Brand guide for Clearly Business, by The One Off
A brand guide is an essential tool for companies who aim to present a cohesive, consistent, and professional face to the world. A company’s brand guide acts as its visual communications “map” over the years, and also as documentation of the brand’s history as it evolves (as every good brand should!).
Elements of Style
Brand guides range from simple, single-page style overviews to full novel-length brand “bibles,” which can get really detailed. Generally speaking, they all draw from the following to document proper guidelines for basic brand elements:
- Brand Overview – this can include the company mission, tagline, vision, and general personality
- Logo – usage, placement, versions, unacceptable applications and modifications
- Typography – for print and web, headline and body copy hierarchies, etc.
- Colors – ideally with RBB/CMYK/Hex/Pantone values, usually including a primary (core) and secondary (accent) palette
- Imagery – the style for all stock and/or custom photography, graphics, illustrations, and/or icons
- Brand “Voice” – writing styles samples for the brand, including key words, as well as buzzwords to avoid
- Visual Examples to support each guideline included
Make it beautiful, not boring
While a brand guide is a “rules” document, it doesn’t have to be boring. It’s actually a prime opportunity to show your beautiful brand in action. These pages from a few exemplary and creative brand guides show it can be fun to follow the rules:
So, are you inspired to update (or maybe create for the first time) your company’s brand guide?