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Creating a Brand Identity

Creating a strong brand identity is a journey, not a quick fix. It’s not just about throwing together a few colors and designing a logo. Building an identity that truly represents your brand and can support your growth requires thoughtful planning, a team with excellent communication and design skills, and a deep understanding of who you are, what you do, your competitors, and how you want to present your brand to a relevant audience.

Developing a brand identity can feel overwhelming and confusing. What should it include? Where do you even start? Who needs to be part of the process?

With the right guidance, you can navigate this journey effectively, and that’s where this toolkit comes in. We’ve simplified the process into an easy-to-follow guide, complete with a toolkit to support you every step of the way. By following this guide, you’ll emerge with a beautiful, functional brand identity that not only outshines your competition but also helps you connect with the right people and share your brand story through every piece of content.

What Is a Brand Identity?

Identity = Identify. Brand identity are the elements that help an audience identify with a particular brand.

A brand identity is the sum of how your brand looks, feels, and speaks to people. (Sometimes that even includes how it sounds, tastes, feels, and even smells... think of Chanel)

The components that make up a brand identity are:

  1. Brand Story (brand’s origin, values, vision, goals and mission narrative) Why you matter.
  2. Brand Personality (human characteristics that resonates with an audience)
  3. Brand Name (sets brand tone)
  4. Services and/or Products (brands unique selling point)
  5. Verbal Identity (personality and consistency through words)
  6. Visual Identity (logo, colors, typography, composition, graphics, icons, patterns, photography, illustration and marketing collateral templates

When most people talk about brand identity, they’re referring to a brand’s logo, which is just part of your visual identity.

The Power of a Strong Brand Identity

A strong brand identity is not about having a nice logo; it’s about communicating your brand story effectively. It’s like a lighthouse in the stormy sea of the marketplace, guiding customers towards it. Your identity is a powerful tool that can transform how people interact with your brand in these important ways:

Differentiation: How can you stand out in a crowded marketplace? Your brand identity can play a strong role. Whether you want your product to stand out on a shelf, or you want your ads to stand out on social media, creating a consistent, cohesive presentation is the secret to success.

Positioning: The more effectively you communicate who you are, the easier it will be for people to engage with you and, ultimately, join your community of fans. If you don’t position yourself, you will be positioned!

Image: A strong brand identity will help manage the image of your business.

Consistency: Everything you create reflects your brand. Thus, if you want to create a consistent, cohesive brand experience, you need to present a consistent, cohesive identity. From your website, to your social media, to your signage, to your sales brochures, a consistent brand identity is key to elevating your brand experience.

Some brands elevate brand identity to an art (think Apple or Patagonia). While others struggle because they don’t know who they are or don’t know how to communicate it effectively. (Too many brands fall into this category.)

Regardless of where you fall on that spectrum, one thing is certain. If you want to be a competitive and successful company, crafting a strong brand identity is a must.

"People do not buy goods and services. They buy relations, stories and magic." —Seth Godin

What Does a Brand Identity Include?

When you create a brand identity, you’re basically building a toolbox of elements to help you communicate effectively with an audience. This can be basic or extensive; it all depends on your brand’s needs.

The components that make up a brand identity are:

  1. Brand Story - An audience focused narrative. It tells the story of a brand’s origin, mission, vision, values and goals. This will define an audience, and create an emotional connection that helps build a relationship. Authenticity is the key.
  2. Brand Personality - It’s the human characteristics and traits that consumers can relate to. It will enable consumers to identity with and creates a connection… they see themselves part of your brand.
  3. Brand Name - A great brand name sets the tone, is easy to pronounce, creates a positive image, last over time, and is protectable.
  4. Services and/or Products - A brand’s products or services are part of its identity. The key is figuring out your unique selling point.
  5. Competitor Analysis - Helps define an audience, helps position your brand by finding your competitive advantage and helps find out what not to do. Helps define what makes you different.
  6. Verbal Identity - Conveys your personality through words, helps set you apart from your competitors, and allows an audience to feel like they are always hearing one voice… consistency.
  7. Visual Identity - Logo, colors, typography, spacing, graphics, print elements, photography, illustration and digital elements.
  8. Regardless, every brand needs a basic visual identity, which includes three core elements:

Regardless, every brand needs a basic visual identity, which includes three core elements:

  • Logo
  • Color palette
  • Typography

Additional elements to express your visual identity across touchpoints, include:

  • Photography
  • Illustration
  • Iconography
  • Spacing, size and placement
  • Print elements (stationary, packaging, brochures etc.)
  • Digital elements (social media, website, etc.)

Your visual identity elements should be designed for your audience, personality, position and values.

You don’t need to design everything all at once. If you don’t have a ton of resources (or don’t know what your future needs will be), start with the basic logo, color, and typography. You can build out additional elements as needed.

What Makes  A Strong Logo?

While a logo is not your brand identity it is an important part of your visual identity. Having a logo doesn’t mean your identity is good or effective. Even if you design every element needed, it may not help you achieve your long-term goals. Always remember, a “logo is not communication. A logo is identification.”

A strong logo needs to work for everyone, both your internal team (brand ambassadors, content creators etc.) and the people who will interact with it (customers).

So, what makes a great logo?

Appropriate: A logo should be appropriate in it’s feeling. It doesn’t need to say a whole lot.

Simple & Timeless: Despite changing design trends, good logos remain effective and relevant, demonstrating its timeless appeal.

Distinctive & Memorable: It needs to be unique, stands out among competitors and catches people’s attention. It has to be unusual enough to persist in our mind.

Flexible and Scalable: It can adapt well across all platforms and sizes, maintaining its impact and legibility.

If you design an identity that doesn’t resonate with your target audience, or doesn’t truly reflect your brand, you will have wasted a lot of work.

"A logo is not communication. It's identification. It's the period at the end of the sentence. Not the sentence itself." —Sagi Haviv


So, How do you Create a Strong Brand Identity?

Now that you understand what brand identity is, and what makes a strong brand identity let’s take a look at how to create your new brand identity. Follow these steps to get started with your new brand identity.

Define Your Foundation

Before jumping into the steps detailed here, know that the visual aspect of your brand identity is not the first thing you should tackle when you’re building a brand; it’s actually the last thing. A brand is like a house; it should be built on a solid foundation.

First, you need to know who you are: What’s your personality? What do you care about? What do you do? How do you talk about what you do? These are the core elements of your brand that your visual identity will communicate. If you don’t have this foundation to build upon, you can’t design a visual identity that properly tells your brand story.

Action Plan:

Make sure you know your:  

Brand Heart: This is an articulation of your brand’s core principals (vision, mission/purpose and goals). Use your Core Identity in the toolkit.

Brand Name: Choose the right name. You really cannot design a logo without a name.

Brand Personality: Find the right words, voice, images and ways to describe the brand as vibrant as if was a person.

Messaging: Find your tagline, value proposition, and messaging pillars to ensure your visual identity communicates the right story to your audience.

You need to know why you’re going through this process at all. If you’re starting from scratch, it’s obvious. If you’re rebranding, make sure everyone on your team understands the challenges you’re facing with your current identity and what you’re hoping to achieve with a new one. It’s very important to establish these core brand elements.  

"Brand is not what you say it is. It's what they say it is." —Marty Neumeier

Assess Your Current Identity

Good branding is ultimately about good communication. To make sure your visual output aligns with your brand values, reflects your personality, and communicates your brand story, you need to have an intimate understanding of your brand.  

Start with a brand assessment to understand:

  • The current state of your brand’s identity
  • How that brand identity might be crafted or tweaked to align with your goals going forward

By taking a critical look at your brand, you can get the insights you need to build an identity that accurately communicates it.

Action Plan:

Use the Brand Audit Template in the toolkit, and follow the guide to assess your current brand identity. This is the first step to make sure you’re moving in the right direction. Download our Brand Identity Toolkit.

Competitor Analysis

Building a brand identity is all about differentiation: making your brand visible, relevant, and unique. It’s crucial to understand not just who your competition is but how your brand compares in terms of your visual presentation.

Through a competitor analysis, you can compare your brand to each competitor, and compare your competitors as a whole, which can surface some surprising insights. Take note of competitor weaknesses to gain market opportunities.

Action Plan:

Use the Competitor Analysis Template in the toolkit to assess your main 3 competitors.  

As you move through the process, pay attention to how your competitors present themselves in terms of common visual elements, trends, industry-specific visual themes, brand personalities, and positioning.

 "To be irreplaceable, one must always be different." —Coco Chanel

Establish a Visual Direction

Now that you’ve taken a critical look at both your current identity and your competitors’ identities, it’s time to get aligned on the direction you want to go.

Design can be incredibly subjective. Colors that convey power and strength to one person may be perceived totally differently by others. Even the vocabulary you use to describe your brand can be interpreted differently.

At this stage you aren’t ready to design yet; you first need to have important conversations and move through exercises that will help land on a shared vision for your identity.

  • What are the key brand traits you want to express through your visuals?
  • What type of visuals communicate these traits?
  • What do you want people to feel when they “see” your brand?  
Action Plan:

To prompt these conversations, it helps to conduct exercises to guide your conversation. Use the Brand Attributes Exercise in the toolkit to help identify the main brand attributes you want to convey. Download our Brand Identity Toolkit.

Write Your Design Brief

Once you’ve completed the previous steps, you have the information you need to start designing. Start with a creative brief that details the pertinent information you need to keep everyone on the same page—and ensure you create an identity that aligns to your brand goals and audience.

Action Plan:

Use the Design Brief Template in the toolkit. Don’t provide too much or too little info. Your brief should always inform, not overwhelm. Download our Brand Identity Toolkit.

Design Your Visual Identity

A visual identity is an intricate design system. Each element influences the other, but it starts with your logo. A strong logo captures the essence of your brand, helping you make your mark (literally) in the world. Remember, your logo mark is to identify, not to communicate.

Action Plan:

Go old-school here and bust out the pencil to free-sketch in black and white. You want to make sure that the core imagery is powerful enough to deliver the message on its own, without the enhancement of color. To start, work on loose shapes and complementary imagery to inspire your logo mark. Refer back to your foundation, audience and competitor discoveries to guide your design.

"The way a company brands itself is everything—it will ultimately decide whether a business survives." —Richard Branson

Color Palette

Once you have a solid logo, start to explore your color palette. Color plays a significant roll in differentiating your brand from competitors, and is vital for brand recognition.

Action Plan:

A good color palette is clean and flexible, supplying enough choices to be creative but not enough to overwhelm. This includes:

  • Primary color palette
  • Secondary color palette
  • Black and white usage
  • Color tints
  • Color pairings/combinations
  • Accent colors


Fonts influence your readers’ perception of your brand. This is why selecting brand typography that conveys your business’s personality and values is one of the key elements of visual branding. In fact, few things communicate the look and feel of a brand more clearly than the way letters, numbers, and symbols are put together. Typography should strike a balance between legibility and interest. Every visual element in your identity should contribute to a cohesive visual language, and thus each should complement the other. This is particularly true of typography, which should be informed by the shape of your logo.

Action Plan:

Every stage of design has its own unique challenges, but typography can be tricky in a visual language, especially when brands follow trends that are hot for a second but quickly become dated or appear unoriginal (serif vs. non-serif).

To keep it simple, limit the number of typefaces to 2-3. This generally includes primary and secondary brand typefaces for specific purposes, such as headers, body copy, hierarchy, text weights, UI typeface, etc.

Design Additional Elements

Every brand’s needs are different, so you may or may not need to design a comprehensive identity. Consider your brand’s future needs. If you are planning to experiment with different types of content, make sure you include those elements in your identity.

Photography Guidelines - Photography is one of the most important elements in our identity system. It not only showcases our designs, but the spaces they inhabit, the people that use them, and the processes that create them. It captures the story of our brand. It’s important to identify clear guidelines about the types of images (and visual treatments) that are and aren’t appropriate. This will ensure a consistent look and feel.

Illustration Guidelines - When it comes to illustration, you need a cohesive and uniform language. It is an important tool when photography either can’t be used or when needing a stronger or clearer point of view.

Infographics - Information graphics are a crucial component for showcasing more detailed information. Whether product details, data, or timelines, various styles of infographics can be used to help make communication clear.

Composition - Each element in our visual system is designed to work together and dial up or down as needed to meet any communication need. Composition principles determine how each piece can sit alongside one another to meet these needs. Can include spacing, size and placement.

Applications - Depending on the required brand collateral you need, you can create several template files for both print and digital. From business cards, stationary, packaging and social media to website design these templates will help craft a consistent brand identity.  

"When you brand yourself properly, the competition becomes irrelevant." —Dan Schawbel

Build Your Brand Style Guide

What is a brand style guide?

A brand style guide is the rulebook for everything you create, from what fonts to use to how logo treatments work with different color schemes. Whether you’re creating a business card, social media post, or developing an ad campaign, a style guide ensures your work is consistent with brand identity — both visually and in tone of voice.

The only thing more heartbreaking than a poorly designed brand identity is a beautifully designed identity that is never used or used incorrectly.

Why is a brand style guide important?

You want customers to recognize your brand no matter where they see it — on their phone, on TV, or on a billboard. The best brands use common visual elements and styles to increase brand recognition. A brand style guide is an essential tool to ensure your company produces consistent, cohesive work — especially if you work with freelancers or a marketing agency.

Action Plan:

Include clear, easy-to-follow guidelines for every part of the brand identity. Download our Brand Identity Toolkit.

What to Include in your style guide:

  • Articulate the Mission Statement - Core values, what sets your brand apart from competitors.
  • Explain the Name and Tagline -The tagline should be the first thing you want people to know — a quick expression of value, in the brand’s voice.
  • Identify the Voice and Tone - If your brand were a person how would it speak? It should reflect the intended audience and purpose of communication.
  • Introduce the Intended Audience - Describe the buyer personas that make up your customers, prospects, and referrals.
  • Describe the Visual Identity - Logo, color palette, typography, photography, infographics etc.

In the end, guidelines are just that—a guide. Always use your best judgment when creating materials and use this as a starting point.

Once completed, make sure guidelines are distributed to your team, stored in an easy-to-access place, and regularly updated.

Click links below to see samples of style guides:

"Design is the silent ambassador of your brand." —Paul Rand

How to Use Your New Brand Identity

Once you’ve created your brand identity, it’s time to implement it. This involves integrating your brand identity into all your brand touchpoints and communicating it to your audience.

Consistency is key when it comes to building a strong brand. You can’t toss your fresh brand identity into the world and expect people to know how to use it immediately. Designate a point person to answer any and all questions related to the brand application, and implement a system of quality control to preserve your brand integrity at every touchpoint.

If you’re feeling overwhelmed or don’t have the resources to take on the project yourself, consider bringing in some expert help. Download our Brand Identity Toolkit as a guide to designing your new brand identity.

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Why Build a Personal Brand

Your personal brand is critical to building an identity that helps advance your career and life… especially in Orange County, CA. What is the best way to build a strong personal brand? Be strategic, find a niche with your interests, and stay consistent.

What is a personal brand?

Most people think of businesses when they think of a brand, all individuals also have a brand. Think of it as what people say and think about you. It encapsulates your talents as well as who you are, and it’s how you can differentiate yourself from others.Your brand is both what you stand for, and what you do.

So how does one create the perfect personal brand? The best personal brands are unique, authentic, and trustworthy. They build a strong reputation about you that can help you personally and professionally.

Here are a few tips:

  • Be confident - You must be able to believe in your own abilities.
  • Find out who YOU want to be - It's always good to have goals for yourself
  • Be consistent. People like consistency. You want your brand to be something people can rely on.
  • Know your audience - Always know who you're talking to
  • Set goals and stick with them - Before you start, figure out what you want.
  • Be yourself - People will be able to determine if your are being real or are trying too hard, especially in social media platforms.
  • Be happy! - If you're not happy with what you're doing nobody else will be either.

Why Should You Build A Personal Brand?

A personal brand is the best way to stand out in a crowded marketplace. With so many people vying for attention, your personal brand can help you get noticed and land opportunities that are right for you. It’s not just about what you say—it’s also about how you look online.

The best personal brands are unique, authentic, and trustworthy. They build a strong reputation about you that can help you personally and professionally.

Steps to Build Your Personal Brand

Step 1: Figure out who you are and what you want to accomplish

You want your personal brand to be an honest reflection of who you are, what skills you possess, and what your aspirations are. Think about which aspects of yourself you value most or enjoy the most. Then figure out where your talents lie. Write down everything that comes to mind without censoring yourself.

Start by asking yourself:

  • What drives me?
  • In what areas do I excel?
  • What work fuels me?
  • What settings do I work best in?
  • What industries do I find interesting?
  • Where do I want to be at the end of my career?
  • What impact do I want to have

Even if the answers to these questions changeover time, that’s okay. Your personal brand evolves as you do, so it’s critical that you be honest now and accept that your image may change over time. If you aren’t sure how to answer these questions, ask friends, coworkers, and family. They see you in a way you can’t see yourself, and it can help you build a more holistic image of yourself. Once you’re aware of these different parts of yourself, you can begin crafting an image that aligns with it and helps get you where you want to go. What drives me?

Step 2: Determine your unique value proposition

Leveraging your differences is critical for brand-building. If you’re similar to everyone else out there, your personal brand won’t be very personal. Those who stand out are remembered. That’s where your unique value proposition comes into play. It is a short statement that encapsulates what you uniquely offer that no one else does. When it comes to defining your unique value proposition, there are two steps you should take:

  • Understand your strengths. Ask yourself where you’ve excelled in the past. Consider what compliments others give you and what they deem to be your talents. Determining what you do better than most anyone else lays the foundation for your unique value proposition.
  • Talk about these strengths. By taking stock of your strengths, you can build your brand around them. Share your expertise and highlight your achievements. All of this builds credibility and establishes trust, so if an employer is considering you or if you’re looking to land a client, they can tell through your brand that you’re the best person to bring on board. 

Step 3: Define your audience

It’s critical not to make the mistake of trying to appeal to the masses, but important to define your niche and then work to appeal to your target audience.

If you’re launching a business, your personal niche should be well-aligned with your business. If you want to build a brand to further your career, your niche should be in a specific area of your work.

To determine your niche, start with a broad category that interests you, such as sales, marketing, or finance. From there, narrow down the list at least three times:

The first is incredibly broad and encompasses so many different subjects that it will be really difficult to set yourself apart. The second provides with you a well-defined service that you offer to a well-defined audience. It’s much easier to be an expert in a small niche than a massive one.

Here are some benefits of niche marketing:

  • Less competition.
  • Targeted expertise.
  • Improved customer relations.

Step 4: Create a personal website and social profiles

Create your personal website

If you don’t have one, it’s time to make one. There are website builders out there, or you may want to consider hiring someone to build a custom site for you. We can help you build a unique personal website to start building your brand.

Your personal website should include the following:

  • About you (interests, education, aspirations)
  • Past experiences and relevant accomplishments
  • Links to your socials
  • Value proposition
  • Professional logo and/or professional headshot.
  • Testimonials
  • Clear calls-to-action

Social media

These are the main platforms that people use for personal branding: LinkedIn,Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. While it’s vital that these platforms align to tell a cohesive message, you may want to consider focusing on one to start.

LinkedIn- LinkedIn has transformed into a legitimate“social” media platform, rather than just a copy of your resume.

Twitter- Follow leaders in your desired niche, comment thoughtfully on their posts, retweet them, and begin tweeting insightful thoughts of your own. Jump onto relevant hashtags where you can.

Facebook- High-engagement is imperative when it comes to Facebook. It is important to focus on quality over quantity, otherwise your posts can easily get lost in the noise. Consider incorporating tactics like live-streaming into your strategy.

Instagram- Instagram branding should be a priority. Instagram is particularly relevant and powerful for scaling personal brands. It's the best place to show your best self to the world.

Focusing on your niche, using relevant hashtags, and most of all, staying consistent is the most critical key to success.The more meaningful conservations you have with those in you niche, the more visibility you’ll get.

Step 5: Develop your content strategy

Many people think giving away free content is a mistake. If you give it all away, why would people hire you or pay you?

It’s actually the opposite. Providing valuable, genuinely helpful free content proves that you know what you’re talking about.It showcases your expertise. Ifthe free advice works, imagine what paying you would do?

Make sure all content you post genuinely helpful and insightful. You want to be known as a trusted authority.

Research on what subjects within your niche are generating buzz. You can then jump on trends relevant to your niche to make sure you’re in the conversation.

Coverall types of content. Posting only video or only text gets stale quickly. Share different types of content across all platforms. These content types include:

  •  Podcasts
  • Online courses
  • Infographics
  • Text
  • Video
  • Slideshows
  • Webinbars

You can share this content on the many platforms available, including:

  • Personal blog/website
  • Other blogs and online publications
  • Email list
  • Podcast directories
  • Tiktok/Reels
  • Youtube
  • ·Reddit
  • LinkedIn groups
  • And more….

Sharing a variety of content across multiple platforms increases your visibility and helps you build your brand more quickly.

Step 6: Constantly add value to your audience

Now’s the time to emphasize the importance of adding value to your audience. Making content that’s insightful, engaging, and that truly helps your audience is a key.

Don’t settle for fluff or trite advice.Provide your audience with content that will make a real difference, and give them value.

Step 7: Build a community

While amassing a following may seem impressive, it doesn’t do anything if nobody engages with you. Building a community means creating a place where people talk with you and each other, getting to know one another and helping each other out.

If you’re looking to generate business, this is an excellent way to differentiate yourself. If you simply want your name out there to advance your career, this helps.

To start building a community, consider these strategies:

  • Facebook and LinkedIn groups. These allow people to start threads on relevant topics and talk among themselves. You can chime in as often as you want to spark conversations.
  • Meetups. It’s hard to overestimate the value of meeting with people face-to-face. These meetings can be one-on-one, or you can host large gatherings of people to come together, share, and learn.
  • Webinars. Webinars allow you to gather people together for a shared learning experience. This is an opportunity for you to meet your audience, share your expertise, and continue developing yourself personally.


While building a personal brand is a lot of work, the payoff is enormous when done correctly. Personal brand sallow you to build a network of professionals who see your worth and think of you first when new opportunities arise.

Whether you’re looking to generate business, accelerate your career, or never job hunt again, a personal brand can get you there.

If you’re ready to start building your personal brand lets start with a unique personal website. The sooner you start developing your brand, the better!Personal branding will be a key skill that can help you get better jobs or promotions at work, and grow your business so it's important to start as soon as you can. MY Design Group specializes in creating personal brands.

MYDG Studio is a web design and brand company located in Huntington Beach, CA, and serving all of Orange County, CA. We love working with local clients. If you need help with a website, personal brand, branding or marketing collateral, contact us for a free consultation.

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Personal vs. Corporate Branding

Personal branding is the way you represent yourself to the world—the good, the bad, and everything in between. It’s what people think when they hear your name, what pops up onGoogle when someone searches for you. But what does this have to do with corporate branding? The two go hand-in-hand because they are both used asa form of marketing.

How Brands use Personal Branding toMarket Themselves

Oneway brands use personal branding to market themselves is through the use of celebrity endorsements. Brands might pay celebrities to promote their production social media or in an ad. This can make a huge difference in sales, and it' show some major corporations like Nike and Pepsi stay competitive with smaller brands like Lululemon and New Balance.

Another type of personal branding is using someone to model your product in advertisements. For example, H&M might use Beyonce to advertise their clothing line because the association with her will make their clothes seem more popular or trendy. Celebrities are also models for many products that are not fashion related, so it's important to be aware of celebrities who might be seen as having good personal branding.

Personal branding is also important for your career because it helps you to become more well-known in the work place, which can help you get better jobs or promotions.If you're able to go into an interview and say that you were recently interviewed by a major publication, they're going to be interested in hiring you. Another way to use personal branding to your advantage is by writing a book, or blog posts— it might not become a best seller, but if you have a lot of social media followers or people who follow you on LinkedIn, publishing a book is going to give an immediate boost to your professional reputation.

Why Personal Branding Matters for Your Career

Personal branding has become a key skill for any professional because it can be used to market yourself to prospective employers or clients. If you're applying for a job, having an updated resume, portfolio, and cover letter are essential. But the next step is to make sure you have a strong personal brand if you want to get hired. The way you dress, speak, interact with people in interviews, and express yourself on social media are all part of your personal brand.

Tips for Personal Branding

Here are some tips on how to build your personal brand:

  • Set goals and write them down. What type of career do you want? Where do you want to work? By setting goals, you can keep track of your progress in     achieving your ideal job.
  • Study your competitors.
  • Work on your self-confidence.
  • Work on your online presence.
  • Get a personal website.

Examples of famous people who have strong personal brands

OprahWinfrey has an undeniable personal brand that's powerful. She's recognized as one of the most high-profile celebrities in the world and is worth $2.8 billion dollars. DonaldTrump is also well known for his personal brand, but with less positive results—he was elected President of the United States in 2016 despite his lack of experience in politics or government.

Corporate branding is different because it's used by businesses to market their product or service. For example, Disney uses cartoons to produce movies that are suitable for kids of all ages. This brand is also associated with theme parks, parades, music, and television shows. The way people dress during Halloween has become an extension of the Disney brand.

The difference between personal branding and corporate branding is that the former focuses on an individual while the latter focuses on a company. For example, when Apple releases a new product, they make sure that it matches their brandname and reputation to ensure people trust their products. Apple products are also similar in design which helps to give them a distinct identity.

Corporate branding is important for companies, but personal branding can have a huge impact on an individual's career. For example, “The Bachelor” television show uses the same formula every season because it works—people watch to see who gets engaged or if there will be one big scandal. The contestants are also carefully selected based on their personal brands.


Personal branding is all about how you represent yourself to the world—the good, the bad, and everything in between. Personal branding can be used across different platforms including social media networks like LinkedIn or Twitter. Personal brands are essential for any professional because it's a key skill that can increase their chances of getting hired by prospective employers or clients.Personal brands also help people get better jobs or promotions at work while corporate branding helps companies market themselves. If your personal brand doesn't match up with what the company wants, then don’t bother applying!Personal branding may seem intimidating but it can be learned through practice and patience. It will take time before you see major results from developing your own personal brand; however, if you're willing to put in the work, you'll be glad that you did.Personal branding can help you stand out from the crowd and show people who you really are.

The sooner you start developing your personal brand, the better! Personal branding will be a key skill that can help you get better jobs or promotions at work, so it's important to start as soon as you can. MY Design Group specializes in creating personal brands. We can help you start with a personal website.

MYDG Studio is a web design and branding company located in Orange County, CA.We love working with local businesses, and seeing them grow. If you need help with a website, branding or marketing collateral, let’s talk.

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Tips for Content Writing and SEO

Creating quality content that will drive organic traffic to your website can be a challenge. Many small business owners may be able write decent content, but they often fail at writing content that delivers results in a Search. This is the primary objective of SEO (Search Engine Optimization). You must have quality content that has value and attracts new clients. Search engines, likeGoogle, constantly update their algorithms, so you'll need to keep up with the latest SEO techniques. Read on for tips on quality content writing and SEO.

Choose the right keywords

Keyword research is the fundamental first step in all SEO. Good keywords not only help your site rank higher on search engines, but they also provide the business owner with valuable information. Thinking about all the words your potential customers might search to find your product or service is a good place to start. Each article you write should have one main keyword or keyword phrase, and 5-10 additional keywords that are closely related to your primary keyword.One common mistake by business owners is using technical terms rather than common terms for their products, or services. It’s important to research related keywords, and find ones that are commonly used by your potential customers.

Identify search intent

When someone does a Google search, they have something specific in mind they want to accomplish. Google spends a great deal of time creating algorithms to refine the search process, and fulfill the user's intent. To get the most out of SEO, you need to understand the distinct types of search intent. These include:

  • Informational: When a user is searching for information on a topic, they often include words such as, "how to," "best," and “tutorial.”
  • Navigational: Sometimes the user is looking for a specific web page or site. They will use words that are the actual name of the business, or product.
  • Commercial: When someone is researching a potential purchase they will include search terms such as, "review" or "least expensive."
  • Transactional: Users will perform searches when they are ready to make a purchase. These users will enter terms such as,  "buy," "coupon," or "price."

Examining the search intent that will drive the most traffic to your site is another essential part of SEO.

Create an optimized meta title

The meta title does not need to be the same as the page title, but both should include your main keyword. Your meta title shows up on the search page, while your H1 page header is on the page itself. This is why the meta title is so important for SEO. Consider the following when creating a optimized meta title:

  • Give each page its own unique title.
  • Tailor the title to the user's intent.
  • Be sure to include your primary keyword.

Create an optimized meta description

The meta description is what users will see directly under the meta title on the search page. Don't make the mistake of leaving this out. A meta description that is optimized for SEO can give you an edge over your competitors.

  • Each page on your site should have a unique, accurate, and specific meta description.
  • Remember to include your keyword in the meta description.
  • Keep it to 140-160 words.
  • Include a call to action.
  • Your meta description doesn’t need to be in sentence format.

A good meta description can be one of the most important things that users see when conducting a search. It has to be enough to convince the user to visit your website page.

Be creative with your H1 titles

Each page on your site should have exactly one H1 tag. Here are some tips for how to make the best H1 for your article:

  • Use a  unique H1 for each page on your site.
  • Remember to describe the content in your H1.    

Your content must be well written and organized

Creating good structure to your articles is essential for quality content and SEO.Articles with H2 and H3 tags perform better in searches. Some ways to ensure your content meets these criteria are:

  • Create lengthy content when necessary, and provide an outline at the top of the page for longer articles.
  • Use H2 and H3 tags to make your content more readable.
  • Keep each paragraph to one main idea and break up long sentences.
  • Include a list in your article to generate more search volume and encourage quick reads.
  • Bullet points and numbered lists enhance readability and understanding.
  • Use a bold fonts, italics, or both to highlight key points.
  • Answer the questions users searched for on your topic.

Create a descriptive URL for each page

TheURL of your page can help a user decide whether your article will have the information they are looking for. It is important to create URL's that provide this information in a simple, readable format. When creating URL's, separate the words with hyphens. Use lower case letters and make it as short as possible. Include your main keyword and be sure to describe the page.

Include photos, videos, or other visual content

Readers will remember much more from your article if you include visual content. Adding visual content to your page will not only enhance the article's readability, it will also increase the likelihood of the content being shared on other sites.This creates valuable backlinks to your site. Engaging videos keep a visitor on your site longer, which Google tracks. To optimize your visual content, be sure to:

  • Resize and optimize your images so the site loads quickly.
  • Give your photos descriptive file names.
  • Use visual elements to attract and engage your visitors.
  • Create alt text tags that accurately describe your images.

Include internal links

Internal linking is when the pages of your site link to one another. This helps search engines find your content, and also gives credibility to your pages which can improve search engine ranking.

Using these tips will help you optimize your content, and put you on the right path for higher search engine rankings. This is a lot for a small business to take on by themselves. To find out more about our website design services, and seo services contact MY Design Group, located in Orange County, CA. We offer affordable custom website design and SEO to suit any budget.

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Logo Design vs. Branding

Do you know the difference? MYDG Studio designs logos and develops brands, but what's the difference? There is a general perception that “logo design” and “branding” are the same thing. Sometimes these two terms are even used as synonyms. However, although they are closely related and must work together in a cohesive way, but they area very different process. Logo design is the process of designing a logo. And branding the process to build a brand. Therefore, to better understand the difference between logo design and branding, it is important to first define the concepts of a logo and a brand.

What is a Logo?

A logo is an easily recognizable graphic symbol that identifies a company, a commercial product, or any public or private entity. It is one of the ways to distinguish a brand in a competitive world, full of graphic elements that try to attract our attention every day. A logo is generally a combination of typographies, graphics/symbols, and colors. It is a graphic element that is part of the visual identity of a brand.

What is a brand?

A brand is the idea or image people have in mind when thinking about specific products, services, and activities of a company, both in a practical and emotional way. This combination of physical and emotional cues is triggered when exposed to all the touch points between a person and a specific brand.These can be the brand name, logo, products, visual identity, staff, or advertising – amongst others.

What’s the difference?

Logo design is the process of designing a logo.

Branding is the process of building a brand. To be more specific, it is a strategy designed by companies to help people to quickly identify their products and organization, and give them a reason to choose their products over the competition.A branding strategy clarifies what a particular brand is and is not.

Branding can be done through the use of different tools. Some elements that are used in a branding strategy are:

  • Brand definition: purpose, values, promise
  • Brand positioning statement
  • Brand identity: name, tone of voice, visual identity design, which includes the logo design.
  • Advertising and communications: TV, radio, magazines, outdoor ads, website, mobile apps…
  • Sponsoring and partnerships
  • Product and packaging design
  • In-store experience
  • Workspace experience and management style
  • Customer service
  • Pricing strategy

Logo design is one of the tools used to design the visual identity of a brand.

Why is the logo so important for branding purposes?

Although a logo is only one of the elements of branding, it will most likely appear on the majority of touch points with customers and other stakeholders, such as the website, brochures, stationery, product, packaging, ads, uniforms, stores, and so on.

“Your brand is what other people say about you when you’re not in the room.” — Jeff Bezos CEO/Founder Amazon

A logo can therefore be considered as one of the main graphic elements that allow people to quickly identify an organization, its products, and services. And quite often, it will be the first thing people will use to identify you.

Here is why a well-designed logo is so important:

  1. A well-designed logo allows people to quickly identify and recall your brand
        A logo is one of the main points of identification for your clients. It will help them to detect your brand in a few seconds, across different channels and touch points.
  2. It creates consistency over different communication channels
        In today’s world, businesses and organizations exist on various platforms, including websites, blogs, social media, events, leaflets, brochures, business cards, etc. Having a multipurpose logo will allow you to appropriately represent your brand in a consistent way across all different communication channels.
  3. It is part of your brand identity
        The logo of your brand or organization will be part of your (visual) brand identity. This is very important because it will be one of the main tools to graphically reflect your brand name, values, and personality to the rest of the people you communicate with.
  4. It fosters a professional image and raises expectations
        People expect a brand to have a professional look, starting with its logo. A good logo design made by an expert designer will make your brand stand out, but also look more reliable and trustworthy. Hiring a logo designer will increase your chances to have a logo that is unique, innovative, and reflecting your brand’s identity.
  5. It will distinguish your brand from the competition
        Brands can play with logo design to differentiate themselves from the competition. The use of different colors, shapes, styles, and typographies for the logo design are a great way to show what your brand is and is notas compared to the competitors. A relevant logo design will also help people recall the brand within the industry.
  6. It can facilitate an emotional connection with your clients and boost brand loyalty
        People should instantly connect with your brand when they see your logo. A good logo design will help enhance people’s memory of your business and how it makes them feel. If the feeling is positive, whether the person is a potential client, employee or provider, the logo will contribute to their emotional connection with the brand, amongst the other elements of your branding strategy.

MYDG Studio is a graphic design studio located in Huntington Beach, CA, but serving all of Orange County. We can help you grow your business by developing a brand strategy… let's start with a memorable logo design. Contact us for aFREE consultation.

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How Much Does a Logo Design Cost?

This is one of the most frequent questions we receive. But, trying to answer this question without specific details is very difficult to answer. Here is a breakdown of what we believe to the the value of good logo design in Orange County,CA.

So the next question I usually get is, “What’s the ballpark cost for designing a logo?” This depends, as every project is unique. The cost of a logo is going to be different depending on the requirements, the size of the business, and much more. A huge international company has much different needs than a small local business. For this reason, I have clients fill out a branding and design questionnaire before starting any project.

So, how much does logo design cost?

The cost of a professional logo design depends on who you decide to work with.There is no average logo design cost, and no set logo design price.

But, to answering the question, here are some logo design price ranges. These are just “ballpark” figures:

Budget Logo Design Costs:

  • DIY /  Logo makers: $0 – $50
  • Logo template: $5 – $100
  • Logo Contests / Crowdsourcing: $50 – $500

Mid-Range Logo Design Costs:

  • Offshore Designer: $100 – $250
  • Beginner Freelancer: $100 – $1000
  • Experienced Freelancer: $1000 – $5,000
  • Renowned Freelancer:  $5000 – $15,000
  • Small Design Studio: $5000 – $30,000
  • Mid-Sized Agency: $5000 – $50,000+

High-End Logo Design Costs:

  • Branding Agency: $50,000 – $100,000  (generally includes strategy & global brand identity)
  • Renowned Branding Agency: $100,000 – $1,000,000 + (generally includes strategy & global brand identity)
  • World Famous Designer: $100,000 – $1,000,000+

Why is logo design so valuable?

To understand the value of quality logo design you must understand three things:

  • What is a logo?
  • The Benefits of a quality professional logo.
  • The process of logo design.

This will help you to appreciate the value of a quality logo design. 

What is a logo?

A logo is a graphic symbol that is used to identify a company, product or service. It’s usable across a multitude of platforms and is completely unique.It stands out among competitors.

The Benefits of a QualityProfessional Logo Design

There are many benefits to having a high-quality logo for your business. When you decide that you want to start a business, you want to do everything you can, to give it a strong chance of being successful.

The right logo can be beneficial towards that goal for these reasons:

Brand Recognition

Make a great first impression. Our memories tend to work in a way where we remember an image first and then a name, which explains why we can remember someone’s face but not their name. Having a strong logo that stands out is essential to making sure you stand out from your competitors. The best logos stay in the memory banks of people, and can help create repeat business.


A logo can provide a sense of uniformity and also make a huge impact on the reputation of your brand. A timeless and classic logo will provide your business with brand authenticity and can make your business look trustworthy, reliable, and professional even if you’ve only been in business a short time.


The logo for your business should be able to reveal the essence of your brand. It gives your business an identity. A design that represents your business is vital to customers being able to know what you do. The design should be representative of the brand as a whole.

Beating Your Competition

If you look at almost any marketplace, the number of different brands can be staggering. This is why a high-quality logo can help you stand out in a crowded marketplace. With online marketing becoming more important as well as effective, a visually impressive logo that sits well on your site, social media, and marketing materials will make a huge difference in your business’ professionalism and advertising capabilities.

The logo design design process

When you decide that it’s time for you to have a logo designed for your business, you will have many options to choose from. The biggest difference between the options, other than cost, is the process that the graphic designer goes through when creating your logo. This process ensures that the logo can stand the test of time, and is aligned with your business goals.

This is our design process:

Kickoff Meeting

Meet with client for further briefing on the project to discuss timing and the next steps. This meeting provides an opportunity to share insights, ideas and perspectives.


I will learn everything I can about your business. I want to know your positioning, strategies and challenges. I need to know who your competitors are, and what your goals are. Before we begin the creative development it is important for meto immerse myself in your business until I understand the whole picture.

Creative Development

Now that I know your business I can start with the creative development. Based on your goals, branding, and the desired outcome, I will develop a broad range of design candidates. I will refine these concepts and begin developing the artwork.

Mechanical Artwork

I am proficient in the Adobe Creative Suite® that assists in creating the design concepts. I'll work on the Mechanical Artwork until it's presentable. The agreed upon number of design pathways will be presented.


I will present the design pathways by providing you with high-quality digital files. My thinking and objectives behind the designs will be explained in detail. From this presentation, you will choose a design pathway you want to move forward with, and develop.


I will then develop the chosen pathway until it meets all of the client’s needs and expectations. The client will be provided with quality digital presentations of each mechanical for the chosen design pathway approval.

Final Production

Based on the chosen design and any modifications, we will refine the final production artwork. After all revisions are made and the project has final approval, the mechanical artwork will be prepped for print, or online publishing.

Take it Public

Whether it's a digital or print design I'm ready to deliver the final project. By now all the plans for distributing the product should be in place. All efforts have led to this moment of unveiling. The end result is another happy client.

Let’s look at Logo Design Costs Again

You can put the costs of logo design into 3 categories: budget, mid-range and high-end.

The Budget Logo ($) $0 - $500

These budget options are mostly for those people who may just be starting out and not have the capital they need yet to have a logo designed professionally. If you’re serious about your business, you need to spend some time developing a budget for your business plan so you can afford a quality logo, because these routes may actually do more harm than good. You’ll generally get some clip art from an inexperienced designer.

Free Logo Maker (avoid!)

The cheapest logo you’ll ever use is the one you make yourself. If you have some graphic design ability, you may be able to use one of these sites to create a suitable logo, but I recommend leaving designing to a professional. These sites limit what you can do, with generic icons and fonts.

Cheap Freelance Sites (avoid!)

Sites such UpWork and Fiverr offer graphic design services at an approved to price point. You’re mostly working with ‘offshore designers’ or hobbyists. You post the job, explain the parameters of what you are looking for and hope for the best. While there may be some quality designers on these sites, the designs are notorious for being plagiarized, so be careful. If you’re paying $20 for a logo, how much time are they actually investing in your project?

Logo Contests (avoid!)

A logo contest is where you let different designers know what you are looking for and many designers present mockups of the logo for you to choose. Only one winner is awarded a “prize”. For this reason, the quality is extremely low.These “designers” do not invest time into the project and often plagiarize to cut corners.

Mid-Range Logo Design ($$)

This is typically where most small to mid-sized business owners should be looking for a quality logo design. If you do the proper research, you’ll get good quality work and it won’t destroy your budget.

Freelance designer

Building a relationship with your designer is a great way to ensure you get what you need and there’s no better way to do this than by working directly with a freelancer. With freelance though, the amount of experience can affect the cost and quality of the work. You must vet their portfolio and testimonials before making a decision.

  • Beginner Freelancer: $100 – $1000
  • Experienced Freelancer: $1000 – $5,000
  • Renowned Freelancer: $5000 – $15,000+
Small design studio

As mall design studio keeps things tight, which means you can utilize a smalls election of designers at an effective price point. You generally work with a point of contact vs. directly with the designers.

Price scan range from $5000 – $30,000+

Mid-sized agency

Amid-sized agencies have quality work, but it comes with more overhead, as they need to hire managers, creative directors, and multiple designers to work on the project.

Prices can range from $5000 – $50,000+

High-End Logo Design ($$$)

Logo creation that is priced in this range, generally provide their clients with much more than just a logo. They are more of an encapsulation of your brand asa whole and will provide a much more extensive process than any other option.


You’ll get a quality logo created for your business, but with an agency, they will conduct in-depth market research and competitor analysis to determine how yourbrand can stand out in the market. You’ll have creative teams work on yourproject from every angle, ensuring success at a sometimes, very high price point.

  • Branding Agency $50,000 – $100,000+
  • Renown Branding Agency $100,000 – $1,000,000+

Large international branding projects often go into the multi-millions.

What if I can’t afford professional logo design?

Design is an investment and it will pay off for many years to come. If you can’t afford a professional logo design right away, consider these options:

  • Save your money.
  • Apply for funding.
  • Invest more of your own time into the business. Define your brand vision, mission, story, and strategy – then go to your freelancer with something, rather than relying on them for all of the answers.
  • Barter – Swap your product or service for branding services.
  • Ask your designer if they accept payment options.

“If you think good design is expensive, you should see the cost of bad design.”

Tips for a successful logo design

Like any industry, there are scam artists out there and they can hurt the rest of those trying to do things the right way and provide a valuable service.

This can make some wary of working with a quality freelance graphic designer, thinking that they will take the money and run, or worse, provide plagiarized work.

To avoid getting ripped off, here are some easy tips to remember:

Stay off bargain freelancer sites

They may seem like a good option at an incredibly cheap rate and there is a reason why. A $5 logo is not going to be worth the headache and in many cases, could be a plagiarized copy.

Do a reverse image search

This is a good way to steer clear of people stealing designs and search engines are able to see the contents of graphics and and match it from the internet.

Reach out to previous clients

Who your designer has worked with in the past can tell you a lot about their work and expertise.

How to choose a logo designer

These are a few things you should take into account when choosing a logo designer.

  • A strong portfolio
  • Proven success and experience
  • Positive testimonials
  • A thorough design process
  • Awards and published work
  • Price reflective of value
  • Design affiliations
  • Great customer service
  • Business  professionalism
  • Appropriate questions being asked

Your logo is not your brand… Your logo is just the tip of the iceberg. Contact us to take your logo and brand to the next level.

MYDG Studiois a graphic design studio based in Huntington Beach, CA, and serving all of Orange County, CA. We focus on helping you grow your business by developing a brand strategy. We can start by designing a memorable logo.

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Why You Should Use Webflow

Before you build your new website, it’s important to research different web platforms to learn what platform is going to be the best for your business. Each website builder has its own strengths, but some platforms have more strengths than others. We prefer Webflow for creating custom, high-performance websites for small businesses. Below are a few reasons why we have focused on becoming Webflow experts located in Orange County, CA.

Total Customization

One of the primary reasons that we like to use Webflow is because we have total design control. Every site we create is built from a completely blank canvas.No templates. No themes. 100% custom. This is important because your business is unique, and so your website should be unique too! Webflow doesn’t require a theme or template, and I’m able to create a completely custom solution to fit your business needs. This level of customization also allows us to build a fully branded website that showcases your products or services exactly as you want.

Content Management System (CMS)

Webflow’s Content Management System (CMS) is awesome. Apart from the CMS back-end, there’s the Webflow Editor, which allows easily adding new content, or revising content on a published website. This is useful both to the creators of the website and their collaborators, as well as to their clients. What this means is that you get a fully functional website with both editable static pages and dynamic content like blog posts, portfolio projects, etc, without the need to install any plugins. Webflow’s CMS is much more flexible and diverse than that of WordPress, or popular site builders like Squarespace or Wix. Making revisions to your site has never been easier.

No Need For Plug-Ins

While a lot of other website building platforms require plugins for added functionality, Webflow is an all-inclusive platform. With Webflow, you won’t be bothered or worried about plugins being outdated and needing updates.Sometimes, when plugins aren’t updated, they can cause functionality problems on the website without you even knowing. Plus, adding a ton of plugins to your site can actually reduce the site speed and overall user experience.

Fully Responsive Website

The majority of web traffic is coming from mobile devices so having a sleek and mobile-friendly website is crucial. In fact, 52.9% of all web traffic is mobile.

Webflow not only makes it easy to create a beautiful mobile site, but you can also create a custom view for tablets and oversized monitors. This means that no matter how your customers are learning about your business, you can give the man amazing experience that fits their devices. You get a fully responsive website that looks and functions great on all devices.

Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

Webflow gives you quick and easy access to all the on-page SEO settings you need. And backs that up with clean, bloat-free code, massively simplified mobile-friendly design, and free SSL for everyone. And for CMS content, meta titles and descriptions are automatically created, based on fields you create and define.All Webflow hosting plans include advanced SEO controls and the sites developed with Webflow are all SEO friendly.

Ultra-Fast Hosting And EASY Updates

One of the most common questions I get asked is, “What hosting do you use?” Webflow makes hosting super easy. Webflow site hosting plans include Tier 1 Cloud front Hosting, which is the same hosting that big companies like Adobe, Amazon,Dropbox, and MTV use.

One of the nice things about using Webflow’s native hosting is that you won’t need to export any code when making updates. With some platforms, you actually needto export the code and have the website code hosted elsewhere. It’s a true all-in-one platform.

There are several advantages to Webflow Hosting that can really make a difference for your website’s performance:

  • Since it is based on the distributed infrastructures on some of the largest cloud providers in the world (Amazon Cloud front and Fastly), it can scale seamlessly with your traffic demands, removing the need to manually upgrade your hosting server.
  • A built-in content delivery network (CDN) at no additional cost ensures that your website gets served from the node that is geographically close to your visitors, no matter where they are located.
  • The advanced distributed infrastructure means fast loading times and close to 100% uptime for your website, regardless of traffic spikes or even malicious attacks.
  • A built-in SSL (secure sockets layer) certificate at no additional cost ensures that your website complies with the modern security standards out of the box – no setup or prolongation required.

Webflow eCommerce

On of the most recent additions to Webflow is the eCommerce version, which brings full online shopping capabilities to the platform. It offers all the essentials for projects which sell things online – including product and inventory management, custom carts, checkout, and other endpoints, full control over customer emails, as well as self-hosted checkout. The main value of Webflow eCommerce is the ability to fully customize your online store’s every detail, from product grids and payment pages to how the purchase notifications look like. This can be contrasted with the current state of affairs in thee-commerce website building software like Shopify, Wix, or even the WooCommerce+ WordPress bundle, where one needs to exert considerable effort, and be skilled in coding to achieve such control.

If you are thinking about upgrading, or designing a new website, Webflow is great option. We are Webflow experts, and offer custom website design, site migration and SEO. If you have any questions about a custom website design, get in touch with us today.

MYDG Studio are Webflow experts located in Orange County, CA. We focus on website design and branding, but tackle all kinds of creative assignments.