In our continuing discussion about logos, this week we are going to look at branding. Whatis.com describes a brand as “a product, service, or concept that is publicly distinguished from other products, services, or concepts so that it can be easily communicated and usually marketed. A brand name is the name of the distinctive product, service, or concept. Branding is the process of creating and disseminating the brand name. Branding can be applied to the entire corporate identity as well as to individual product and service names”.
Branding goes beyond a simple icon and becomes the identity of a company. It encompasses all of the packaging, print, web, and any other situation with which the firm wants to be identified.
Now for the fun side… Canadian branding firm Compass360 has come up with this tongue-in-cheek guide that features a list of hilarious, made-up branding terms.
A glaringly obvious overestimation of a brand’s importance in the world.
Also referred to as Delusions of Brandeur.
The maximum amount of potential the brand can reach.
Mathematically equivalent to the number of Facebook “Likes” a brand’s page may garner.
A grand old brand.
ie: Royal Mail, Jim Beam, that Jesus fish thing.
“Jumping on The Brandwagon”
Following a trend pioneered first by another brand in a manner that provokes blog commenters to cry “rip-off!”
As seen in the usage of Gotham, the colour red, or any geometric or non-geometric shape.
The 10 Combrandments
Thou shalt not make the logo bigger. Repeat 9 times.
Many brands crammed together garishly in a miniscule space.
See also: motorsport.
The core idea of a brand, preceeding any real strategic, emotional, intellectual or tangible investment.
More commonly referred to as an idea shell or inane rambling.
The action, undertaken by a client, to severely cut back on a carefully strategized brand rollout in the interest of cost savings.
As in, “She’s pulling out the brandsaw. Get a bucket.”
A truly magnificent specimen of a brand, with unparalleled attention to the Four C’s of branding:
Concept, Counterform, Contrast and Kerning.
A brand that has the courage to soldier on for decades despite its crippling issues.
Relevant cases: MySpace, America OnLine.
“Brand Spanking New”
Innovative fetish brands.
A flaky, corn-based brand, promoted principally via a single distinguishing feature of dubious uniqueness or value.
Any brand that conjoins with one or more additional brands without any effort to clarify or minimalize its name.
As with PriceWaterhouseCoopersDraperPrice.
An archaic brand with a multi-pronged strategic approach and tendancy to fizzle out over time.
The Promised Brand
Heaven for creatives; The place where all free thinkers aspire to be, and spend their entire careers attempting to reach.
Also commonly referred to as someone else’s blog.
Second-rate or derivitive branding that looks uncomfortably similar to the work of Paul Rand.
This dude’s funny. Check him out.
The merger of two brands of incredibly strong genes.
ie: Disney/Pixar, William/Kate.
Pompous and overwritten copy in service of a brand that is in fact paltry or embarrassing.
“Experience the pinnacle of luxurious luxury in our mouth-wateringly succulent Baconator.”
Subway, Mr. Sub, Quiznos.
A brand that waits for another brand to pave the way, only to steal its thunder by doing the exact same thing.
See also: The cereal aisle.
The holding of wholly inappropriate or unrelated promotional events such as extreme cheese cycling (BrieMX) or a rock concert for an energy drink (GatorAid).
A brand that appears out of nowhere, makes no sense, and becomes quickly irrelevant.
See also: New Coke, Sarah Palin
A brand so malformed and ill-conceived it should be illegal.
See appendix B, Sherwin Williams.
An activity reserved for the privacy of an agency’s washroom stalls.
Garish brands that appear where they are neither welcome nor relevant.
See Exercise D, What To Do When a Client Requests a Facebook Logo on a Billboard.
A parent brand that forces its name upon its sub-brand children, however stupid they will sound.
As illustrated by Nestlé, Nescafé, Nestea, and Nesquick.