“Brand” and “logo” are often used interchangeably, however, they mean different things and it’s important to know the difference when looking to update your overall business look.
A logo is the visual representation of your business and is the most recognizable thing about most businesses. You may recognize the playful Chick-Fil-A script font, Lululemon’s horseshoe logo found on every clothing item, and the minimalistic apple for - you named it - Apple.
But, you know what else you probably recognize about these companies? Their branding.
- Chick-Fil-A’s adorable cows that encourage you to “Eat Mor Chikn”
- Lululemon’s positioning as an exclusive, fashionable athletic wear and of course, those fun red bags with encouraging quotes on them.
- Apple’s tagline “think different” and how they have positioned themselves as being the user-friendly, chic alternative to PCs.
As a brand designer, I wouldn’t feel that I’m doing right by my clients by JUST giving them a logo file because their business needs so much more than a logo - it needs a full-force, knockout BRAND.
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A logo is the visual symbol of your business.
A logo is just that - a logo. 1 visual representation of your business to be used on your website, your advertisements, billboards, you name it! A logo is part of the overall brand. As a brand designer, I provide my clients with anywhere from 3 to 6 logo variations that all point towards the same overall brand. When you have logo variations in different colors and formats, you have opened the door to a lot more freedom in presenting your brand to your ideal audience.
(See examples below of the 8 major logo variations for my client - Oh Crumbs Bakery. I included all these variations in different colors and file types.)
A brand is the visual symbol + additional design element AND messaging.
A brand takes your logo and adds allllll kinds of amazing additional design elements such as:
- Color Palette
- Fonts to accompany the logo
- Textures and/or pattern designs
Your messaging and brand strategy matter. When you work with a designer to develop a brand strategy, you work through questions like:
- Who is your ideal customer?
- What is your unique positioning?
- What does your ideal customer want/ what is their problem or pain point?
- What is the chief source of conflict that your products/services defeat?
- How can you help your customers reach success?
- And, so much more.
Here’s an example of what a branding package might include, taken from my website:
Although we live in a very visual world, a sucessful design is about A LOT more than a pretty logo.
For this reason, I caution against the many online companies where designers create crazy cheap logos. There are about a million reasons to avoid these websites, but a big one is … You need strategy, and no one who is creating a logo for $100 is thinking much about strategy.
So there you have it! When searching for a designer for your next project, make sure you are getting a full brand, not just a logo!