I know that this is a crazy time for all of us with everything that’s going on in the world (#COVID19), but I decided that I still wanted to post to give you something a little more fun and positive to think about.
So, this week I’m talking about 5 common brand styles and how you can figure out what your business’ brand’s style is. I have a fun quiz and some freebies to go along with this topic, so be sure to stick around until the end so that you can get all of that info!
I want to talk a little bit about branding in general before I get into specific brand styles. Your business’ brand is the combination of visuals and experiences that a person associates with you. While branding does include things like your logo, color scheme, and Instagram aesthetic, I want to make it clear that branding is so much more.
A quote by marketing expert Seth Godin explains branding well. He says:
“A brand is the set of expectations, memories, stories, and relationships that taken together, account for a consumer’s decision to choose one product or service over another.”– Seth Godin
Visuals play a big part in helping brands tell their story, and that’s why we often think of these first when someone mentions branding.
Let’s talk about 5 common brand styles, and how you defining your brand can help you better tell your story. While there are definitely more than 5 brand styles out there, the ones I’m mentioning in this video are styles I see often. I think they are a good place to start when defining a brand.
The first style I want to talk about is warm + feminine. My brand style for Maya Palmer Designs falls under this category. Here’s some characteristics of this brand style:
A good real-world example of the warm + feminine brand style is Cato. Cato sells women’s clothing. If you take a look at their Instagram feed, you’ll see that they balance bold colors with neutrals and pastels. Overall, the photos have a soft, feminine quality to them.
While feminine brands often incorporate bright colors, those with a Bright + Bubbly style emphasize boldness and color as a way to stand out. Here’s some characteristics of this brand style:
Maghon Taylor of All She Wrote Notes is a great example of the Bright + Bubbly brand style. She is known for her love of hot pink and colorful confetti. I love seeing her cheerful posts on Instagram and they always stand out in my feed.
You’ll notice that Maghon also has a bit of feminine style incorporated into her brand since women are her main audience. Overall, though, it is her colorful style that sets her apart. It’s okay if you don’t fall exactly into one category or another, just try to focus on the most prominent aspects of your brand when you are starting to develop a style.
Cool and calming brands are also refreshing, but in a more soothing way than colorful, exciting brands. Here some characteristics of this brand style:
Essential Oils company Young Living makes use of the cool + calming style. If you pull up their Instagram, you’ll notice that they incorporate a lot of greens and neutrals into their aesthetic, often through the use of florals. This helps them create the wellness vibes that will appeal to their target audience.
Now, we’re getting into brand styles with a more reserved use of color. Here are some characteristics of a classic + sophisticated brand style:
Rolex – a luxury watch company that has been around for more than a century, has a classic style that appeals to their fans.
Last but not least, we have the modern + minimal brand style. When I think of this style, I automatically think of Apple. From their use of black, white, and gray, to the minimal design of their products, they like to keep things simple and sleek Here are some characteristics of a modern + minimal brand style:
Tesla’s Instagram feed shows a modern + minimal aesthetic. They show off the sleek angles of their car models in pictures, and thumbnails for videos are black and white, with short text. I do what to mention that when it comes to this style, you don’t have to be in the tech industry. There are minimalists out there with a more boho, style.
If you would like to work with a professional designer to create a logo, brand identity suite, and website for your small business, check out my Brand + Showit Web Design services.
If you have any questions, feel free to leave them in the comments.
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