Logos, websites and marketing materials have to work together to create a positive impression – and put money in your pocket.
Trust means your future customers believe you’re likely to be honest and competent, and will deliver a good experience. Sometimes trust comes from friends telling friends they had a great experience. But most of your future customers wont have word-of-mouth to rely on. They have to decide on their own whom to trust. Thats the mission of your logo, website or brochure, to create your business dress and body language–your visual branding.
Here are a few basics to help your business look credible:
- Go for simplicity and lack of clutter. (Think Apple, the master of simplicity in branding.)
- Create or demand a clean, well-balanced graphic design.
- Use one or two basic colors that go well together, not a hodgepodge.
- Choose one font and stick with it. You can express almost anything by using variations within a single font family: size, weight (boldness), italics, etc. If you really must, choose a second font for major headlines. But first try it with one font.
- Coordinate a single look – design, colors, etc. – across everything you do, including your logo, website, brochures, ads and signage.