The world is looking forward to 2020, for many reasons, and the main one for traders and buyers is definitely the Expo 2020. This time happening in Dubai, and hence will become the most popular World Fair since its inception, the new logo was unveiled by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai.

The main theme of Expo 2020 is “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future” with the sub-themes being Sustainability, Mobility and Opportunity. The logo of Expo 2020 is inspired from a simple gold ring that was dug out from Saroug Al Hadeed, an archaeological site discovered by His Highness, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

With artefacts dating back to the Iron Age – from discoveries that belongs to Egyptian Pharaoh, Thutmose III, cedar wood from Lebanon to objects from modern day India and Afghanistan – it was clear that the place was a place to gather and connect, where people and ideas met to create something astonishing.

People are using technology in new and exciting ways. For example, to teach students hundreds of miles away, unable to receive anything more than a basic education. New ideas open up new possibilities.

THE LOGO:

expologo (1)THE ENERGY OF HUMAN CONNECTIONS
There is a link between each part of the ring, representing the power of connections that remain over time and distance.

THE CELEBRATION OF INGENUITY
An exquisite ring found in Saroug Al Hadeed is the inspiration behind the logo. Fashioned with utmost care by the skilled craftsmen of the past, this ring is a celebration and reminder of Expo’s role as a global point of intersection today.

THE SPUR OF PROGRESS
A timeless effort for continuous improvement and advancement, the ring reminds us that ingenuity and innovation remain one of the most enduring characteristics shared by humanity.

 

 

Sheikh Mohammed said the logo “represents our message to the world that our civilization has deep roots. We were and will always be a pot that gathers civilizations and a centre for innovation. Over 4,000 years ago, the people who lived in this land had a deep creative spirit and today the people of this country are building the nation’s future for centuries to come.”

 

Reference: www.expo2020dubai.ae

When asked about the (old) Uber logo yesterday, the CEO and co-founder Travis Kalanick commented : “Have you ever looked at someone’s hairstyle and thought ‘Oh my, you peaked in the 1990s?'”

The company had got a new brand identity and has updated the App icons. The new logo as described by the CEO Mr. Kalanick, himself, is “at once more grounded and elevated.” Compared to the previous logotype, there’s tighter text spacing, heavier letter weights and the curves at the left tip of the letter U and the right tip of letter R is gone. “Some might say it’s less fussy (in part because we have cut the curls, our 1990s hairstyle),” Mr. Kalanick wrote.

Our new look and feel celebrates both our technology and the cities we serve.
This updated design reflects where we’ve been, and where we’re headed. The Uber you know isn’t changing, our brand is just catching up to who we already were.
Travis Kalanick, CEO

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The bolder, more substantial logo is meant to make it more visible from afar and reflect Uber’s maturity as a company.

Along with the new wordmark, the company has dropped the “U” from its app symbol, replacing it with a white circle that partially encloses.

Uber_Rebranding_Whyletz_Blog2     Uber_Rebranding_Whyletz_Blog3The design has philosophical origins: the square represents a “bit,” while the circle depicts an “atom”. “The unique aspect of Uber is that we exist in the physical world,” Mr. Kalanick explained. “We exist in the place where bits and atoms come together. That is Uber. We are not just technology but technology that moves cities and their citizens.”

That “bit” will also be a running theme in Uber’s partner apps, as seen in the hexagonal shape that encloses a square for the driver logo.

The new identity also introduces much more colour to the brand. Whereas before it was simply black and white a lil bit of blue, it now features a more vibrant palette and patterns, all of which will be localized and tailored to each country Uber serves. Uber, being a transportation network woven intot he fabric of cities, there is a drastic change from the black and white Uber. After months researching on textures, art, fashion, architecture, people and a lot more, specific to the cities, Uber came up with attractive geometric patterns and bright colours.

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Uber on!

“A brand is worthless if it doesn’t connect with the right audience in a relevant way.”

In a fast-paced world, where consumer choices, demands and favourites change overnight, businesses often comes off bad. It’s unrealistic for an organisation to believe that the perfect mix of products, systems, infrastructure and workforce is at the top of its game.

Brand identity is integral, akin to a signature. It is unique, personal and identifiable, and a positive brand image works wonders for business. The decision to rebrand however is a big one – it is not just changing your brand logo and designs. Rebranding, if done skilfully, is a massive win for any company. A well-thought out, strategic brand strategy focuses on the positives and eliminates the negatives.

Thinking about rebranding? Do you need to? Here are some key points to consider:

  • Take a step back and evaluate. Is your brand doing all you want it to do? As the saying goes, ‘If it aint broke, don’t fix it.’ But if it is, know exactly what parts of the mix are flawless, and what isn’t working the way it should.
  • Assess the playing field. Know your competition. Establish their strengths and weaknesses and relate them against your own.
  • Know yourself. What can you do better? Try everything possible when it comes to giving yourself that extra boost to set you at the forefront of the competition.
  • Customer. Customer. Customer. You know your customer? Look again. Pay close attention to consumer behaviour and find out if you’re really giving them what they want.

The big decision. Rebranding is more than just a change in logo and tagline. It’s about telling your brand story the way it was meant to be told, so that everyone listening, never forgets.

Successful rebranding takes your business up a ladder that previously didn’t exist, giving your brand the foundation to evolve and flourish, whilst reinforcing your core business strategy, values and image.

It’s a conscious choice to stay relevant, revive growth and build loyalty. It may not be easy, but it will definitely be worth it.

 

Reference : James Pass Design

(Est. 1997) “Netflix is the world’s leading Internet television network with over 44 million members in more than 40 countries enjoying more than one billion hours of TV shows and movies per month, including original series.”
Netflix needed a brand through-line: a conceptual and visual thread to connect everything. Our challenge was to create something broad enough for a global brand but still unique and identifiable. To create something variable yet systematic and bulletproof. It had to be visually striking, adapt to any format, and hold up to interpretation by agencies and vendors around the globe.

The solution: The Stack, a visual metaphor and an identity system in one. It implies both the infinite, ever-changing catalogue and the custom-curated selections that make up the core of the Netflix service.

“The big challenge was unifying everything. They’re really successful, obviously, but the brand itself was a little fractured because they were working with partners and agencies around the word,” explains Gretel Creative Director Ryan Moore. “They had the logo and some basic text guidelines, but due to the sheer growth, they couldn’t oversee digital, print, trailers, and social media. What they needed was an idea to stitch everything together—a conceptual approach—but certainly a visual system all these agencies could look at and adapt to any format they needed to.”

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The new logo is available exclusively on the Orange is the New Black season 2 trailer and nowhere else on any of Netflix’s digital domain.

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Reference: Gretel,
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Ever since Medium first launched in beta three years ago, it has sported a logo that is simple, elegant, and strong, big, bold, black-and-white slab-serif M, from the font Stag.

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It served them well through their first few years, but as Medium has grown and evolved, the logo has begun to feel flat, impenetrable, blunt, and not to be toyed with. It is also not particularly distinctive, either. In short, it no longer captured or conveyed what Medium has become.

They set out to create a logo that was a better reflection of who they were and came up with a million different ideas for a new M icon. & they were on to something! This simple geometric interpretation of the M felt fun — like a delightful game or a deeply satisfying puzzle.

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Lastly, after much design philosophizing as to whether the logo should be rendered in perspective, isometric, or axonometric projection (they went for isometric), they created a exhaustive range of different heights and angles to make sure we landed on the most steady and most optically pleasing form.

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And finally, the result:

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Reference: Medium

Asana has got a new look, and that’s what they had been working on for the past several months. Teams across the globe in every industry—from fast-growing tech companies like Pinterest and Uber, to organizations like the United Way and NASA, to global brands like Disney and Verizon—use Asana to achieve more than they could before. There’s more opportunity to make work even easier for you. So, after countless customer conversations, user experience studies, and prototypes, they built a new Asana.

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Asana is a powerful product with a lot of features, and in the old Asana it could feel overwhelming to get started with your team. To fix that, the product needed some big changes. In fact, the number one request from customers was an improved design. The new Asana is redesigned to make tracking work to completion easier, so teams can get on board quickly and use Asana to achieve their goals. Asana is on a mission to help you and your team do great things together. By making it easy to keep track of your work, we give you more time to do the work that matters: building software, curing patients, cooking meals, or whatever it is your company does.

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Asana’s new logo

 

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Asana’s 3 dots used to patiently wait in line at the deli counter, but now they’re working together on a common goal. Instead of a cool green, they’re now an empowering, warm coral, with a glow that conveys the active energy between the team. The letter forms, placement, and arrangement of our logo were crafted with purpose. If you look closely, you’ll notice that there are three dots equally spaced inside the “A” letters in our word mark.

The new Asana is the easiest way to track work, and get results.

Reference : Asana

You’re ready to develop a new brand or you decide to evolve your existing brand. & you’ll quickly realize that you’re filled with options – from freelancers to branding agencies, options to finalize the right branding partner.

 

Finding the best & the right branding partner
is like finding a diamond in the rough.

Shortlist 4-5 branding agencies which you think are the best. Interview them all and narrow it down to 2-3 firms. Have in mind clearly your goals, budget and deadlines so that when you talk to them, they get your objectives.
“Be open about your budget and goals. That way, no one wastes time if there isn’t a financially mutual fit.”

 

None prefer spending lakhs of rupees to
fall into a relationship that doesn’t eventually work.

Once you short list agencies you think are the best for your branding, consider the below points. They’ll help you find the best partner.

 

First impression is the best impression.
Make the most out of the subtle first interactions. Ask yourself the following questions during and after the first talk :
– How do they interact with you before you become their client.
– Are they prompt in initial mail exchanges and schedules?
– Do they ask relevant questions during your meetings? & How smoothly do they flow?

Natural chemistry matters. It never should be like a blind date where you realize both parties have nothing in common. If you’re not compatible as people, it will reflect in the work product.

 

You are unique.

A big part of successful branding is the ability to problem solve with a fresh perspective. Some branding agencies have portfolios that are undifferentiated – all work across clients look the same. You visual identities should express your brand’s unique voice and must solve your specific challenges.

 

Branding is not creation of new logo.
Your brand should live in the real world. Your branding partner needs to be well-versed across channels and mediums, and able to ideate and implement across various touchpoints.
Some agencies are strong with strategy but not so well versed with design. Others excel with design but fall short with the strategy. You want an agency that can deliver on both brand strategy and design at an equally high level that’s in line with your brand’s bigger picture.

 

They should lead you. Not vice versa.
A great agency should be committed to make your business successful. They shouldn’t be afraid to step forward, speak up, and say “Here’s what needs to happen in order to build a successful brand.”
Greatness is built by collaboratively working together to achieve success. Agencies that are client-led often result in poor outcomes. A great agency is built to lead the project, not just to stay on time, budget and scope, but more importantly to push you to a state that will make your brand more impactful.

 

Great agencies don’t focus on design deliverables first. They focus on the strategic path that will take you from where you are to where you want to be. What you need is an agency that can deliver both brand strategy and design – both at the highest level.

An integral part of your business success is reaching customers through inventive and comprehensive social-media marketing campaigns.

Here are some tips to help build up your following and your brand.

  1. Make your tweets stand out.

If you don’t want your posts to get lost in the Twitter stream, make sure to include an image, related link or even an emoji to separate your missives from the torrent of other tweets.

  1. Express yourself with longer posts.

If you feel limited by Twitter’s 140 character count, feel free to expand on a point with posts on platforms like Tumblr, Google+ and LinkedIn.

  1. Strengthen your Facebook network.

If you find that you aren’t getting the response you are after from your company’s Facebook page, create some groups to spark more connections and conversations around your product and brand. Your customers can also choose to get updates from you this way.

  1. Inspire action.

Include call to action buttons (i.e. “like this page” and “learn more”) in your posts to gain more traction, clicks and conversions.

  1. Stay top of mind.

Market and post consistently across multiple platforms. Tailor your posts for each community and be sure to include links to your other social accounts in the bio and about sections so customers know where else to find you.

  1. Make connections.

You’re not just selling a product or a service, but a larger network. If you know of people in your orbit who would benefit from meeting, whether they are an investor, advisor, client or customer, make the introduction – you and the brand be well remembered.

  1. Share your feedback.

When you get positive feedback from a customer, don’t be afraid to highlight it. Retweet customer praise, thank individual customers on your Facebook page and consider a crowd sourced, user-generated campaign.

  1. Veer off the beaten track.

If a marketing idea appeals to you but you’re not sure if it’ll work, do the research but give it a try anyway. People will appreciate something a little unusual, and it could go viral.

9 . Stand behind your actions

Being honest, forward and entirely reasonable will win support from social media audience and will gain new paying clients.

  1. Put a positive spin on things

Emotions are contagious and people love optimism. Social media users are more likely to follow you if you share happier updates all the time.

 

Source : www.entrepreneur.com

“Personal branding” is a bit of a buzzword these days. Many claim to be experts on it even though the subject isn’t really that complicated at all.
It is simply the art of creating a recognizable brand around yourself. The goals are:

Be recognized whenever the brand is seen.
1. Have that brand represent certain ideas in the minds of the viewer.
2. Here are 9 quick tips to help you build up your personal brand.

1. Decide between using your name or a made-up name. If you build a brand around your name, then do so for the purpose of raising your reputation. On the flip side, any brand built around you is not sellable. When you decide to quit, the brand dies. If you build a brand which is separate from you, then you can sell it.
2. Own your domain. Whatever brand you use, you need to own the dot-com. If your name is available as a dot-com, go buy it. We specifically recommend the dot-com as opposed to other domain extensions like dot-net or dot-org because dot-com is assumed by all. It is easiest to remember.
3. Invest in a professional blog design. One of the biggest mistakes bloggers make is trying to design their own blogs when they have no idea how to do it. Saying that you’re not going to invest in a professional design until you make some money is to put the cart before the horse. Realize that you need to treat your blog like a business if you want it to be a business, and sometimes that means investing in it at the beginning.
4. Use professional photo of yourself. You are going to use a photo of yourself in various places on your blog, Twitter, Facebook, etc. You want that photo to be professional and attractive. You also want it to convey the mood expressed by your brand. If your brand is about fun, then look happy and fun in your photo. You can pay somebody to take very professional photos of you. It isn’t necessary, but you’ll get better results.
5. Go for visual consistency. Preferably, you want your Facebook and Twitter background, your blog, your Youtube channel layout – all of it – to have the same overall design and color scheme. It maintains visual consistency for the brand. Also, I recommend you use the same photo of yourself in all online profiles.
6. Get a logo. You need a professional logo for your brand. Don’t use your photo as the logo. Also, make sure the logo would work equally in color and black-and-white. In other words, it should translate well into print.
7. Invest in swag. Ever thought about building out your brand into the offline world? Perhaps shirts, cups, hats, mousepads, USB sticks, business cards, etc. If you give away some swag at a conference, you’ll be easily remembered.
8. Nail down your brand keywords. This was something that Ted Murphy talked about recently. In the same fashion you might add tags to your blog post, sit down and tag your brand. What words describe the brand you want to create? Then, see if you can further nail down the brand description to a single phrase.
9. Be Everywhere. Easier said than done, right? But, this is part of being a pro blogger. You need to be out there on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Youtube, LinkedIn, etc. And it all needs to lead into your blog where you are posting quality, helpful content designed to bolster your brand. You can build your brand visually all you want, but it isn’t a brand if it is not out there in front of people.

As with everything, the basics are easy. It just requires follow-through. It is one thing to read this post and ultimately do nothing different. Or you could come up with some steps to actually DO IT.
Now, go build your brand!

 

Source : www.blogmarketingacademy.com

Branding goes way beyond just a logo or graphic element. When you think about your brand, you really want to think about your entire customer experience…everything from your logo, your website, your social media experiences, the way you answer the phone, to the way your customers experience your staff. When you look at this broad definition of branding, it can be a bit overwhelming to think about what is involved in your brand.

In short, your brand is the way your customer perceives you.

It is critical to be aware of your brand experience and have a plan to create the brand experience that you want to have… a good brand doesn’t just happen… it is a well thought out and strategic plan.

 

BRANDING PROMOTES RECOGNITION.

People tend to do business with companies they are familiar with. If your branding is consistent and easy to recognize, it can help people feel more at east purchasing your products or services.

 

YOUR BRAND HELPS SET YOU APART FROM THE COMPETITION.

In today’s global market, it is critical to stand apart from the crowd. You are no longer competing on a local stage, your organization now competes in the global economy. How do you stand out from the thousands or millions of similar organizations around the world?

 

YOUR BRAND TELLS PEOPLE ABOUT YOUR BUSINESS DNA.

Your full brand experience, from the visual elements like the logo to the way that your phones are answered, tell your customer about the kind of company that you are. Are all of these points of entry telling the right story?

 

YOUR BRAND PROVIDES MOTIVATION AND DIRECTION FOR YOUR STAFF.

A clear brand strategy provides the clarity that your staff needs to be successful. It tells them how to act, how to win, and how to meet the organization’s goals.

 

A STRONG BRAND GENERATES REFERRALS.

People love to tell others about the brands they like. People wear brands, eat brands, listen to brands, and they’re constantly telling others about the brands they love. On the flip side, you can’t tell someone about a brand you can’t remember. A strong brand is critical to generating referrals or viral traffic.

 

A STRONG BRAND HELPS CUSTOMERS KNOW WHAT TO EXPECT.

A brand that is consistent and clear puts the customer at ease, because they know exactly what to expect each and every time they experience the brand.

 

YOUR BRAND REPRESENTS YOU AND YOUR PROMISE TO YOUR CUSTOMER.

It is important to remember that your brand represents you…you are the brand, your staff is the brand, your marketing materials are the brand. What do they say about you, and what do they say about what you’re going to deliver (promise) to the customer?

 

YOUR BRAND HELPS YOU CREATE CLARITY AND STAY FOCUSED.

It’s very easy to wonder around from idea to idea with nothing to guide you…it doesn’t take long to be a long way from your original goals or plans. A clear brand strategy helps you stay focused on your mission and vision as an organization. Your brand can help you be strategic and will guide your marketing efforts saving time and money.

 

YOUR BRAND HELPS YOU CONNECT WITH YOUR CUSTOMERS EMOTIONALLY.

A good brand connects with people at an emotional level, they feel good when they buy the brand. Purchasing is an emotional experience and having a strong brand helps people feel good at an emotional level when they engage with the company.

 

A STRONG BRAND PROVIDES YOUR BUSINESS VALUE.

A strong brand will provide value to your organization well beyond your physical assets. Think about the brands that you purchase from (Coca-Cola, Wrangler, Apple, Ford, Chick-Fil-A, Quick Trip)… are these companies really worth their equipment, their products, their warehouses, or factories? No, these companies are worth much more than their physical assets…their brand has created a value that far exceeds their physical value.

 

WRAPPING IT UP

The best branding is built on a strong idea… an idea that you and your staff can hold on to, can commit to, and can deliver upon. Your brand needs to permeate your entire organization. When your organization is clear on the brand and can deliver on the promise of the brand, you will see tremendous fruit while building brand loyalty among your customer base.

 

Source : www.strategynewmedia.com

 

 

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