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Your brand is what you’re known for or your identity. Good branding is the act of becoming known for something that you do, above any other competitor. As an individual artist it is very likely that you don’t have an established brand like large companies do—which means if you want to gain customers, you must create a brand of your own.
To create an effective brand you must first define the type of customer you have. Second, you should create and refine your brand to as simple an item or phrase as possible, and third, you have to promote your brand constantly.
Assuming you already know your customers, or who you’re trying to appeal to, let’s talk about the second phase: creating and refining your brand.
1. Define your key core competency or best thing you offer
Take some time, sit down and really apply yourself to defining the single best thing that you do. Often this will be what people already mention when they discuss you or your art—after all, it’s what you’re good at.
Other times, what makes you unique is the reason you create your art, or the life experiences you’ve had which have shaped you as an artist. There is no wrong answer. Simply find that unique element that is you and move on to step two.
2. Create a key phrase built around your core competency
There will probably be many ways to describe yourself and your unique abilities, but remember that a key phrase should be short and very concise. Work towards that.
Don’t ever use ambiguous statements like “The low priced leader.” Of what exactly? For whom? Compared to whom? Do you see the problem?
Look around and see what statements are being used by other artists and learn from them. Learn from their mistakes or successes, and then when you create your own key phrase, be different!
3. Draft a symbol or logo to reinforce the message visually
Sometimes having a symbol or visual identity to go along with your branding statement can be very effective. . . but it isn’t always necessary. However, if you feel the need for a logo to reinforce your key statement, then create one, or perhaps adapt one.
What I mean by “adapt one” is that logos are often created simply by consistently using a unique font. Stick with one type-face every time you use your statement, and that will become the symbol you are known for.
For example, the old UPS label wasn’t fancy at all, but through simplicity and repeated use, it became widely recognizable.
Perhaps your hand-written signature is the symbology you’re looking for. Is it a strong, recognizable mark? Does it reflect the rest of your art? Norman Rockwell used his signature as a logo. . . could you do the same?
We can personalize tshirts, hats, cups, plates, calendars, keychains, posters, stickers, coasters with your custom logo.
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