When you start a new project with a client it’s really important to make clear from the beginning the objectives of the project and the assets required, that is why is important to know the logo terminology as a logotype and logomark are not the same, and to avoid confusion on this post I will show you the most used graphic design terms and definitions about logo and branding.
As we already know the meaning of logotype and logomark makes it really easy to understand the meaning of combination mark, which is the combination of the symbol and brand name, is very common to see brands using their logomark merged with their brand name.
Icons in graphic design are used to represent objects or actions and you can see them everywhere as they are used in a large variety of industries to create a visual association with the object or actions to avoid confusion with different languages.
A grid is a framework that divides the space into columns and rows, the grid helps the graphic designer to align and place elements quicker and neater seeing perfectly the design structure.
Brand identity is all the visual elements that surround the company, this can be the logo design from your company, the business cards, packaging, uniforms, etc. The idea of the brand identity is that all the visual elements of the brand work together to transmit your ideas, emotions, and message.
Brand imagery refers to the visual representation of the company and how it presents its core messaging, values, and goals, and it can be represented in different forms such as feeling, taste, user experience, or simple visuals that create the feel of a company.
Thumbnail Sketch is usually used in the logo design process, and the thumbnail sketch is a potential design concept for your brand created by hand to visualize different ideas for the brand logo.
Vector refers to a graphic image made with mathematical equations instead of pixels like raster images that form shapes, this means that these types of images can be resized or scaled at any size without losing quality, that is why is important to use these types of files when creating a logo design to being easier to use it in all sizes.
The golden ratio was first discovered by Ancient Greeks and is a mathematical relationship that occurs when you divide the larger by the smaller number and the result is 1.6180, and this mathematical relationship is used with the golden rectangle to create perfect squares and rectangles with the same aspect ratio, this is used in logo design to create harmonious brand logos.
Usually, when you start a new brand identity design project is important to research information and inspiration, and a mood board is a space used by graphic designers to collect these ideas and use them as a visual reference, mood boards are used to create a certain brand aesthetic, inspiration or develop concepts.
White space also known as negative space refers to an empty space around visual elements to make them breathe and reduce visual stress, in logo design this technique is also used to create hidden meanings inside logos like FedEx or WWF.
Make sure that you know the difference between a logotype and logomark when you make your next logo design proposals, hope this post helps you to understand graphic design terminology about logo and branding and don’t get confused by these logo terms.
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