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…
… 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
Here is my personal Top 5 tips on creating online brand guidelines that really help both your UX team and deliver a consistent message. So here goes…
Building guidelines is always a challenging task, building guidelines for a responsive website with rapidly changing dynamic content, easy-to-use multi-width navigation on a truly scalable and highly transactional website is a step up. From a CMO perspective you need it to be brand aware; a CEO would want guidelines to be useful tools for your brand ambassadors and the sales director would need you to highlight features while your product team wants details, detail, details… and what about multiple brands, don’t get me started?
Over the last few months I was tasked with producing the ‘best-in-class’ mobile sports book and casino. As Lead UX, it was my responsibility to satisfy specific user journey’s, demanding stakeholders and limits set by the Tech Leads. I wil also be showcasing certain features, and from an Agile perspective how they fitted both into the roadmap and overall experience.
But first I’m going to give you a preview of what’s to come. This is one of the more complex mobile programs I’ve been involved in throughout my career so I’m going to attempt to split it up into manageable chunks.
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).
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.
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.
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;
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.
Logo type and logo mark
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.
Logo type and logo mark
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.
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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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