Branding Your Website
PULP Huntington Beach Branding Services help design creative & strategic brand guidelines for small or large businesses & their websites.
Branding plays a huge role in your company & making sure your website is branded is imperative, & fun!
Companies spend large amounts of money on branding because the impact of having a well-branded website is important when it comes to sales & repeat business.
Most companies have branding guidelines that are created by the marketing department & outlines how their brand should be represented.
The guideline will detail the various forms of the company logo, how it is used on different backgrounds, sizes, & what fonts & lettering are to use alongside it.
For web branding, the size of a logo is important because of the impact on screen space – & so are the colors that the logo uses.
Colors for web designs have different gamut (color space) scopes, & typically they are not color-calibrated to be perfect.
Web Design Branding Tricks
Here are 10 important tricks to web design branding that can be helpful.
1. Logo size
This is an important issue, & you need to decide on the size of the logo & then stick with that scale wherever it is used. Having different sizes of any branding is confusing, & this means you can’t reuse the same graphics.
If your site contains other branding, such as sell-through products or companies that are partners, then make their logos less prominent.
Making other company logos the same size or bigger than yours sends entirely the wrong message about your brand’s importance.
3. Limiting files
If you keep all branding elements to a small number of files, & reuse these throughout the site, this gives you many advantages. Not only will this make the site quicker to load for visitors, but when a rebranding occurs, it will be much easier to change everything.
4. Use PNG for logos
The preferred file format for websites is JPG. However, this format doesn’t support transparency, & the PNG format does. When the logo is a PNG file it can be placed over different colored backgrounds without having to make any special adjustments.
5. Be consistent
Using the same logo & colors is good, but this consistency should extend to every aspect of the site, including the vibe & style behind the content & the placement of commonly utilized elements.
Considering a retail equivalent, all call to action & images should be the same, & promote a clear & concise theme & style.
6. Have a proposition
A new visitor wants to know if they’ve arrived at the right site, & also want to underst& what they can expect from your company. Tell them who you are, what you do, & what makes the company so special.
7. Have a mascot
A mascot doesn’t work in all contexts, but having a mascot animal, robot or character is a strong idea that visitors will recognize even without the company name. Not all mascots are animals. PULP uses an orange to represent Orange County.
8. Social media
If you intend to use your brand on social media – & probably will – then consider the restrictions that this places on graphics, & work with them. Designing specific logos for social media is a good idea, you can tweak them so they work best in that context.
9. Watermarks & tints
If you have an large, detailed logo, placing it over a elaborate image won’t work well visually. There are two approaches you can take to resolve this problem.
One, make the logo a watermark on the graphic, either lightening or darkening the content underneath & removing all the colors from the logo. Two, make the background image monochrome, so that the logo st&s out over it. Either approach will work.
10. Think about visual scanning
When a person reads a website their eyes perform a pattern of movement that starts at the top-left, then moving right & down. That’s why the logo should be in the top-left. Where a visitor’s attention will linger matters, & place branded elements & business messages in those areas.
Have any questions about your branding, give us a call. We offer in Huntington Beach Branding services & throughout all of Orange County.
Erin is the founder of PULP a pure premium web agency focused on creative web design & local SEO services for startups & companies that need a fresh squeezed perspective. Based out of surf city Huntington Beach.
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