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Brand logo design in 5 steps

1. Lets get started with… R&D

I have recently been involved in a branding exercise for a company that has over over 20 years experience in consultancy, project management and business analysis. This isn’t a new sphere of business, there is plenty of competition out there so a stand out logo marque that was…

  • Flexible
  • Unique
  • Impactful

… was essential. So I presented a limited selection of ideas as I feel, after a certain amount of years, I’m qualified not to waste the client’s time presenting numerous options. This is a concept shared by the likes of David Airey on his site logodesignlove.com

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8 reasons why you should use sidebar as navigation

Why is this new style of popular navigation winning hands down againstold-fashioned navigation methods? Well, here's my take on why, in eight easy sound bites.

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Users are familiar with desktop left navigation patterns

This is difficult to implement with such small real estate. Sidebar solves and provides for with this problem.

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Our vision for Shopping on Mobile Web

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Overview

El Corte Inglés S.A. (English: The English Cut as in tailor’s cut), headquartered in Madrid, is the biggest department store group in Europe and ranks 4 worldwide. El Corte Inglés is Spain’s only remaining department store chain, as well as owner of several associated businesses, such as supermarket chains Hipercor, Supercor & Opencor, fashion chain Sfera as well as a travel agency (Viajes El Corte Ingles) and telephone provider (Telecor).

Brief

Incorporating a nav search, a store finder with the traditional basket top right design a media rich experience for shopping on  your phone. By captivating a customer and therefore increasing spend, design a system of sub navigation that is convincing and compelling. Drilling deeper into the experience,  screens can display products with the the added mobile features of sort and zoom.  Product Info and descriptions, including ‘Add to Basket’ and ‘Wish List’ functionality plus the ability to share your purchase are all important consideration.

 

Branding an iPad Casino App

1.0 Aims and Objectives

To produce the best-in-class iPad and iPhone App for playing slots and table games.

Recently I was involved in conceptualise and leading the UI for a iOS casino App for both iPhone and iPad.  I’m not going to detail all design decisions here but walk you through my perspective on why branding for this product is so important and why the decisions made differentiate it enough to stand-out in what is already a fiercely competitive and crowded marketplace.

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How brand identity works

Integrated brand identify both help reputation and consumer awareness. I was tasked with conceptualising a strong brand identity for a new Russian hedge fund. This involves developing routes that generated the tone, style and flavor of the brand across a 2D and 3D environment. This includes, but is not limited to;

  • color
  • type
  • photography/imagery
  • logos
  • design grid
  • Signage

Here is how I did it;

Concept 1 – New Dawn – A new today

Aspirational. That’s all it is. Clients are looking to dream, and at a product discovery level this is your job, as a creative to deliver that dream.  So, here I delivered a fresh concept concentrating on the business concept of a new start, symbolising both the birth of a new identity and the potential fresh satrt of new ‘start-up’ customers.

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Logo type and logo mark

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Outdoor campaign

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Merchandising collateral

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Stationery suite

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Concept 2 – Money is here

Employing a mechanism that symbolised the collective is a popular brand identity technique. Both companies and individuals want to be re-assured that they either have there team of their financial institution backing them. The clever designer should also include a graphic device that also contrasts this, as unique-mess and individualism is also important to both large businesses and SMEs.

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Logo type and logo mark

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Directional wayfinding

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Merchandising collateral

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Outdoor campaign

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Concept 3 – I wish

Dreamlike concepts that play on hopes of what could be are always useful graphic motives when building a potential brand ID.

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Stationery suite

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Outdoor campaign

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Exterior signage

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Promotional material

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The ABC approach

When designing essentially without a brief, what I call the ‘pure design’ phase, an intelligent designer should deliver three contrasting concepts. Clearly, it’s the designer job to deliver the client’s requirements, but it’s also their job to push the boundaries. So my tip of the day is, when presenting deliver and push then crescendo on your personal favourite and see which is the eventual favoured route – you’ll be surprised!

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What’s your favourite wire-framing style?

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Pick your battles, know your styles

Whether for desktops, on a tablet or the this mythical idea of a mobile internet (there is only one web to experience – but that a different post!) the modern UX-er should be skilled in the art of wire-framing. The style you use should come from the answers to these three things:

  • Process – From low-fidelity through to fully functioning prototypes is the sure-fire route to excellence. In reality, how often does this really happen. If you have enforce a process, I would insist on the sketching and on the final design stages.
  • Resources – I have sat in top-level boardroom meetings in the most stylish settings in the capital, tea and coffee from all over the world. Clearly, resources were not a factor here – so you would be expected to know Azure inside out and be expected to roll-out full functioning Fireworks prototypes. You may even get some business heads thinking your protoypes were so good , it’s a done job!
  • Quick turnaround – Picture the scenario, your stakeholder is looking for a quick – fix. You have fought your corner but there are no requirements, no analysis, no nothing. Always try to push for more than a few scribbles on the back of napkin but sometimes it is more productive just to get on with it.

Depending on the answers to these issues will depend on the wireframing style you deploy

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icanhaveit.com – Site redesign

Taking an existing but tired site, refresh and rebrand it up to modern day standards.

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Logo refresh

With a focus on readability and execution, the logo has be refined and simplified. This is only an online print so RGB was the primary driver.

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Adult Dating Brand – Can you choose the right look n’ feel?

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Low Key Dating

Brief: Tale an existing site, still young and yet to launch fully, and refresh the look n’ feel with new brand mark and ‘sexy and sassy’ imagery.

Branding

What should this brand look like, and how should it segment  This brand has focussed down on three zones:

  • Singles
  • Adults
  • Matures

This part of the process looks at how best to promote these three distinct sections.

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