- New Business Startups
- Logo/Logotype Design
- Brand Standard Creation
- Other Graphic Design
- Other Brand Services
When I started Created by Clark in 2007, I did everything. Truthfully, when I started up, I considered growing my business into an agency model. Circumstances with a family illness made that impractical, but the independent freelance consultancy provided me a creative outlet and tremendous flexibility with my schedule.
Over the years, I have transitioned most of my focus to building WordPress websites. From time to time, I do provide Brand Identity and other services for existing clients or new business start-ups. I am not particularly interested in expanding this portion of our design business, but I use my graphic design skills with nearly every project in some way.
New Business Startup
New businesses require a brand identity, which is much more than just a logo. The example above displays a sample of the extensive brand identity assets created, including the logo and a comprehensive Brand Standard to define the entire verbal and visual brand. Logo standards, official colors, and fonts are a few documented components. The website design, brochures, sales sheets, stationery sets, etc. form a comprehensive Brand Identity Portfolio.
As one of the major components of Brand Identity, the logo or logotype is what most people associate with the word “brand.” When I create a logo or logotype, I initially create the artwork in Adobe Illustrator in black & white and then apply color. Usually, I present several versions – such as a horizontal and vertical stack with the placement of the icon with the text. A complete logo set might include multiple versions: black & white or grayscale, a color for display on white or light backgrounds, and a negative version for display on black or dark backgrounds. Output is presented in both CMYK and RGB file formats in high and low resolution for digital use.
The Brand Standard
The Brand Standard is incredibly important, but small businesses infrequently use it. Treating small businesses with the same brand discipline as the big guys is important. In the Brand Standards or Guidelines (aka Manual) created, I include the following (and sometimes a lot more):
Unacceptable Use of Logo
Color Palette (PMS, CMYK, RGB, Hex)
Typography with specific applications
Brand experts recommend an audit every three years to assess how the brand identity has built equity or might need some tweaking to meet a more contemporary market segment. In the example above, our long-time client Lisa Imondi underwent a re-brand to include repositioning her business goals. The before and after are her logo, but we share more of the story in her Case.
Other Graphic Design
Whether for print, display, packaging, or digital use, Creative by Clark has extensive experience with all types of graphic design.
- Print and Digital Advertising
- Exhibit Design and Display
- Package Design and Display
- Apparel (screened or embroidered)
- Sales Materials
In the example above, a Program was created for Richens/Timm Academy of Irish Dance, taking the panel of their school dress and creating a Celtic Kaleidoscope.
Other Brand Services
While I no longer do much of this work, I have experience and a track record of success and understand the vital concepts. Usually, I refer clients or prospective clients requiring these services to my partner Sullivan Solutions, LLC.
- Brand Audit
- Brand Strategy/Marketing Strategy
- Marketing Plans
Some Creative by Clark Logo/Logotype Designs
Not all the businesses are still open, unfortunately, and in some cases, logos were ultimately replaced after a few years.
Creative by Clark Brand Identity Service is priced on demand. Brand audits, research, strategic plans, and services are time-intensive. Assistance for New Business Startups follows pricing guidelines the Graphic Artists Guild sets and scales a bit according to the business or proposed business size and budget. I believe in fair pricing and competitive packages to materially assist businesses in quickly ramping up while utilizing best practices and disciplined business processes.