A quicker and dirtier guide of branding yourself
Know thy enemy and know thyself, find naught in fear for 100 battles. Know thyself but not thy enemy, find level of loss and victory. Know thy enemy but not thyself, wallow in defeat every time. ~ Sun Tzu
Well in our case it’s not really the enemy but our competition. From our last article, we know a little branding goes a long way. But it’s not only about differentiation, which means to be different, what we need to now is to have distinction, which means to be better. So we need to study our competitors in the web 2.0 world and their branding standards they subscribed to.
Thanks to Uniquely the epitome and The Font Shop.
This is an absolutely amazing collection of all the best web 2.0 logos out there. Well it looks like the Design Sojourn logo still needs a lot of work, or does it? At least now we have a much better idea and direction on where to go.
The big question really is to follow or not? Its seems the Web 2.0 logos today all have a similar feel and you can easily create your own if you follow this list:
1) Bevelled edges
2) “Chicklet” or rounded corners
3) Bright colours or a range of complimentary colours
4) Glossy highlights
5) Clean fonts
6) Drop shadows
7) Ground and horizon reflections
8) Gradient fills
So do you want to differentiate or have distinction, follow or innovate? I’ll leave that to you to decide.