Friday, May 29, 2009
Don't bother me, I'm branding.
These days, we hear the word "branding" as frequently as Adolph heard "Heil." "It needs more branding," we're told. "Dial up the branding." "Brand it." "Oh, you could put some branding on that hang tag."
Slathering a logo on a communication like a fat guy swabs mustard on a frankfurter isn't branding. It's slathering logos on things.
Brands are characters, beliefs, stories, truths.
And logos are logos.
Yes, they represent brands.
But in and of themselves--they are just logos.
They can evoke meaning but only if they're imbued with meaning in the first place.
Don't tell me to make something red, or make the logo bigger and tell me that those directives are about branding.
Those directives are about hacking.
Posted by George Tannenbaum at 5:38 PM