The pace of innovation, with its ceaseless introduction of new products, services, channels and markets, has radically altered how we approach design. Visual identity development was once thorough, deliberate and based on the premise that a brand’s identity should be enduring. However, the social media imperative—to interact with customers in real time—and declining marketing budgets have shortened timelines and required that once-sequential work streams run in parallel. Both the way we execute on design engagements and how we conceive the role design plays in telling brands’ stories are in various stages of revision. Let’s look at five ways design needs to deliver in 2018 to create successful brand identity.
Lloyd Blander is an expert at creating strategic designs and using them as effective marketing machines. Now a creative director at Siegel+Gale, he has worked with top clients such as American Express, Facebook and Microsoft, and lead campaigns of all sizes. He sat down with DesignRush to share where he finds his inspiration, how he motivates his team, and what businesses can do to ensure a successful partnership with a design or marketing company.
In this episode of Brand Matters, Ben Osborne, director of insights, EMEA, in London, discusses how brand owners can make the intangible tangible by focusing on brand contribution.
Brands of today need to group their efforts on delivering the best ‘return on creativity’ to fuel their performance. It’s impossible for a brand to rise above the noise without creative strategies to help them shine. The current renaissance of technology has created huge challenges for brands, but they have also created a playground for creativity. In a Middle East-first, the berries interviewed Howard Belk, to discuss his thoughts on the current state of global creativity and how can brands leverage it.
SMPL Q&A is a blog feature in which we interview experts on all things relevant to branding, design and simplicity. In this Q&A we speak with Leesa Wytock, senior director of experience, about our engagement with HMH.
When companies approach branding firms like Siegel+Gale for guidance on merging two corporate or product brands, the request is typically for us to develop a name, logo, endorsement strategy and story for the new merged entity. In many cases, however, it’s not the right move to simply create and launch a new brand identity overnight. Merging brands is a process. It’s about transitioning equity, shifting perceptions and migrating customers.
SMPL Q&A is a blog feature in which we interview experts on all things relevant to branding, design and simplicity. In this Q&A we speak with Matthias Mencke, group creative director in L.A., on the strategy he employed when redesigning the Recording Academy’s visual identity.
Our Co-CEO and Chief Creative Officer, Howard Belk, was recently interviewed by Sarder TV. During the interview, he discussed many topics including brand strategy, simplicity, the challenges global companies face and his own career.
Birchbox, the start-up that redefined the beauty category, was in an increasingly crowded space. Its competition was rapidly expanding, and they needed to reach beyond their loyal customer—the young beauty enthusiast. Additionally, as they grew their market with BirchboxMan, they needed a revitalized and broadened visual identity. To this end, they engaged Siegel+Gale.
SAP faced a central challenge: a longtime industry leader in improving their customers’ business performances, they also needed to be recognized for their innovative work in cloud solutions, machine learning, artificial intelligence, big data and blockchain. Introducing their expanding portfolio of technology offerings, SAP was now ready to fully own their innovative solutions. To this end, Siegel+Gale created a visual identity rooted in the idea of continuous movement and constant innovation.
Today, a company’s logo is no longer a solitary symbol of a brand. Though the classic Coke cursive logo or Adidas’ iconic three stripes serve as critical brand recognition, other companies must consider how their logos will be used to represent their brands cross-medium. More specifically, companies must challenge the creative team responsible with developing their visual identity systems to produce a final product that is designed with strategic intent and inspired by uninhibited conceptualization.