A logo is not your brand, nor is it your identity. Logo design, identity design and branding all have different roles, that together, form a perceived image for your business.
Branding is not a topic to take lightly. Whole publications & hundreds of books have been written on the topic, however to put it in a nutshell you could describe a 'brand' as an organization, service or product with a 'personality' that is shaped by the perceptions of the audience. On that note. it should also be stated that a designer cannot 'make' a brand - only the audience can do this. however a good designer forms the foundation of the brand.
Your brand does not only consists of some colors, some fonts, a logo, a slogan and maybe some music added in too. In reality, it is much more complicated than that. You might say that a brand is a 'corporate image'. The basic idea and core concept behind having a 'company image' is that everything you do, everything you own and everything you produce. It should reflect the values and aims of your business as a whole.
As an example, let's look at the well known IT company, Apple. Apple as a company, projects a humanistic corporate culture and a strong corporate ethic, one which is characterized by volunteerism, support of good causes & involvement in the community. These values of the business are evident throughout everything they do, from their innovative products and advertising, right through to their customer service. Apple is an emotionally humanist brand that really connects with people - when people buy or use their products or services; they feel part of the brand, like a tribe even. It is this emotional connection that creates their brand -not purely their products and a bite sized logo.
The identity or "image" of your company is made up of many visual devices:
All of these things make up your identity and should support the brand as a whole. The logo however, is the corporate identity and brand all wrapped up into one identifiable mark. This mark is the avatar and symbol of the business as a whole.
These brands and logos are unmistakable and timeless. How about yours...
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