Graphic Design & Marketing

Developmental Sketches


Let the brand and target market direct your design work

Your brand and target market should influence and direct everything you designing for your client's brand . Everything you choose (name, typeface, color,logo shape, art image,illustration style, photos, etc.) should help communicate the brand/message to the target market. Period.

Things to consider


Once you have your name solidified, typeset it in several different typefaces and type styles. This process is important because your typeface will represent the brand words to your target market, and will be on almost everything you design.


Be sure to try all different types of forms, shapes and artwork when you start sketching your logo concepts. Think of art elements that will represent the benefits of your brand. What art is appropriate for your brand? What style should your art have? Loose or technical? Detailed or simple shapes? Think or thin lines? Realistic or abstract? Remember that your logo should be easily recognizable and memorable.


Color is important when establishing a brand. Color is such a memorable factor in establishing brand loyalty that color can become synonymous with a brand. In fact, the concept that a color can identify a brand, and that a color can meet the legal requirements for a trademark registration, was set in the 1995 US Supreme Court ruling involving Qualitex v Jacobson. So, color can become a brand in our consumer's eyes and in the eyes of the law.

There are three main areas a graphic designer should consider when choosing colors for a brand identity:

  1. Does the color appropriately represent the client's brand/message?
  2. Is the color appropriate for the target audience?
  3. Is the color free to use? Does any competitor already "own" the brand color?

Developmental Sketch Examples

- Backbone Branding, on Behance


- Diego Leyve, on Behance


- Backbone Branding, on Behance


- Steve Simpson, on Behance


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