Step 4: Your Identity System
Mostly, it entails the visual design elements that you use consistently in all of your marketing to convey your brand message.
The logo is one of them and arguably the most important, but there are others to consider as well.
- Marketing materials including books, pamphlets, flyers, websites, etc.
- Products and packaging
- Communications such as email newsletters
- Clothing worn by employees, if applicable
- Stationery or any other office supplies you use
In other words, these visual elements should be included in everything your company does wherever possible.
You may also include audio, such as a jingle or a tone like the Windows startup sound, a smell, touch or anything else that can communicate your brand.
Ask yourself whether they convey the message you want people to get when they encounter them. Your intuition can tell you if something is off, but it’s also good to ask colleagues and test your market.
Again, you can get ideas from your competitors or brands you know and use.
The same basic guidelines apply to all of your branding design elements. Keep them simple and relevant. Make sure they communicate immediately with your market.