What is a logo?
Have you ever thought about what the word logo means and where it came from? In Greek, logos means `the word’ and `to speak,’ and it can also refer to `conveying a thought.’ Refreshing the word, the visual, or the thought behind the logo can infuse new life into a company and drive up sales. It is also part of the visual that helps to build strong brand loyalty. For example, it might surprise, delight, or educate the audience as it begins to tell the story of your brand, mission, and principles.
What makes for an improved logo?
Many factors can go into improving a company’s corporate identity. Like everything else in corporate society, styles change, attitudes change, and even type styles can change. Over the last twenty years, a simpler visual design for logomarks has emerged—specifically, one that is versatile and memorable without being overdrawn. Companies such as Starbucks, John Deere, and Shell have used bolder logo icons in place of their full names or shortened their names. For example, Kentucky Fried Chicken is now known as just KFC. Shortening to acronyms, however, should be done with caution because if your logo says KFC, don’t rely on new customers remembering what KFC stands for after several years.
But one of the most interesting logo icons to evolve is the photographic image of Betty Crocker over the years. Although her burgundy-colored blazer remains consistent, her hairstyle, demeanor, and general mood have transformed many times over her 80+ years to reflect what is fashionable. But unlike any of us reading this article, Betty Crocker hasn’t seemed to age a day.
What is your brand identity and personality?
Has your brand evolved with time? Take some time to look at your brand and decide if you’re ready for a refreshed logo.
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