April 18, 2012

branding // image collages + brand boards


All images via pinterest and properly credited on their respective boards
I've got a couple changes planned in the next few weeks that I'm preeetty excited about. They involve a couple turning points, crazy (exciting) opportunities, and a new outlook + purpose. Part of that also includes a rebrand, and I thought it would be fun to share my brand board with you all! I've never taken the time to really brand myself, so it's proved a frustrating, difficult, but overall enjoyable challenge. It's easy for me to connect with my clients, but figuring out my own brand is something that I've struggled with, simply because it's myself. I've been collecting images on my brand board on pinterest, and finally made a collage out of some of the images.

I've found that it's easier to identify pervading themes and connect with the overall feel if the images are together. So while I love boards on pinterest, the turning point for me is always assembling the images into a collage. It's almost a light bulb moment, because it's so fun to see how everything flows concisely and the overarching style permeates the images. After that, I like to examine the board and ask myself what I like about the images and what are the similarities that each individual photo has.

Once that's happened, I'll start drafting a design -- sometimes going right at it in photoshop, othertimes, sketching and mapping it all out on paper. After the design is finished (or, mostly, finished), it's on to coding + little tweaks and changes until the site is just how I want it. Sometimes the process takes a couple weeks, other times, a month or so, and needless to say, it's taken a bit longer for myself. But the process is crazy gratifying!

So, I thought it would be fun to get a brand board link up going! Look at your blog and collect some images that you think describe YOU, make a collage, and link it up. I want to see what makes YOU tick and I'm excited to see images + words that shout your style. It can be simple or elaborate, long or short, color orientated or black and white, image based or mostly text, as long as it describes who you are. Can't wait to see! Have fun! x

feel free to link up anytime...there's no end date. :)

17 comments :

  1. your brand board is so pretty! and yes. these next few weeks will definitely be exciting. ;)

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  2. Hannah, you never cease to amaze me with your blog posts. They're amazing!

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  3. Your brand board is very neat, Hannah! I love how you took pictures that standing alone would be fine, but combined look somehow so much more intriguing. :)

    branding is something I have never been good at. and I doubt I ever will be - hah! I always find it difficult to settle on just one thing that I want, and end up strewn all over the place, with half the right look, and the other half a tad crazy. But after a while I usually get it straight. :P Good luck with yours! I'm sure it will look great.

    hugs,
    ~bree

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  4. indeed, i agree with bree. branding is one of the hardest things for me to do. i'm so bad at defining myself. i may attempt to do this, however...

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  5. That is really cool. I like it. =)
    ~Aidyl
    www.aidylewoh.blogspot.com

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  6. I might actually try this...

    ~Molly~
    mollyslittlecorner.blogspot.com

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  7. Hey I just linked my new Pinterest board for my brand...thanks for the inspiration :)

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  8. Awesome idea to make a collage from your board...I think I'll have to do that! =D

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  9. Wait!! I messed up...hold the phone...let me try again. ;D lol

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  10. Awesome! I love it!

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  11. well, you know i am too excited to see your new brand!!! so happy for you. xoxo.

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  12. thanks very much...now mr/miss inspiration has come 'a callin' and I shall link up soon. :)
    p.s. this is smashing-ly gorgeous

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  13. Hannah, I love this idea. Never done it this way before, hopefully I'll be able to make somethign of it. Linking up now. :)

    Cannot wiat to see the newness, so very exciting!

    xo

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  14. I've been watching you pin! Lovely to see it all in once place!
    I would love to do this, I just don't even know where to begin!!!

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  15. Isn't it interesting to see the threads to connecting all your pins? I've been noticing trends in my account, too. It's so fun to narrow down your tastes so that you can better implement them into your home, wardrobe, and blog design!

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  16. So inspiring, Hannah!

    I was planning to do something like this soon to create inspiration for my Etsy shop branding, and I finally got around to collecting pins onto a design board... I don't have the time to collage them just yet, but I'm looking forward to that!
    Your board is wonderful.

    Blessings!
    --Kellie

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  17. I love this Hannah! I can't wait to make one and link up. <3

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