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Communicating brand through typography

Communicating brand through typography
July 25, 2018 Kingdom & Sparrow
Brand values and typography

What is type and typography? 

Type refers to pre-fabricated, replicable lettershapes. Typefaces are families of these lettershapes that share characteristics – like DNA – and work together as one.

Typography is how we use type (e.g. size, weight, colour and position).

 

Bespoke Futurestitch typography

Typeface in context

Why is it important?

The ideas and values behind every brand are seldom expressed alone without messaging – without words.

Type and typography is one way in which we create a visual tone of voice – connecting these ideas and brand values to messaging.

 

Brand tone typeface

Typeface family

 

The characteristics of letter shapes evoke a response within us; curvy shapes tilted inconsistently, used with scatty placement and bright colours gives a sense of playful light-heartedness.

Conversely, a strict axis with sharper characteristics, positioned crisply create a more grown-up, confident and serious tone.

How do we do it?

From the very beginning of the branding process we define a creative strategy that gets to the core of what a brand’s tone and messaging needs to be.

We call on our historical, theoretical and practical knowledge to make concise decisions about the characteristics of the letter shapes we use and create, so that everything looks as you’d expect it to sound. More John Lennon singing Imagine than Donald Trump singing Kumbaya.

 

Bespoke typeface

 

Because every brand is unique and its voice is its own, we strive to create bespoke type and lettering wherever possible to really create distinction and definition.

 

Typeface

Hand drawn lettering

Case study: Chocolarder

Chocolarder branding

 

Evolving Chocolarder’s branding and packaging has included a fresh approach to its logotype.

We created bespoke shapes that have a classical structure – strong, refined and true – that visually connect the name to the brand’s tireless devotion to a responsible bean to bar process, which results in the highest quality chocolate.

 

Chocolarder bespoke typeface family

 

The concept of the letter shapes is all about discovering flavours. Upon closer inspection soft, curved details create a swirliness as an expression of a sensory nature when smelling and tasting the chocolate itself.

 

Creating a bespoke typeface

Bespoke type

Case study: Future Stitch

Future Stitch brand

 

Future Stitch is the most innovative apparel producer in the world – the future of high-quality, sustainable and responsible manufacturing. They wanted a brand with substance.

 

Future Stitch bespoke typeface

Constructing the typeface

 

We designed letter shapes influenced by direct ‘Concrete’ art of the 1920’s – when art and design went hand in hand with aspirational social change – linking to the values and intent of the brand.

 

Typeface inspiration

 

All capitals and strong, angular shapes add an industrial suggestion, connecting the importance of Future Stitch’s building. Whilst slightly rounded edges give a subtle sense of printing techniques – industry – as opposed to appearing too digital, clean-cut and disconnected from human interaction.

 

Bespoke Letter Q

Bespoke letter R

Bespoke letter S