After answering the questions I posted in Branding Pt.1, I said to myself, 'who is my customer? who am I making these items for?' and the answer was 'ME!' or at least, people like me. This is where I came up with idea to draw a cartoon 'me' for the logo. Here's a few of my original sketches:
I had thought I was going to use the one of the girl wearing the dress with the stripes as my main icon, but I created a different design for the back of the card using the feature part of the girl-her face! And when I had the business cards printed, it was clear that the smaller icon design was a better choice.
I used a few trends in the icon (hipster glasses and peter pan collar) to help people get a feeling of who the 'Heidi-and-Seek Boutique' girl is. I wanted it to be cute and playful. I used my favorite colors at the time, mint, coral, olive green and it eventually turned into this teal/aqua color because everything printed differently than it looked on my computer screen but I'm still happy with it.
Once I had my design down, I made a list of all the items I now needed to attach this brand onto everything:
1. Business Cards
2. Thank-You Cards
4. Banner for Shows
I will tell you that there were points that were quite frustrating, trying to come up with a sketch or design that worked or that I liked, but I stuck with it and just kept sketching until I had something I loved!
A lot of what I shared in my branding story comes from this class that I took through the popular blog 'A Beautiful Mess' take a look at the classes they offer, they have been monumentally helpful for me and my business. They share a lot of great information from what they have experienced first hand. in particular I have benefited from the Dream Job, Blog Love and Blog Design classes.
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