Tag: branding

‘Grand designs’ for 2018

Summer is just around the corner and, here at Utter Creatives, we’re feeling bright, breezy and optimistic about warm sunshine and all the other fantastic things that lie ahead for the rest of the year. And that’s because, we’re only just over three months into 2018, but what an absolutely amazing year it’s been already!

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Success is in the air, not just with the real creative buzz that’s been happening in our design agency but for our clients, old and new, as well. We’ve started working with some new clients who needed a new brand to support a new business strategy. Whether your business is starting out as a new venture, or whether you have an established business that has developed or changed direction, your brand and visual identity are of crucial importance. First impressions of your brand can either quickly create strong impact of a modern, professional, energetic, dynamic, successful organisation or indelible feelings of an outdated or amateur business. Don’t forget brand tell a story – your story – so make sure you do everything you can, and work with the right people, to make it a good one!

 

So, it’s not just about the look, it’s about the feel too. The language you use, your style of talking and what you say about yourself all influence the way that your customers talk about you. Finding the right tone is essential for successfully expressing an organisation’s identity. That’s why we’ve been asked to work on some branding and editorial projects for our clients, and we can’t wait to show these off to you over the coming weeks. So watch, or should I say listen, to this space…

 

From one off projects for new clients to working on larger ongoing projects for our established clients, we’re working together on some ‘grand designs’.

 

And talking of grand designs, our growing success has led us to take up a new office in a beautiful Grade II listed building in the cultural heart of Lancaster. With its striking Doric columns, it is one of the oldest and most beautiful buildings in the city centre. And that’s another reason we’re feeling absolutely grand!

Utter Creatives sponsors Unique Kidz & Co

In 2009, Denise Armer and Jane Halpin faced the same issue: both were mothers of a child with a disability, left unable to find suitable day-care. Thus, they decided to take matters into their own hands – by founding Unique Kidz and Co. Since then, the small project has grown into a reputable charity, today offering childcare, holiday-clubs, weekend trips and many other activities to over 130 children with unique abilities.

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Now, Utter Creatives is supporting these efforts as a corporate sponsor, helping Unique Kidz and Co with their branding and design work. For Dee Darcy, director of Utter Creatives, the work of the charity was close to her heart: Dee’s nephew, whom was diagnosed with autism, attended some of the support groups in their early days. Learning first hand about how much the charity helped him and other children, how it allowed them to partake in everyday social activities, that had previously been unimaginable, is what convinced her get involved:
“Seeing the impact, Unique Kidz and Co. has had on my nephew and other children, I knew that I wanted to help – and luckily, my experience with design and branding were a perfect match for the needs of Unique Kidz and Co.”

Marketing and branding are often an overlooked area within the charitable sector due to the costs involved, especially on a local level. When reaching out to their audience, it is essential to outline mission, values and professionalism of the work. Whether measured by public recognition or access rates, there is a host of advantages if charities have help with their brand image. In this spirit, Utter Creatives is aiming to improve the general overall look of Unique Kidz and Co. By modernising the existing graphics, yet keeping their playful, colourful and youthful appeal, the hope is to represent the charities caring, professional and lively sides in every element of the visual communication. This way, Utter Creatives hopes to have a real impact on the charity and its beneficiaries.

Why Businesses need Branding

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When people think of branding, the words ‘logo’ and ‘design’ often spring to mind, however, this is a major misconception. Undoubtedly, a company’s logo and design plays a vital part in the branding of a business, but the potential of branding is far from limited to these two words.

 
Branding allows a company to stand out from the crowd, which is an obvious advantage for a start up business. In 2015, over 600,000 start up businesses were registered as new companies, and as the number gets higher and higher, the competition to stand out grows. However, with the assistance from a professional designer, branding can allow your business to catch the eye of your target audience, make a modern image related to you and, distinguish you as a company which not only cares about its appearance but about its customers too.

 
Using the right colour scheme, typeface, stationary and detailing plays an important role in branding. When branding is coordinated and clear, it gives the message that your business is organised and reliable. You want your brand to be recognisable, and so keeping things simplistic is key. The importance of coordination in your brand is essential when it comes to giving out a memorable impression of your business, so ensure that you keep to a certain theme without being narrow minded – it’s just as crucial to be consistent as it is to be current.

 
Branding tells a story about your business, which in return reflects the personality and values of your company. This is necessary if you want to establish a relationship with your customers. If they can understand your business from the branding you use, customers are more likely to trust, rely and choose you over your competitors.

Why research is vital in Graphic design

A lot of people think that graphic designers head straight to a computer when starting a new design. However this is not the case. To create a great design we must first have a great idea, but to get that idea there must be research and brainstorming first (and also a lot of doodling). Here is the first stage of a branding project that we did –

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As you can see its important to get as much information (visually) together before beginning designing. Ideas don’t come out of thin air (unless you are having a very lucky day), so getting research together helps you define key aspects for a graphic design project. You need information like – Who are the target market? Who are the competitors? What is the industry like as a whole? Research and development can sometimes be the most time consuming part of a project, however without this vital stage of the design process you would be left with not a lot of inspiration. By carrying out in depth research on for your project (whether its a branding project, print project, campaign or a digital design) you and your client will reap the rewards of the time spent on it.

 

 

Branding and Social Media

Social media is powering people in ways many have never imagined. Its now a critical tool for many businesses, not just for creating sales and attracting new customers, but also spreading brand awareness. Because of this it is vital that your branding is consistent and flows right through all your Social media platforms. Here are some top tips to help with branding in Social Media.

1) Ensure you have a consistent colour palette.

This goes without saying, if you look at the colours of any well known brand, you’ll see that they use the same colour scheme throughout everything they do. In their logo, in their text, their images, their Social media banners. When it comes to branding using the same colour scheme over and over again will help consumers become familiar with your brand identity.

Depending on how you want to be seen as a business, the colours you choose should reflect what your brand stands for. If you have a youthful brand, you might like to use bright colours. On the other hand, pastel colours work great for brands who want to be seen as welcoming and gentle.

 

2) Typography to match your brand identity’s personality.

Just like with choosing the correct colour, your choice of font should reflect what you and your brand stand for.

A minimum of two fonts and a maximum of four is usually best when creating a brand and using them consistently throughout all of your Social media images and material is crucial. Don’t mix and match depending on what you like that day. Once you have your font’s stick with them.  Notice the banner below that was created for Utter Creatives Facebook page? Here two fonts are used – Bebas and Raleway. These font are the only fonts EVER used in all marketing materials.

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3) Select the right imagery and filters.

Ensure you pick imagery that has a consistent theme. A great website for free images is pixabay.com it has great stock photography – and is a great option if you’re on a budget. If you’re taking your own photos, make sure you keep your theme consistent, too.

Something else to consider is your brand filters. If you decide to use filters over any images ensure to stick with the same ones/same styles.

4) Template design for Social Media.

Do you have a template for your social media posts? If not then you should consider designing one. Coming up with a style guide will help make sure all elements of your brand on Social media work in harmony. For example, you might want to add weekly tips or quotes, that you can share with your community. Below is an example of one we did recently for a client. TE-poster-example.png

 

Ready to get started with your Social media branding?

Just remember – images, colours, type and layouts are the main elements of design and will help your brand stand out across Social media platforms. Up to 90% of information sent to the brain is visual, hence why so many people respond well to well designed branding. The social media marketing race is on, and your brand identity visual voice is what will get you noticed.

Want more info? Contact us here – uttercreatives.co.uk or email us at hello@uttercreatives.co.uk

Coffee House Branding by Utter Creatives

The new visual identification of ”The Lodge Coffee House” (which is based in Windermere) has used a number of different branding/design elements, such as illustration, print, and digital design. The Coffee House wanted to portray the feel of Vintage/Victorian, due to their Lake District location, but also due to the fact they are located within an old Victorian house, built in 1842. Furthermore they also offer ‘quintessential english afternoon teas. 

All of this was taken into consideration when designing the branding; from the font used, right through to the patterns, images and colours.

You can visit the website directly here.

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