I help customers create brands every day, sometimes I’m just involved in the “look”, but often I’m involved at a deeper level, perhaps supporting with email campaigns or setting the wider brand rules for a larger company.
Branding is then a lot more than a logo. It can encompass every aspect of a companies presentation. There are wider visual aspects, how to apply that logo, other design tools that might be needed, stationary is often a first step, website design, signage, uniforms, brochures, vehicle livery, the list goes on.
Then none visual things. Think about Red Bull for example. I’m certain you can visualise their TV ads with their casual illustrations and “Red Bull gives you wings!” catchphrase. But they do radio adverts too, using the same voiceover guy and script writing style. And print ads, same drawing style and expected content. Stuff like the tone of voice, writing style and how your employees react to customers are all key parts of a “brand”.
Pile all of these eclectic things together and you begin to form the basis of a brand.
When I set up my freelance business I decided that the brand was me. Everyone would speak to me, work with me, employ me. I needed to add some visual elements but chose to keep the “flair” to a minimum, a straightforward roundel logo with a stylised K and a website that was low on visual clutter, focussing on the designs I was creating.
Though I love getting involved in a variety of brands for others, intervening to aid their success, I’ve been mulling over the creation of a brand that will sell products, rather than services, created by me.
At various points in my freelance journey, I’ve created logos, wider branding and eCommerce websites that do just that. One early client sells customised high ticket items (typically £150 – £600 per order) and can turn over £20,000 of online sales alone in a good month. Much of that brand was created and delivered by me. They had an existing offline operation and the products are great so it wasn’t by any means solely my doing, but it does make me pause and think if I can do it for others, why not myself?
Products then, that use my creative skills and are sold online, it needs to be a project that ticks along itself and in theory, makes money when I’m sleeping!
This then is the germ of my idea!
I’m creating a brand and I want to share the process, my thoughts, the successes, the failures and the challenges. The goal is threefold:
• To help me reflect and refine what I’m after, a personal journal of sorts.
• To help others, perhaps at the start of their own branding journey, to think about their own process in a different light.
• To start the brands marketing early, before it’s even a brand and ultimately make whatever it becomes a success!
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Kieran Harrod is a Creative, Professional & Reliable Graphic Designer skilled in branding, print and web design, with bags of integrity.
Based in Derby, UK, Kieran set up his own business in May 2011 after practicing design since 1997 including 7 years as an in house designer and marketing manager for the UK arm of a multinational. Get in touch to get something designed for your business.
Kieran did a terrific job with the Henmore Health branding and the solution expertly met the brief we provided. It was great to work with a professional brand designer who offered significant value for money and someone we would be happy to recommend.
Kieran understood the importance of embedding local culture in a brand that enjoys its heritage but is strong enough to venture anywhere. We are proud of Henmore Health, proud of the brand and proud to serve the people of Ashbourne where it was born. Few I think can capture this in graphic design the way Kieran has. Thank you.
Danny Smart - Henmore Health
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