Sometimes, new clients come to us with a question that seems all-too-familiar in the digital age: do we still need professional letterhead and envelopes? In our opinion, you absolutely do. That’s true even if you have a small business or a one-person professional practice. In fact, using good identity pieces can be even more important when you are upcoming or independent. Let’s take a look at a few of the most important reasons why… Colleagues and Customers Take You More Seriously When customers or colleagues get professional communications from you and see your letterhead and envelopes, it creates an instant impression. They get the sense that you are competent, and […]
The history of logos is long and varied and somewhat out of the scope of this piece, but take just a moment to think about the word “brand.” The term your brand comes from ranchers who branded their cattle – a mark of ownership or representation of a product. Did you know? Carolyn Davidson, who designed Nike’s swoosh in 1971 was originally paid $35 for her work. The brand was a simple mark, widely spaced characters that were typically the owner’s initials.Leaping back further in time, to medieval Europe, the personal brand was elaborate, but also printed much larger for quicker identification. Heraldry, an individual’s personal standard, varied greatly, but […]
Tingalls Graphic Design is super-excited to be the first agency in Madison to offer to latest in branding trends – The Rock.
Last week we talked about what a brand is and how your corporate culture and mission statement protect and promote that brand. In short, your brand is your promise to the world, your pitch to strangers and your company’s values. Sometimes that’s not enough to save a brand. How do you know if your brand is failing? Here are a few tips:
What is a brand? Marketing experts have struggled to wring every nuance from the word, for nearly a hundred years. Should your brand be re-booted?
It’s not your Spidey-Sense tingling, you’re feeling Project Success. It’s what we at Tingalls Graphic Design call “The Awesome Index.” At Tingalls we deal with awesome all day, so we’re not willy-nilly with the term Project Success. It’s a direct result of our creative process.
When you think brainstorming, you probably think of a stuffy room, some paper, a handful of people and maybe some Mountain Dew. That’s cool. Maybe it’s not your specialty. But here at Tingalls, creative is our bread and butter.
Now that we’re well into 2014, how do you feel about Radiant Orchid as the Pantone color of the year? Is it something you’ve used in your designs and branding, or is this the first time you’re hearing about it? I asked some of the Tingalls team how they feel about the color, and if it’s influenced how they design and think. Overall, they felt that although it’s interesting to see what color Pantone picks each year and how they apply it, it has very little affect on their work. “All of our designs are very client driven. We tend to brand for our customers in a more timeless way […]
Before comparing branding and logos let’s take a step back and define what each element is. A logo is a symbol that consumers can quickly recognize as belonging to a business, product(s) or service(s). A brand is an idea or an impression that consumers have, branding is attaching that idea to your business. Branding also consists of the overall image you portray via your business cards, website and additional marketing materials. For example the “golden arches” of McDonald’s is iconic and just the sight of that big rounded yellow M makes you think of the restaurant. But the company’s brand is the impression it brings to mind, which for most […]