A corporate identity is, put simply, a symbol. It can be as simple as a color scheme (eg. Orange and Blue widely used in most of AOL's advertising) or a word written a certain way. (eg. "Sony" written in those narrow, classy letters) or a picture. (eg. The Ship for Old Spice Aftershave.) These physical images are often associated with the "image" of the company behind them. They are often designed with a certain motive. User Friendly for AOL, Sleek and High Tech for Sony, and Manly and Sturdy for Old Spice. This is the basic idea of a corporate identity. When you see those images, not much else comes to mind. There are well recognized and those color schemes, images, and words have been effectively used to bring those particular companies to mind.Contact Us
Why do corporate identities work? Why does 3 stripes and a word make us want to trust a company to sell us shoes? The answer is because it is effectively marketed. The image is unique enough to know that it is Adidas, but not overly blatant or complex.
First, it has to be recognizable enough to saturate a market. Something hard to make out, fuzzy, too long, unmemorable, ordinary, or too similar to other identities in that market just won't do the trick. Here are a few things you should think of: is it legible? Can it be recognized from a little distance? Will it stand out on a page? Does it put forth the kind of image you want? Does it look good in black and white? (you might not always want to pay for color) Can you legally protect it? Is it simple? The more complicated it gets, the larger it will have to be to be recognizable. Your logo can find its way on to a box, or onto a letterhead, or maybe onto a billboard. Can it be seen and understood from all these perspectives?
Do you have a slogan for your product or brand name? How does it match up? Is it memorable, simple, expressive and does it carry the image you want to send? These are all parts of an effective corporate identity. And they very well might make or break your marketing strategy.