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Evolving Brand Identity


Evolving Brand Identity

Branding Strategy Insider helps marketing oriented leaders and professionals like you build strong brands. BSI readers know, we regularly answer questions from marketers. Today we hear from David, a Marketing Manager in Salt Lake City, Utah who has this question about brand identity.

“I am hoping you can lend some unbiased direction. Our organization has thousands of products in a variety of mediums. As we move towards a more comprehensive visual identity system, we are concerned that by the time we get to the end of such a project, the intended results will be compromised due to the constant change in media. I was at a AIGA PIVOT conference in October where Terry Irwin, Professor and Head of the School of Design at Carnegie Mellon, suggested an era of organic branding and visual identity might be the direction of future visual identity programs.” 

Thanks for your question, David. There are a few things I would have you keep in mind as you are considering this:

  • Any time a brand identity project is pursued, one should strive for an identity system that works in all current and potential future contexts. That is, maximum flexibility needs to be designed into the system.

Brand identity can and will evolve over time, but usually it does so incrementally so that the new identity is a refreshed extension of the old identity. In this way, one does not lose the recognition and positive associations that existed with the previous identity. Consider brands like Betty Crocker (pictured), Quaker Oats, KFC, Xerox and Morton Salt, they changed significantly over time, but only a little bit at a time.

In addition David, we think you’ll find these thoughts on brand identity change meaningful:

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1 Comment

Luis F. Mejía
Twitter: https://twitter.com/LuisF_Mejia
on February 13th, 2013 said

As long as the evolving brand is capable to retain the subconscious attention of its stablished loyal followers and generate a harvest of a new following flock, YES, Brand evolution is good and strengthens equity.
Special attention must be given to the various technological applications in order that the evolutionary intervention does not become a “Fashion & Make-up” exercise.
Of equal importance is the behaviour and direct interaction of the corporation as it communicates with all stakeholders, under the influence of the evolved brand.

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