A great visual identity begins with co-creation
Some companies lock a design team in a room for a few days and periodically throw them snacks until they come up with a perfect visual identity, but that’s not how we roll. Based on our extensive experience with branding workshops, the best approach is – you guessed it – co-creative.
To capture the essence of a new brand, we organise a co-creation workshop that involves the branding or marketing team as well as the main stakeholders of the business. It’s important to note that designing a great brand identity requires a great briefing – so that’s what we aim to facilitate. Our main goal is to translate the company’s brand values into a tangible, mutually understood moodboard.
Making a moodboard: translating words into pictures
A moodboard is a collection of graphical elements that capture the vibe of a brand. As concrete as they seem at first glance, words can be vague and their implications are different for different people. Particularly when you’re still getting to know your new brand values, in-depth discussions about their specific meanings and how these meanings are visually expressed are key here.
“Audacious” or “esteemed” might mean something totally different for a typography expert vs. a marketing expert. This is why we spend a few hours sifting through a huge collection of various branding elements to craft a moodboard for each brand value. We split this exercise up into teams and then compare and discuss the moodboards afterwards.
The process isn’t just about shuffling papers around and talking about them. We expect our clients to roll up their sleeves and pick up the scissors and tape to create a moodboard. We offer a huge range of inspiring images. Taking them apart and reconstituting them allows us to discuss colours, typography, photography and brand elements at the same time.