

  • An Icon or emblem
  • Wordmark
  • Combination of both

Logo

A logo may consist of just an Emblem / Icon, A wordmark or both. Your logo should encompass every essence of your business. It should evoke a certain “feeling” to an individual at a glance when done correctly. The logo is the face of an organization and it must almost have an unspoken voice and a lot to say with just visual presentation.

Graphic Design in Melbourne FL

Wordmark

A Wordmark is an element of a logo or may be a logo itself. The makeup of a work mark is just that, words. Stylized, but just words. You see wordmarks everywhere and some of the biggest corporations such as Canon and Google use just that, Stylized lettering. However, lacking in aesthetic feel brands such as these they maintain visual identity based on the company size.

Stylizing fonts may include using variations such as bold or script fonts. Some may even be handwritten not using a font set but a custom font such as Sharpie or Disney.

This would still be a Stylized Font to makeup a wordmark.

Graphic Design in Melbourne FLThe Emblem / Icon

An emblem can be an element of a developed logo that signifies an important element and summarizes the essence of the brand. This simple element can quickly be used to designate the presence of the brand without having to display the entire brand or logo.

When you see the Golden Arches you immediately think McDonald’s even if the words are not visibly displayed, the brand itself is recognized by the emblem. In the same fashion when you see the swoosh you jump to Nike, again without having to display the entire logo.

This is not the case with all brand expression. It takes a great feat for a company to reach a level of recognition in which they could drop the wordmark and be recognized.

However, there are marketing strategies that brand just the icon in a mystique an approach in stirring up curiosity. In those cases, the icon is used to promote the campaign and drive the company idea.

Graphic Design in Melbourne FL

 

With Graphic Design in Melbourne FL and by following this information, you can also be on the right track to attracting your customers and becoming memorable. At The AD Leaf ®, we can create any design that any company would be proud of. For more information about our graphic design in Melbourne FL solutions, contact us today at info@theadleaf.com or give us a call at 321-255-0900.

Vector VS Raster

Graphic Design in Melbourne FL

In the world of design, just like any craft, Knowing what you’re working with will help you determine the best path to take when tackling a project. It may also save time and money when making the decision to use the right tool for the right job or in the case of this article, the right format for the right job.

Vector Art

Vector art, which are made of lines and curves known as paths, are composed of data and mathematical theory. Vector art is generally created with a software program. Within this program, start point curves and nodes are created using a variety of tools within the program to assign not only shape by anchor point and lines but you can also assign color to the stroke or fill. Any of the lines and curves in the image can be assigned a color value. Because the artwork is all data, it can be scaled infinitely without losing assigned detail or begin to look pixelated.

You can easily spot a vector art file as the edges are consistently crisp. No matter how large you make it or how close you zoom in, the edges will always appear sharp and smooth.

Another advantage of vector art is file size. Vector art contains no pixel data and does not have to hold the information of the entire workspace. It is due to this that vector art is generally smaller than raster art. Because it is line art the only information that the files hold are “coordinates” of where lines start and stop and what color attributes are contained on the stroke or the fill.

The flexibility of being able to be transposed into other formats is one of the reasons that designers prefer vector art when designing logos and other supporting elements. This will allow ease when transposing and scaling the graphic elements from vector source to final design piece.

Commonly used vector file types include but are not limited to: AI – Adobe Illustrator, EPS – Encapsulated post script and SVG -Scalable Vector Graphic.

There are a number of computer programs that can create and manipulate these files for use, and some have a custom extension for the file relative to the program. i.e. Corel Draw will create a .CDR file and although it is a vector file it is possible that you may need to export it to a different format in order to open or import into a different program. It is critical that you save as or export to a compatible file type when importing it into a different program.

Raster art

Raster images are often recognized as a bitmap image. This file type contains data that is composed on a grid. Within the grid there are squares that are filled with a specified color. The higher the resolution the more “squares” within a grid that are assigned color, hence more detail. This factor is commonly known as DPI (dots per inch) and/or PPI (pixels per inch).

Higher resolution means more detail and more data that has to be stored in order to render the image.

Photography is a good example of when raster art is exclusively used.

When you take a picture with a digital camera, what is rendered is a copy of the image data that is seen through the lens. The file that is created is pixel data on a grid that contains millions of squares assigned a color formula and collectively make up the image.

Conclusion

Starting with the correct file type will prevent you having to possibly rework the file at a later time. Evaluate the project in its full scope to gain an understating on the best way to compose your file.

Logos and illustrations are highly repurposed in a graphic campaign, therefore a vector format is the recommended file type. Photography, highly detailed images and background images are commonly raster format due to the ability maintain color data.

With Graphic Design in Melbourne FL and by following this information, you can also be on the right track to attracting your customers and becoming memorable. At The AD Leaf ®, we can create any design that any company would be proud of. For more information about our graphic design in Melbourne FL solutions, contact us today at info@theadleaf.com or give us a call at 321-255-0900.

Graphic Design: Hand lettering

Graphic Design in Melbourne FL

When most people think of graphic design in Melbourne FL, they think about keeping up on current trends, thousands of dollars in high-end graphics cards for super monster computers, not to mention the years and years of schooling it normally takes just to learn to be proficient in the graphic programs to hopefully, possibly, one day make a decent living doing what they love.

Just like with almost anything in Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator, if it seems too complicated, there just might be a better way… Well, there is.

Remember when we were little kids, we would spend aimlessly for hours with construction paper and big fat markers just making random circles, shapes, and maybe even signing your name repeatedly because you have no idea, you might be a famous artist one day and you will have to sign a lot of autographs.

Well, that child sitting on their bed with those dollar store markers and construction paper at this stage is closer to a lucrative career as a graphic designer than the few who believe that just by having the new Wacom – Cintiq Pro 24 Creative Pen and Touch Display, for the low price of 2850.00 will get their graphics game to the next level. It’s the artist not the paintbrush, or in this case the marker. So we are going to dive a little bit onto hand lettering and other lower-tech disciplines.

Calligraphy, hand lettering, and typography are the terms designers use to differentiate styles of the same thing, attractive lettering.

Calligraphy is a discipline like none other, hours and hours of writing letters in a specific way that demands close and unbroken attention to eventually build up a muscle memory that will allow you to convey themes and emotions through the simply the alphabet. This skill is rare and therefore always in very high demand.

Hand lettering, as with all art requires discipline, however, it’s an adjacent kind of discipline to calligraphy. Calligraphy demands strict light upstrokes and dramatic thick down strokes were in hand lettering it is more like whimsically drawing the letters as opposed to formally writing them. In the last two to three years hand lettering has virtually exploded on the scene from quotes, t-shirts, coffee mugs, and just anything else you can simply write and want to convey a sense of fun and whimsy while still being legible and aesthetically pleasing to the eye. Most companies that have hired hand lettering artists pay very well for the skill that the artist has spent years cultivating.

Typography is an art solely on how you spread, change, resize, adjust the spaces between the letters, or the weight of the letters in a fun, dynamic, and interesting way to have the meaning of the words to come across with simply a typeface or font. This skill is critical for logos, once the logo is established, then the trademark can be created and you are then well on your way to a full brand. This is used heavily in advertising when attempting to convey a meaning. You will see this used well with motivational quotes on social media pages such as Pinterest or Instagram.

Type designers create the fonts in a way that when used together, in most cases, are seamlessly legible or bold. The best example of this is every word currently on your screen at this very moment. Every letter on this screen was meticulously constructed for the use of reading large amounts of these letters in a page and not be distracting or hard to read. It is not uncommon for the wrong font to be used on a paper and that paper can give the reader a headache or even feel ill. On a similar note, when using a bold font that is distractingly ornate people lose interest in the paper simply because the psychology of the font clashed with their interest of the subject matter.

No matter what font you read through, it was designed painfully and thoughtfully by a type designer to convey an emotion or to not distract from the meaning of the words used. The best type designers can help convey meaning with the look and style. Type designers make the fonts, graphic designers utilize topography and know how to use the font.

If you go this route as a designer and learn the programs needed to create the fonts the fonts can be placed on anyone, or all of the thousands of sites that sell fonts and this asset it only for the right to use it, you can sell the same font over and over again creating an amazingly fun passive income to fuel your future endeavors. Now that is fantastic for that kid sitting on their bed with some big markers and big dreams.

 

With Graphic Design in Melbourne FL and by following this information, you can also be on the right track to attracting your customers and becoming memorable. At The AD Leaf ®, we can create any design that any company would be proud of. For more information about our graphic design in Melbourne FL solutions, contact us today at info@theadleaf.com or give us a call at 321-255-0900.

Graphic Design Melbourne FL

Top 3 Problems that Graphic Design and Good Branding can help Solve for your Business.

“There are three responses to a piece of design – yes, no, and WOW!
Wow is the one to aim for.”
Milton Glaser

Time
The old wives’ tale that time is money has never been so true when you are talking about running or owning a small business. You find yourself constantly looking for ways that you can save time.
Graphic Design Melbourne FL and Good Branding can help save you this time. If you have prospective clients reaching out and asking what your services are, you should automatically know that you might have a problem with your presentation and graphic design Melbourne FL. For example, when you first look at the Portland Trailblazers logo you might be a bit taken back. Their name implies “trailblazer” (a type of horse) but their logo doesn’t look anything like a horse. Although the actually meaning behind the logo is significant, it implies five players on one side, playing or interacting with five players on the other side, it unfortunately doesn’t read easily, and can be quite confusing. Having a logo with meaning behind it is always great, but does it also let consumers know who you are and what you do. When you combine both of these aspects you are on the right path to saving time and getting right down to the fun part, business.

Standing Out From your Competitors
Starting or running your own small business can be very exciting and terribly scary at the same time. Whether you are selling goods or providing services, the most important thing you will need no matter what you do is customers/clients. Do you own a plumbing company, but are also in competition with fifteen other plumbing companies in your local area? What about your business is going to make the prospective client call you, instead of someone else? Standing out from your competitors when you are in a saturated market can be very difficult. If we dive deeper into plumbing companies, most consumers never think twice about plumbing until they actually need a plumber then they tend to call the plumber in their area that they recognize. Recognition is the first step in standing out. Does your overall “look” go across all of your marketing platforms. Are you consistent?

Becoming and/or Being Memorable
You are now at the point in your business “life” where you have clients, but you are now looking for those clients or customers to come back. Is your business memorable? Is your logo memorable? Some might say that your great customer service will continue to bring customers back, but can you solely rely on this? When you think of a great coffee shop, most consumers tend to think of Starbucks. They not only have great customers service and amazing coffee, but they are recognizable across the United Stated and the world, they are consistent and memorable. Now that you have the “recognition” part of your business down, you can start working on the consistency. Road trips are one of my favorite past times, I love to travel. While traveling, I am normally looking to stay awake, I correlate staying awake with coffee. While traveling the only symbol that I look for on the interstate is the Starbucks logo. I don’t even need the “Starbucks” typography written below it. I know the logo because they are consistent, when I see it, I recognize it right away. I know who they are, what they sell, and that they have great coffee, and who doesn’t like great coffee.

With Graphic Design Melbourne FL and Good Branding, you can also be on the right track to attracting your customers and becoming memorable. With these three problems solved for your business you can now focus on the task at hand, running your business. At The AD Leaf ®, we can create any design that any company would be proud of. For more information about our graphic design Melbourne FL solutions, contact us today at info@theadleaf.com or give us a call at 321-255-0900.

Bad Logo Design

The Pitfalls of A Bad Logo Design

A good trademark is either cancer or a cure. A bad logo design can simply destroy or flourish your business. Everyone has a face and that face whether it’s fair or not, is the first step to gaining trust. So we shave, cleanse, and smile to put our best foot forward so that we can build loving trusting relationships. The same should be brought into your business utilizing graphic design. However, what exactly is a logo and or trademark? Who will be best to bring a face to your company? In the end is the process monetarily it worth it. No matter how big or successful your company is, I assure you, nothing is more expensive than a bad logo.

What comes to mind when I say, Nike? The Swoosh. What comes to mind when I say McDonald’s? The golden arches. Even though I stated the singular name of the company you unconsciously accepted both a trademark and a logo. As in the case of NIKE’s branding, the Swoosh is the trademark and the lettering/typeface is the actual logo. The logo comes from the ancient Greek ‘Logos’ meaning word. As you can see in our modern society the two have become almost interchangeable.

Many people, to their detriment, regard the logo as secondary in nature to the running of the business itself. They have an image in their mind of something they feel would properly represent themselves as an entity. A graphic designer takes the good intentions of the client and makes that message palatable and inviting across all platforms. Building trustworthy relationships between, not just Client and Designer, but Client and their consumers. You will always be able to find an illustrator to create what you have in your head. However until you trust a real designer to get into your head to find the true motivation, direction, and audience behind the company, you might never see your businesses true value and highest potential.

A poorly rebranded logo or even a bad logo design can simply destroy a company, just as a poor logo from the beginning will assure a swift end to many, if not, most businesses. As a business owner hiring the right designer or the right agency to market you might seem expensive and overwhelming. What I tell my clients is since their head is in the money space, let’s talk money. Right now, if you have a poor logo that doesn’t properly convey the value of your business, everything your logo touches is a waste of money, and worse being used against you. Your bad logo design/trademark goes on every product, bag, email campaign, and social media post will execute the opposite of your goals. It would be akin to funding your competitors. Most people in this case with little to no understanding of the issue, believe they just need to be put more in the spotlight so they throw even money at the problem not realizing they are plastering the problem to everyone on everything speeding up the demise of their company. Before you know it, your advertising budget is gone, your clients are scarce, and your dream is over.

No matter how big or successful your company is, I assure you, nothing is more expensive than a bad logo design. A logo or a trademark that is simple, elegant, and clearly projects the full spectrum of the value you provide is an investment that will allow you to focus and scale beyond your goals and not hinder you to the pages lost in chapter 11. You need to run your business with the help of a seasoned graphic designer. In conclusion, if you are an entrepreneur, you need someone in the design business who understand the business of design.

At The AD Leaf ® can help turn a bad logo design into a design any company would be proud of. For more information about our graphic design solutions, contact us today at info@theadleaf.com or give us a call at 321-255-0900.