If you’re in a service industry, you’re focused on getting the job done. You’ve built your business on stuff like excellent service, great products, and growing by word of mouth.
These are as essential as ever, but the rules of the game have changed. Gone are the days when manufacturing, logistics, transportation, oil & gas, and construction companies could ignore branding and digital strategies and remain competitive. Branding and design for service-based companies
shouldn’t can’t be boring in 2019.
If you want to unlock growth, attract top talent, and expand your service areas, your brand design should be a top priority. Here are three design tips to point you in the right direction.
1. It’s All About the Fonts, Baby
When it comes to fonts, less is more. Great design (whether in print or web) typically only has 2-3 fonts. In modern digital design, the rules are a bit more relaxed, especially when pairing fonts together. When I started designing professionally back in the early 2000s, the guidelines were more strict when, for example, someone wanted to pair a san serif font with a serif font. A big no-no back then! With all the new, exciting typefaces today, finding font pairs is much easier, no matter the style. Just make sure the fonts you choose share similar characteristics. (and please no comic sans!)
2. Think Again About Color
The colors you select for your design set the tone for the overall look and feel of your brand. When choosing colors, keep in mind what you are trying to convey. Is your company’s brand associated with longevity and tradition? Excitement and innovation? Durability and strength? The colors you choose will either favor your brand or undermine it. For example, color psychology tells us that red makes consumers feel warm, loved, and comforted. Is it any wonder then that many fast food companies choose red as their brand’s weapon of choice? Remember, the right color palette can make or break your brand positioning.
Here are a couple of color theory websites to help you pick an attractive color palette.
3. Keep Your Objects In Order
If you want to make your design stand out from the rest, another overlooked, but crucial factor is alignment. Nothing makes your company’s brand design look more amateur than misaligned objects and text. Think about all of the touchpoints and channels you put your branding on; signage, apparel, packaging, and digital assets. Object misalignment in your branding can destroy your market recognition and kill your budget. Who wants to be responsible for having to reorder expensive outdoor signage again? Alignment is critical to making your design stand out in a crowd.
When it comes to design, Marie Kondo’s (https://konmari.com) philosophy is indispensable — keep only those things that “spark joy.”
“Keep only those things that spark joy.”
— Marie Kondo
A fresh, modern brand design should be clean, color-appropriate, and aligned. Most importantly, it should make you proud and put a smile on your customer’s face. If you’re considering designing your branding, these tips will help produce great results. If you’re looking for professional help, let us know.
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