Your visual identity is different than your brand identity. But your visual identity, however, does play a part in helping to create your overall brand identity. The visual branding elements help to create the specific feeling and experience you’re trying to invoke from your brand. This includes everything from your logo to the images you use, the font of your text, the colors of your website, and more. The following are a few tips to help you create an effective visual identity:
1. Keep Your Audience In Mind
The focus of your visuals should be to engage your audience and to connect with them. If you’re representing a funeral service, then a loud logo with bright colors is probably not going to do a good job of connecting with your audience. To ensure that the visual content you use is in line with who your audience is, make sure that you create your buyer personas first before you begin implementing a strategy for creating a visual identity.
2. Create A Logo That Supports Your Brand’s Core
The logo you create to represent your brand needs to represent its identity, its mission, and its business. You might have a really cool logo, but if it doesn’t do any of those things, then it’s a useless visual and a poor representation of your company. Take, for example, Amazon. Their logo is very simple–it’s just the letters “amazon.com.” However, there’s an orange arrow underneath pointing from the letter “A” to the letter “Z.” It visually shows that they have everything from A to Z on their site.
3. Make Sure Your Visuals Are Consistent
To create a strong visual identity, your visuals need to be consistent throughout. For example, if you use yellows and blues in your logo, it’s going to be confusing if your website’s design elements focus mostly on shades of red. It may look good, but consumers won’t be able to tie these visual elements to your brand because they are too different from one another. This goes for other elements as well, such as text. If you are using different fonts throughout your website, it will weaken your visual identity. Pick one or two fonts that best represents your brand and stick with them.
4. Make Sure Your Visuals Are High Quality
It doesn’t matter how thought out your visuals are, how relevant they are to your audience, and how consistent they are if they aren’t of high quality. Poor quality images or visual content of low aesthetic value will leave a negative impression on your audience. If your visuals aren’t aesthetically pleasing, consumers are likely going to assume your products and/or services aren’t of much higher quality either.
These are a few tips that should help you create a visual identity that properly represents your brand and that connects with your target audience. A strong visual identity will help you to create a stronger brand identity, which will only help to increase your brand awareness and trust.