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Whether you are creating a wedding stationery, a billboard ad, or a portfolio website, the one step that designers should almost always need to perfect is their choice of final design. After all, this is what clients pay you for and what will make your business more valuable in the eyes of your customers.
But before you can come up with the best final design for any kind of project, a certain level of introspection is required. As a lead designer of a project, you need to develop the necessary skills that will allow you to effectively choose a final design that matches the client’s brief.
And to help you with that, we have compiled the top 7 questions that any graphic artist should ask themselves before deciding on a final design. Read each question carefully and make sure to answer them as honestly as you can.
What is the design theme?
One of the first things to consider when creating any kind of project is its theme or motif. At the beginning stage of the design creation process, following a theme will help direct creators on the right path for that specific design.
But this is not where the importance of a project’s design theme ends. As the lead designer, you still need to make sure that your final design sticks to the original theme you have decided with at the beginning.
To illustrate, if you are creating a billboard design for a mid-range activewear clothing brand, the final billboard design should adhere to the active lifestyle and market demographic that the brand caters. Of course, your clients will still have to approve a specific design or not. What is important is that you (as the lead designer) would have already narrowed down the design choices so that your clients will no longer feel overwhelmed on what final design to choose and use for their respective projects.
Is it too trendy?
Before choosing a final design, the next question to ask yourself is whether or not a design is too trendy. There can be a few instances where trendy designs can work out well for brands. But if having a project design that can be used for multiple instances throughout the years is your goal, you may have to evaluate if a certain design is trendy or not.
As with any kind of design project, designers are given a project brief or a description of what the client wants to have or achieve for a specific project. And most often, clients will prefer a design that will withstand the test of time and something that can be incorporated well into other marketing and informational corporate publications. As the lead designer, you need to determine and choose a final design that will match the client’s desires and, at the same time, not be too stylish that everyone else in the industry is doing it.
Can the design be easily understood?
Most graphic design projects are meant to entice and make another person think by just looking at it. This is the reason why most clients demand the creation of simple yet impactful design suggestions.
It is then your job as the graphic designer to translate the client’s objective into something that can be easily understood by the public. In short, you are the storyteller. And you need to choose a final design that will best tell the brand’s story to your audience.
For instance, if you are tasked with the creation of a company logo of a family-owned restaurant, you need to choose a final design that will imbibe the spirit of a family cooperation, easy meals, and fun times all in one tiny logo. Achieving the perfect logo design that perfectly fits the bill can be difficult. However, if you begin with the company’s story—its beginnings and how it continues to provide hearty meals for families—you will have a story to tell and you can begin developing design mockups that match that narrative.
To determine if your design can easily be understood or not before submitting it your client for review, you may take inspiration from real-world examples of projects found on graphic design inspiration blogs Behance, Dribbble, Template.net, Canva, and colourlovers.com.
Are all included graphic design elements licensed and legally obtained?
In most cases, graphic design projects will involve the use of different kinds of graphic design elements. From flat icons to logo designs to certain typeface families, designers will need to, one way or another, source these key design elements from different people or sites.
This is why, if you are now on the penultimate stage of the design process, you would most likely need to make sure that all the graphic design elements incorporated in any of your final designs are all sourced legally.
For instance, this means that you need to ask yourself and verify if a certain font style was bought and downloaded legally. As the lead designer, you also need to recheck if these design components can be used for commercial purposes. One main reason for asking yourself these questions is to make sure that you (and your client) will not be sued for intellectual copyright infringement in the future.
Ask yourself this question before you choose a final design and you will save yourself (and your client) any potential legal headache in the future. And even if you do not get sued in the future, the negative publicity associated with using someone else’s design or a derivative thereof without their written permission may break your own and your client’s credibility.
How does the design measure up against its competitors?
One of the main purposes of creating impactful design is for marketing. Brands and businesses frequently need to come up with a creative and enticing way to present their services and their products to any potential client in order to continue their market leads or to break into a specific market.
And using creative designs on various advertising and marketing materials is one way to get the attention of their targeted audience base. This is the reason why, as the design head, you need to ask yourself if a certain design can measure hold up well against its competitors in the same industry or not. Your answer to this question will greatly help you determine how a client will react to being presented with a specific design mock-up or suggestion.
By keeping this question at the forefront of your mind before you choose a final design, you will already have gauged how your design can be compared with and measure up against the designs of other services or products in the market. Clients will certainly appreciate it when you have already taken out the competition comparison task out of their hands and they will only be left with a design that can do wonders for their own businesses.
Is the design too expensive or difficult to reproduce?
As we have mentioned earlier, creative designs can be used in and incorporated into different end products and for various purposes. For example, a company letterhead design may be used in official company letters or memos while the design itself can be used as the official seal or logo design.
However, in some cases, some graphic design projects may call for complicated configurations or the use of non-traditional art mediums. To illustrate, if you are tasked with the creation of a luxury fashion house’ corporate branding designs and you opted to incorporate 3D elements as the design base, the entire project can be costly to reproduce and make it work for different design mediums due to its complexity. Of course, high-end fashion houses can certainly pay for this kind of project. But this may not be the case for other businesses.
This is one reason why graphic designers and artists need to ask themselves if any of their design suggestions is cost-effective or easy to reproduce or not. It is the job of the designer to create designs that will fit the client’s budget. You need to choose a final design that can be used on different presentation mediums without affecting the design end quality.
Does the design bring you joy?
This last question may not sound too pragmatic but it is a good way to assess whether or not a specific design is worthy of being the final design for any kind of creative project. Before you decide on what final design to use and/or present to your client for approval, you first need to ask yourself and your team (if applicable) if a certain design suggestion brings you joy or not.
It’s a simple yet important question. As the creator, you first need to be satisfied and be happy with a certain design yourself before you can wholeheartedly suggest its use to a client. It also matters that you are comfortable with how a final design will be used by your client. You need to ask yourself if a design brings you joy because it is only after honestly answering this question can you facilitate the use of your design to bring joy to other people’s lives.
Are You Now Ready to Choose Your Final Design?
Graphic design plays an important role in business and in daily life. As a graphic designer, just like any person who has a passion for creative arts, you need to carefully balance creating for yourself and for an audience. With the use of the seven questions that we have listed above, we hope that you can more accurately choose the best final designs for whatever project you may be working on.
A trademark represents the distinctive sign through which a business presents itself on any given market and this is why is very important to convey the message of the brand to its customers. It can be said that the trademark is the most relevant asset of a business, as it will distinguish the company’s products or services from the ones of the competition.
A sign becomes a trademark once the company that owns it registers it on the market in which it will operate; more exactly, when it is available for commercial use. In order to create a distinctive trademark, there are several tips that could help increasing the visibility of the brand.
One of the main aspects to consider when registering a trademark in any given jurisdiction, such as Japan, Italy or Ireland, is to create a logo that respects the requirements of the local legislation (for example, certain words can’t be registered – such as offensive words). At the same time, it is necessary to avoid descriptive words – represented by words that offer a description of the product or service, due to the fact that these words do not refer specifically to the company’s products/services, as they may also be used by competitors.
In Ireland, the legislation states that the local authorities can’t register trademarks that are identical or even similar with other trademarks that have already been registered in this country. At the same time, it is necessary to decide on the colors of the trademark, as the sign chosen will be registered only for the respective colors and the company will not be entitled to promote its products or services by using other colors than the ones already chosen.
In other countries, such as Estonia, certain types of trademarks can’t be protected under the local legislation if they lack a distinctive character; for example, if the logo is created only from letters that do not have a stylized form, it can’t be registered with the local authorities.
As a general rule, words that do not truly exist (invented words, a logo created from the association of two different words) in the vocabulary of a country tend to have the highest visibility rate, as they are new for the consumer market and they offer a competitive advantage through their novelty.
Another way to increase the power of a trademark is by creating a catchy slogan to be associated with the company’s products. The combination of words and numbers can also represent a good idea for establishing a trademark and it advisable not to use three letter acronym logos, especially when the investors do not dispose of a large capital to be infused in marketing and advertising purposes.
In the situation in which the trademark is composed of several words, it is highly recommended to make the first word as memorable as possible – for example, by using foreign words, words describing animals, plants or fruits.
Whether you are an employee, a boss, a student, an entrepreneur, or a housewife, your creativity can help you bring valuable contributions to your household, community, and the world around you. If you are seeking a new way to unlock your creative potential, then dive into these suggestions.
Believe in Your Creative Potential
One of the worst things that you can do to limit your creativity is to doubt your own ability to be creative. Many people think that inventing brilliant ideas is something that happens for geniuses or exceptional individuals, but this is not true. Forbes Magazine reinforces the idea that all people are inherently creative, and anyone can improve the skill to enhance their life. A mindset that places others in the creative seat only makes this natural process seem difficult, and it can hinder you from speaking up or participating in positions that require an innovative perspective.
Walk Away From the Crowd
If you are constantly following the crowd, it is much harder to be a visionary. Creative individuals are not scared to go against the grain in order to be original. You may be surprised that some of your finest ideas float to the surface when you are alone. Many people may come up with similar ideas, but those who are not afraid to act in unorthodox ways can bring a superior idea to life and get credit for it. Those who are open to standing out in order to do something different are rewarded with creative breakthroughs every day.
Avoid the Distractions
Multiple studies suggest that all kinds of distractions may disrupt or even block the creative process. Performing the core of your creative work in an area without distractions can allow you to retain some of the greatest ideas that may otherwise fade away in a busy environment. Don't be afraid to turn off the television or your smartphone so that you can focus better.
Use Powerful Brainstorming Tactics
Using a variety of brainstorming techniques can help you ponder fresh ideas or design new products. The Medium suggests that you can write with your non-dominant hand, read blogs and books, jot down ideas at odd hours of the night, and construct a list of ideas that are not based on any restrictions to exercise your creative muscles. You can apply creativity to solve problems by brainstorming new methods to increase your productivity at home and in the workplace.
Consider keeping a tiny notebook to record your ideas at any time, so that you do not have to rely on your memory. Don't hesitate to write down novel ideas that are so far out that you are not sure if they can work. Over time, you or someone else may find a way to shape a wild idea so that it becomes a viable option.
Try a New Hobby or Skill
Without a doubt, some skills that you improve can help you unlock creativity in other areas of your life. Whether you try drawing, painting, writing, poetry, or photography, engaging in artistic activities can increase your capacity to be creative. Don't forget to explore fields that are linked to other subjects that you are passionate about, as developing new skills can only add to the depth of your creative abilities. Healthline suggests that exercising your creativity in your golden years reduces cognitive decline and even protects you from some diseases related to aging.
Recognize the Process Without Crushing it
Although a fabulous idea can come on a whim, some of your most valuable ones can only materialize after a deep period of reflection and refining. Taking an idea and presenting it to others without clarifying and developing it can limit its impact, and it can leave the door open for someone else with more patience to perfect your idea or product.
Realize that creativity is a process that must not be forcefully accelerated. Those who attempt to speed through the creative process may leave may juicy ideas and alterations on the table that could make a huge difference in how effective an idea is. If you take the time to be creative without forcing yourself to make progress, you can unleash some of the greatest ideas ever to influence the world around you.
The heart of creativity is synthesizing old and new ideas to do something different from what others are doing. Keep in mind that there is no single way to unlock or boost your creativity, as there are many factors that determine how out-of-the-box you are. In the modern world, being your creative self is more celebrated than ever before. The more that you practice, the more profound your creativity becomes. If you are holding back, allow the force of your creativity to flow and transform the way you live and work.
Your website matters. About 70 percent of people learn about a company by visiting their blog, rather than reading their online ads. The single most powerful thing you can do to reach potential customers is to provide consistent, helpful information on your site.
Making your website the absolute best it can be takes ongoing effort. However, there are times when you want to improve your site now. Perhaps your traffic dropped recently, or a competitor is stealing away your customers. Whatever your reasons for upgrading your website, if you want to get a jumpstart on the process, these 12 UX tips will help.
Users prefer newer material, and you want those new blog posts to get the traction they deserve. One thing you can do to improve user experience is to use relative timestamps on new posts, then switch to absolute timestamps after a week or so.
So, a relative timestamp would state you published a post two days ago, while an absolute would show you published the post on a specific date. That allows the user to see when the post went up without having to do a bunch of math to figure out exactly how old it is.
While aesthetics are certainly important, don't focus so much on the look of your design that you fail to make it usable. There are some tried-and-true things you'll want to focus on, such as making sure all buttons work, links go where they should and forms function. The last thing you want is to frustrate your site visitors with a site that doesn't work correctly.
eWedding does an excellent job of making sure everything is simple and functions the way it should. If a user lands on the page, the choices of where to go next are limited, and each of those buttons works perfectly, taking the user right where the button says they'll go.
While it's important to poll your customers and figure out what they want, sometimes they will say they want a feature and not use it. Take time to study heatmaps for your site and figure out what features users are and aren't using. There is little point in adding a specific guide that takes you endless hours to maintain if only one of out every 10,000 visitors looks at it. You're better off investing your time and resources elsewhere.
Heatmaps also show you which features people use most often and allow you to create similar resources for your users that will give them what they want. Heatmaps show you where to focus your energy.
If you sell a product that appeals to a diverse audience, you should add filters so the site becomes somewhat personalized for your visitors. Rather than having to browse through every product you offer, visitors can narrow down their search by those filters. You'll see this feature often on clothing sites, where you can sort items by type of clothing, color and even by features such as long or short sleeves.
Sincerely Nuts is a good example of an e-commerce site catering to a diverse crowd. Filter the products on the site by gluten-free, sugar-free, vegan or kosher. You can also browse by type of food, such as nuts, seeds, dried fruit or candy. Apply just one filter or multiple filters to go directly to the product type you're seeking.
Around 61 percent of shoppers state they've abandoned a cart because of extra costs, such as shipping fees. There are many reasons shoppers might abandon a cart. Perhaps the checkout process takes too long. Maybe there were unexpected fees, such as the shipping costs mentioned above. The shopper may have had a coupon code that didn't work, and they became frustrated. Take time to study interior analytics and try to figure out where in the process you're losing customers.
To improve your checkout process, you first have to figure out why people abandon the cart. You may have to try a variety of tactics to reduce your cart abandonment rate. Offer free shipping over a certain order amount and give the user reminders of that discount throughout the shopping process. Send a follow-up email when someone abandons a cart. Offer a discount of 10 percent or so. Try different tactics to improve the process.
Attract holiday shoppers by adding seasonal detail to your website. It doesn't have to take a lot of time to add something quick and simple like some fresh seasonal images or a logo that features the season. Google is an excellent example of tying your site into a holiday. Google occasionally changes up their logo to commemorate a special occasion or to celebrate little-known holidays or people throughout history.
Chipotle doesn't do anything time-intensive when changing up their website to show off featured seasonal menu items. Instead, the images change only slightly from season to season. However, they do reflect current offerings, and the images are vivid and mouthwateringly delicious-looking. One key, if you swap out images, is to use ones that are highly professional and relevant to your page.
Every site has posts that don't perform well. Perhaps the topic is outdated, or maybe you have since hired a professional writer to help with your content. Whatever the reason, look at the bottom five or 10 posts on your site as far as traffic or bounce rate and consider ways to improve them. You'll have to decide if it's better to edit them, or delete them entirely.
If you want to increase conversion rates, make information on your products and services as simple to find as possible. Provide multiple links to that info. Add descriptive details on the product page. Provide a video that outlines what the product does and its many features. Anything you can do to put information in consumers' hands more easily improves the overall user experience. About one in every three consumers walks away from an online purchase because they can't find the information they're looking for.
Think about the last time you visited a website on your smartphone and had to enlarge the screen just to click on a link. If you're like most users, you walked away feeling frustrated. One of the most powerful things you can do for your website is to make sure it is fully responsive to different screen sizes. That means the text is large enough for the user to tap with a finger and go where they want to go.
If you run a WordPress-based site, you can install an app that will handle some of this work for you. If your design is HTML5, you may need to do some tweaks and offer different versions of your site for mobile and desktop. Obviously, that will take a bit longer than an hour, but in an hour, you can figure out which elements need improving and make a plan to move forward.
Seventy-three percent of consumers say they leave a site if the images take too long to load. First, make sure to optimize your images. A variety of free software choices allow you to condense the size of your image files and optimize them for web use. If your images still load too slowly, reduce the number of images on the page or seek out a CDN system to deliver the images more efficiently.
Don't rely on your favorite cousin to test your site and tell you all is well. Go the extra mile and use remote UX testing to ensure everything works seamlessly for all your visitors. You'll have to invest in remote usability vendor services to track how real people in their home environments interact with your website. The investment will pay off in higher conversions and better site usability, so it is well worth the cost.
An hour is a good window to improve your site's navigation. Over time, navigation needs change as your site grows. Study the options your visitors see as they land on your page. Are the most popular areas of your site the easiest to navigate to? Can you improve anything? What about mobile versus desktop navigation? Don't be afraid to use a hamburger menu if needed. Tweaking your navigation should be an ongoing process.
Improving your website should be an ongoing task. Spending an hour here and there makes a big impact over time. Start with the 12 tips above and then expand into other UX areas. Before you know it, your site will more than outshine the competition.
Lexie is a graphic designer and typography enthusiast. She spends most of her time A/B testing websites and creating style guides. Check out her blog, Design Roast, and follow her on Twitter @lexieludesigner.
Choosing a color scheme is one of the most important decisions in the logo design process. Not only do the right colors play an important role in a logo’s aesthetic appeal, they also communicate meaning. Below, we’ll take a look at what the various colors in a logo stand for in order to help you choose a color scheme that will communicate the right message about your brand. Here are the different colors in logo designs and what they mean.
Red is a vibrant and energetic color that is associated with passion, excitement, and anger. It’s a powerful color that can elicit strong emotions in the people who view it. If you want an exuberant and edgy logo that creates a strong emotional response then red is a good color to include.
Like red, orange is an energetic and vibrant color. However, it isn’t quite as mature and serious and is a little more playful and casual than red. Children often prefer the color orange, making it a good choice for children’s products. Orange is also an appetizing color, making it a popular choice for food and beverage companies as well.
As the color most associated with the natural world, green is a calming color that conveys the idea that your brand is natural and eco-friendly. Since green is the color of cash, it’s also associated with wealth and is thus often used in logos for financial institutions.
Blue is the most common color in logo design, and over half of all logos incorporate some shade of blue into their color scheme. Blue is the color of intelligence, trustworthiness, and maturity. It’s often associated with technology and is therefore an especially popular choice for tech company logos. However, blue can be successfully used in just about any logo design.
White is the color of cleanliness and purity, which makes it a popular choice for pharmaceutical companies, cleaning supply companies, and many more. In most cases, though, white is better used as an accent color rather than the primary color in your logo since too much white will be seen as sterile and bland. This is especially true since most logos displayed online will be displayed against a white background.
Brown is an earthy and masculine color. Like green, brown is associated with nature as well, though it is most often more associated with the rough and rugged side of nature than the calming and peaceful side. If you are selling equipment, sporting goods, or other products geared towards outdoorsy customers then brown is a good color to include in your logo.
Black is a modern, powerful, and luxurious color. It’s also a very formal color, though, so if you are going for a fun, casual brand image then black is best avoided. If prestige, luxury, and class are the connotations that you’re aiming for, though, then black is an excellent color to incorporate into your logo design.
The color of femininity, pink is a fun, playful, and lighthearted color that is a good choice if your brand is targeted almost entirely toward female customers. However, the color pink will repel many male customers, so it’s not a great choice if you are attempting to sell your products or services to both sexes.
Yellow is one the brightest and most cheerful of all the colors. It is often associated with childhood and therefore is often used to promote children’s products and brands. If you use yellow in your logo, be sure to stick with the brighter shades as dull or brownish yellow is associated with sickness.
Grey is a neutral middle ground between white and black. It’s a serious and mature color that is often associated with industry and manufacturing. Grey by itself can also be a very unexciting color, though, so unless neutral and unexciting is what you’re going for it’s better to include other colors in your logo as well.
Purple has long been seen as the color of royalty, dating back to the times when purple dye was the most expensive of all dyes. Today, purple is still associated with royalty and luxury. It’s a slightly feminine color, but certainly not so much that it excludes male customers in the same way that pink is prone to.
Things have changed, technology has advanced, and today, most individuals use geolocation to get data. For example, if you are traveling to a new destination, you may need geolocation to use navigators and maps. What about the weather-forecast services or when you want to book services such as Umber.
Geolocation is paramount as it saves time by helping users to detect the current location of an individual or item automatically without scrolling down lists to find it. You have probably used the technology to locate your lost phone or laptop at a time you just did not have an idea of what it was.
This is not the end of the list of ways in which geolocation has been used to make life easier. Think of a web design, where business owners can add the feature to their sites allowing them to detect the location of the site users. What’s better? You will be able to recognize the location of devices without GPS. The device will be detected using WiFi or its IP address. How great is that? This helps you to know your customers, and you will also be able to familiarize yourself with their purchase history.
The list is endless but to cut it shorts, here are some of the reasons why you need geolocation in your mobile app for an improved lifestyle.
Essential when ordering food online
You can easily use your Smartphone to order food online and get instant delivery. There are numerous food delivery apps, and with geolocation, you can track the delivery person and know how far they are from getting to you. This helps in determining the delivery charge, and to add on that; you can trace any restaurant near you.
Track goods bought from online sites
Online shopping can be fun, reliable and timesaving but requires a lot of patience. If you are not the patient kind of person who wants to know every move about the product, you can use geolocation to track the goods, know when they will be shipped and when you can receive them. The shipping charges will also apply based on geolocation.
Book a cab or taxi easily
If you are booking a taxi from a particular point to get to any destination, you will need geolocation. You have probably used it many times, but you had no idea. Geolocation helps in identifying your pickup and drop-in location. The fare you pay for the services is calculated based on the distance between these two points. This technological feature has made booking taxis online easier and simplified than before.
Al these benefits add up to one thing, simplified lifestyle. Geolocation apps have made life more convenient and valuable, and its importance will keep expanding even in the coming years. As a business owner, you should not agree to be left out on this. Ensure to add this feature to your web design and watch the conversion rate increase tremendously with time. It has allowed business owners to connect easily with their customers, which is equivalent to business growth. You can get the app from reputable providers such as https://www.localisermobile.net and get started.
The Ws And Hs Of Color In Logo Design
We can’t help but admire the beauty and excellence of a well-designed logo. It’s true. Step out into the market and search for a product. You’re probably going to end up choosing the one that has a nice logo, the one that describes what you feel, and understands what you want.
A logo design is a part of the brand building process, which either adds to the business success or downgrades it. It comprises several components, each of which highlight the prospects the business is able to reach via an identity. Though each logo design element may reserve its importance, what the color does for the logo design is what the logo design does for the business.
We humans are visual beings and depend on colors to guide the course of our life. When it comes to brands and businesses, colors impart a distinct visual identity to them, without losing their respective aura.
Want to learn why and how the colors work their way through a logo design? Consider this article your North Star because it’s going to elaborate on every questionable W and H regarding colors in logo design and shed light on the deep details that are easily missed out.
The article will first walk you through the whys and whats, after which we’ll be dealing with the hows of the logo design color scenario.
So, let’s begin.
Almost everyone knows that there is some psychology behind colors but not everyone knows that there is a latticework of numerous emotions and behaviors guided by the colors alone. Each color is limitless in its expression and can elicit responses varying from person to person. For instance, red is known for its passionate qualities, but the same red (when representing blood) can nauseate many.
Moreover, picking colors for your business’s logo isn’t as easy as a nursery rhyme. Our mind is a highly specialized machine that makes intricate color combinations with various factors, such as culture, context, and various instructions and shapes our perception with respect to our surroundings. Moreover, we tend to associate different feelings and emotions with colors over time.
Anyhow, color psychology today is neglected to a greater extent and is generalized to simplistic concepts. For instance, red is passionate, green is soothing, and blue is calming etc.
When we use colors in a logo, we need to be aware of how the human mind works with colors and the respective context. We must bear in mind what makes a logo a good logo and how color psychology comes into play when cementing a solid foundation for your business’s logo design. Let’s take a brief look at what messages color convey with their meanings.
As we discussed earlier, colors can deviate from the semantics they’re known for. Why do we associate an attribute or emotion with one color? Do colors mean what they mean or do we give them our own meanings?
Since the brain is a 24/7 running machine, it contains several nodes dedicated to each color. Yes. Every. Single. Color. No matter how many colors you’re exposed to, your brain has the ability to modify those nodes. It’s Iike a color sequence where you keep adding attributes to each color based on your growing exposure and experience with that color.
For instance, a red car on the road may remind you of the pain you experienced when you were hit by a red car in your childhood. It probably isn’t the same car, but the stimulus is the color red that triggers the memory of pain you once associated with it.
You could see it from a different perspective as well. When you’d see red around food, you’d probably remember your favorite fast food brand. Seeing a red logo triggers hunger, so there’s another experience.
Color psychology revolves around everything related to color. It isn’t just a ‘blue is calm, yellow is happy, and red is passion’ thing; it’s much more than that. Apart from the main themes, the colors are associated with, the experience, culture, context, and background play a crucial role in setting the overall tone for the color perception.
Your past experience complied with the cultural usage of color and the context determine the overall meaning of a color. Despite those facts, many brands might exceed beyond the generally accepted notion of color perception and set a different color standard suited to the business values and objectives.
You must’ve learned by now that the color perception keeps getting regulated time by time. So, why does that color perception affect us? How do the colors get ingrained into our minds and what impact do they have on our actions?
The color control runs in the subconscious of your mind, like a background app in your smartphone. When you come across a color, your mind produces two kinds of reactions: Arousal and evaluation.
The best case of arousal reaction can be explained easily with red when linked to romantic interests. A cascade of biological reactions inside the body takes place and as a consequence, we experience an adrenalin rush and an increased heart rate. The higher the arousal, the higher are the chances of getting hurt.
However, the other reaction is linked to the evaluation or likeness pattern of color choice. People are attracted to colors that are bright and warm in nature. For instance, if you’re hungry and are going to choose between two food brands – one using red and the other using multiple colors – your color node associated with hunger becomes activated and overrides your senses and lets you choose the one that has a stronger connection and perspective integrated within the internode connection in your brain.
Both these activation processes are at work in the subconscious of every individual exposed to colors. This part of psychology works well when brands are deciding colors of their logos.
They say that a color can stir some emotions in your memory. But there’s another thing to it. Colors are more than what they seem and in the case of brands, a specific goal can be achieved using appropriate colors. As we’ve mentioned before, your subconscious is in a constant process of running the color code and acting as an action incentive section; the colors in logos work in the same manner.
But it is important to render the key traits of your business as well as the perception of your customers. Colors, with all their relevance, are used to define your brand personality. However, they should address your brand characteristics. Before you jump at the color scheme, ask yourself these questions:
Once you’ve figured out how’s everything keeps getting linked, you will likely pinpoint the right color scheme for your logo design.
We’ve got past the color psychology and how the whole color psychology works. Now, let’s narrow our path to discovering how colors contribute in defining a logo and how your brand value gets a distinguished presence – just by color alone.
Depending on the type of your business, there are several ways via which you can choose the color scheme. Just know that it is not a random color choice, but a deeply ingrained one. Each color has its own hue, value, and saturation. You must see past the visual representation and think about the how your color scheme is going to connect your customers with your product.
The process starts by going through the color wheel which has variations of primary and secondary colors. For your convenience, divide the color wheel into two halves. One half contains warm colors, while the other contains cool colors. The arrangement of colors in the color wheel gives you the idea of appropriateness and a balanced color scheme.
Based on your business’s objective, you can make the following combinations.
As fun as it sounds, creating a color scheme for yoeur logo requires skills, knowledge, and time. A good color scheme controls the saturation and contrast in your logo design. You can create unique combinations by using neutrals and the classic B&W.
When deciding between colors, make sure you’re choosing the not-too-vibrant or not-too-subtle combination. When in doubt, check out what color schemes your successful competitors are using. Combine some inspiration, knowledge, and your imagination to devise the perfect scheme.
H # 2: How Many Colors Can You Choose?
Now that you’ve learned what each color means and the ways of combining them, how can you determine the number of colors you can choose for your logo design? Of course, the choices are unlimited, but since there is a semantic meaning behind each color, the number of colors have a meaning to them too.
The number of colors depends on your product. Is it something with a utility purpose or does it correspond to luxury? If it’s a causal product that displays lightheartedness and playfulness, you can choose more colors. On the other hand, if your product has a serious nature and is targeted at a particular audience, then the fewer colors, the better it is.
Another thing that determines the number of colors is the amount of content you use in your logo. If your logo is laden with several design elements and redundant text, the colors will lose their power. But if there is too little content and too much color, it’s still going to pose a problem for you. Your design will also become overwhelming if you’re putting in too much content as well as colors in your logo.
However, the key here is to choose the colors that represent the major attributes of your business and set its tone.
H # 3: How To Associate Your Brand Value With Your Logo Color?
As discussed above, the colors must align with your business objectives. They should bring out those elements and maintain a sense of congruency with the product. For instance, choosing deeper hues of black and purple when used in logos of a luxury brand will improve brand association with its products and motives.
In addition, marketers experiment with different approaches as to how colors can communicate several messages by activating the color nodes. They bring psychology to play with multiple factors, such as evolution, environment, gender, and social norms etc.
Pay attention to what your audience thinks about the colors in your logo and what evokes them to take the action. Noting the minute but deep details can help you associate your brand values with the colors in your logo.
If you’re a designer, then the above concepts might come easily to you. As for the brands in other domains, they either try their luck or hire experts to deliver a fully-furnished logo for their business. However, for brands that cannot afford expensive logo design, DesignMantic offers the ultimate solution; it offers a complete range of logo designs that help you pinpoint your brand’s goals.
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Now that everything’s said and done, the colors will never cease to rein our world. With all that you’ve learned about how the color system hardwired into our minds, the color psychology is best at play when exhibiting the brand messages.
Colors are one of the main communication sources that drive our senses. They make us feel whatever we’re oriented towards, which makes the underlying psychology a form of an interesting art. We learn to deliver messages without using verbal cues and that is also how the successful brands employ special color codes to drive their audience. At the end, it is hoped that this article has covered most of the Ws and Hs of the color in logo design and has contributed to your knowledge.
Meet Evan! He’s a Digital Marketing pro who’s been proactively engaged with the cyberspace since 2008, focusing on design services, user interface planning, and branding with a never-ending list. He now leads content marketing efforts at DesignMantic. Plus, Evan’s also a design aficionado since he loves DIY design projects.
The choice of evening dress worn at any time is influenced by the occasion. Things like color and material of a dress are also important for specific kinds of occasions. Because of these formalities, it can often be tough to choose the right dress. The process should not be difficult though when you have a clue about the simple basics of dressing up. When considering the color of your evening dress, you need to look at what you will accessorize it with too. Your body type will also work on certain colors but not on others. Here are a few tips to consider when choosing an evening dress by color.
There are a number of colors that are perfect for most occasions and most people. Dark colors are particularly quite simple and capable of looking great on anyone. The various shades of white also have the same characteristics. Both dark and white colors represent the two extremes and they are thus not complicated. It is not difficult to accessorize these colors as any other shade of color is good enough to remove the monotony. When you want to play it safe, you can go with these colors and the various shades associated with them.
Before going for any particular color, consider the colors on your body first. Depending on the color of your hair, eyes, and skin, some colors may be appropriate or not appropriate. Blonde hair would for instance work with certain colors and not others. German fashion is known to be much influenced by color. The evening dress, also known as Abendkleid in Germany, is usually worn with accessories such as jewelry and various hair accessories for a stylish look.
At any particular season, there are some colors which are preferred by most people more than other colors. It is important to take a look around and know which colors are trendy and which ones are not. Fashion is all about looking classy and avoiding odd looks. When certain colors are in fashion, it would be a wise move to follow the norms of the season as doing otherwise would make you have an odd style. Even though it is great to go with trends, it is also important to consider the other factors of coloring when choosing the right shade for you.
Lastly, one of the most striking things about colors is the message that they send. Colors are able to express passion, gentleness and other kinds of emotions. The evening dress takes the largest share of the body. Even though accessories are also capable of being symbolic, they are not as effective as the evening dress. You should, therefore, go for the color that expresses a certain emotion that you want to express. Do not be overzealous, though. The rules of coloring are important depending on the occasion. If a certain color is totally inappropriate for an event, do not just choose it because you want to convey a message.
Do you know how to choose the colors for your company logo? Creativity is key during this process and so is the manner in which the clients will perceive the color and the logo and its entirety. Choosing the company logos’ color will require some thought and a clear understanding of the brand identity along with the message you want to convey about the company. The brand color scheme is one of the most important decisions when creating the overall identity and aesthetic. This guide can help you understand how colors are generally perceived and can help as a starting point for selecting a defining color scheme.
The color emotion guide
Colors have a strong influence on our emotions and behaviors and marketers, as well as brands, will often put this color psychology to good use. Researchers have long been studying the effects of colors on our feelings and on how we perceive the things around us and undoubtedly some of these are very well known. Selecting a company color should be a decision that takes place when investors work on their trademark. For example, entrepreneurs in Asia can work with their designer to find a suitable color, while creating a distinctive trademark for their company in Singapore.
What company owners should know is that they can use the color psychology to choose the most suitable color scheme for their brand logo. The list below is a brief guide of the emotions generally attributed to each of the main colors.
Red: passion, power.
Orange: energy, warmth.
Yellow: optimism, sunshine.
Green: soothing, nature.
Blue: trust, peace.
Purple: royalty, creativity.
Pink: femininity, tranquility.
Brown: serious, robust.
Black: sophisticated, prestigious.
White: clean, noble.
Grey: mature, accessible.
Naturally, entrepreneurs can choose a single color or a combination thereof. Foreign investors who choose to open a company in another country can perform a research before choosing their brand color. For example, an experienced team of Cypriot company formation agents can help entrepreneurs start their business in this EU country that offers a very advantageous tax regime.
Issues to consider
The logo color can fit in a common color scheme for the industry. For example, green is naturally a very common choice for gardening businesses. However, the color selection process should be based on a thorough research to find the company’s true voice, regardless of the ones of the competitor’s.
When creating a distinctive trademark in Hong Kong, for example, entrepreneurs who are trying to open a company in the financial industry – one of the most developed ones in this jurisdiction – can stray from the commonly used colors in this business sector, like blue (which symbolizes trust) and create a bold and new logo.
The company’s tone and the message it means to send out to the world are all important factors when creating the brand logo. These, together with the chosen color scheme, should come together harmoniously to reveal the brand identity.
Derek Hood is a top UK based artist known for his vast collection of unique pieces of artwork. Derek has always been thrilled with drawing and painting, and therefore it was not surprising when he enrolled at University to study Fine c. The university is one of the best when it comes to honing the skills of students in matters of visual artistry. This move helped kickstart Derek’s journey in mastering fine arts as he gained broad exposure during his time at the university where he had the chance to interact with some of the best minds in the field as well as to visit several exhibitions which he drew inspiration from. He was also actively involved in student activities such as leading various exhibitions which prepared him to step into greatness.
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