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Last year, we designed a range of flyers for Melbourne Jewish Book Week, for small events they are running separately to their main festival coming up this year. We set up a template design that was easily used across a variety of events, which kept branding consistent.
A few weeks back, I presented a talk on the importance of branding for small businesses to members of Mornington Peninsula Weddings. Over the next few weeks, I’m going to post little snippets from the presentation – little bits to help you!
The top struggle I come across with small businesses, is that they think they are too small to worry about their branding. In actual fact, being a small business can work in your favour – you have more control over your brand and have the opportunity to make it unique to you.
Your brand isn’t just visual, it’s not just your logo or your website or your photos…the way you communicate and the words you use are just as important. There is also a human factor in every brand – the personality you share through your business (especially through social media!), counts as much as the visual aspects of your brand.
Start small. I often speak to start-ups who are totally overwhelmed by all of the things they think they need to get started, where really, most only need a few items to begin building their customer base. Nearly everything in life is easier in small steps, and branding your business is no different.
Don’t forget brand recognition. I know it can seem like a fun idea to regularly change your colours or logo, but a brand needs to be seen at least 3 times in 3 different places to be recognised. If you don’t have a consistent brand, the opportunity to build recognition is lost.
A strong brand for a small business can be huge in building trust with you, before a potential customer even makes contact. Make that first impression count. A quick template logo or something put together in Word might be the quick and cheap option, but it could be losing you customers you didn’t even know are out there.
My last tip: keep consistent. You can be a small business and have a great brand, with a bit of clever thinking and planning. It’s about being memorable, being trustworthy, being a brand your customers/clients/followers love.
One of our long-term clients recently went through a rename: Mear Roofing changed to More Roofing. The cutest part? “Mear” was named after the owner’s kids, and they had another bub and wanted to include him so changed it to “More”. It is such a lovely personal story that makes a family business even more special.
As part of the rename, we updated their logo and website. The website required a new domain name, email addresses, and updated content.
Alison is a bright and bubbly mortgage broker, who needed a personal brand for her business – so we completed a logo design for her. She wanted bright colours, and no typical finance icons. However, we still needed to use something that was relevant to purchasing a home, so colourful beach boxes were used.
Sometimes, you get to cross paths with an old friend from high school and find out what each other are doing. This happened with Jasmine, and we ended up designing the logo for her new make-up business (named after her adorable daughter!).
Another lovely Peninsula local we’ve gotten to know over the years! We designed this logo for Peninsula Equine Agents, who told us their goal is not only to sell horses, but to make sure that each horse and prospective owner are a good match for each other, represented by the heart.
The logo was kept to two colours and clean lines, to make it simple to be embroidered onto uniforms.
Logo design for Glam Vans with a touch of retro!
Ash is a Somerville local (like us!), and we stumbled across each other’s skills by accident – we needed a carpenter for a few things around home, and he needed a designer for his business stationery. We ended up designing a business card and flyer for him. It was a great match, but definitely different to getting other projects done – we had discussions outside in the sunshine while he was hammering away!
We have recently been working with WOFG 2018 on their upcoming event. Women on Farms Gathering is coming to the Mornington Peninsula for the first time.
We started with their brand design, so they could begin promoting the event for sponsorship. The logo is a play on the tagline “our pearls of the peninsula”. The logo was also deliberately designed with bold colours and shapes, as they have plans for screenprinting.
A “save the date” postcard has also been designed, including the illustration of a map.
Following this, a website has been built for the event. The watercolour background (to represent the ocean) is across all of their collateral – both printed and online. The website is being regularly updated as the event draws closer, adding to their program and booking details.
We design various items for Sam’s, including food packaging and promotional material. This poster promotes their pelmeni and pierogi ranges – traditional Eastern European dumplings. We definitely get to work on a wide variety of projects in the studio!
My personal favourite of this poster was how the two photos happened to line up perfectly, creating one plate with very different dishes.