5 Ways Graphic Design Can Improve Your Brand

Why should I have professional graphic design?

Graphic design is a must for all aspects of your business right now! From website content to social media posts to email marketing, graphic design can go a long way in improving your brand. Take a look at what’s trending and learn how graphic design can improve your brand.

5 Ways Graphic Design Can Improve Your Brand

Can graphic design really improve your brand? Check out these 5 simple ways graphic design could help you build better brand awareness for your business:

1. Flexible Aesthetic

When choosing what aesthetic you want to use to represent your company, the possibilities are endless! Right now, all sorts of designs are trending. From 3D design to minimalism, your business can go in virtually any direction. It’s a good idea to look at your target audience and consider what they would interact with most. You can post different graphics to see which receive the most interaction. You can even do formal research based on their age and what generation your main demographic is and look at what that generation is most likely to look for aesthetically.

2. Simple Data Visualization

Customers want to know numbers and stats in the quickest and easiest way possible. Of course, you’re the expert so information about your service or product may seem second-nature to you, but complicated to your audience. Data is constantly being circulated nowadays and it’s important to find ways to communicate it in the simplest way.

3. Social Media Carousels

Rather than trying to jam pack a bunch of information into one image or Instagram description, try disbursing your information over a couple of slides, like this. This is a great way for you to communicate a greater amount of information to your audience without overloading them.

4. Retro Palettes

This could be due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but many people have found themselves clinging to comfort and nostalgia lately. Retro fonts and color palettes have been resurfacing and there are so many fun things your business can do with it. Using imagery of nostalgia can be used as a sort of security blanket for your customers, making them feel safe and comfortable with your business.

5. Sustainable Packaging

Graphic design plays a huge role in the physical packaging of your products. When thinking about the wrapping itself, consider the possibility of positive packaging. Not only are people starting to love the look of sustainable boxes and bags, but you’re doing good by being environmentally-conscious. Just like eco-friendly products lead to the simplification of materials, professional graphic design leads to more sustainable packaging. Most imagery or text included on the packaging will have a more organic, simple approach to match the physical packaging.

It’s incredible how many ways you can improve your brand with graphic design! It can be used on so many different platforms like your website, social media pages, email marketing, physical packaging, magazines, and more. If you have questions about how to incorporate these trends into your business, Paragon Marketing Group is here to help. Contact us today!

Design For Your Target Audience

Design For Your Audience.

All businesses have a target audience, and it’s important to define who that is! When you are making your marketing materials, whether it be a printed brochure or a website, you need to design for your customer, not for you. It’s all about what your potential customers are looking for and want.

Considerations When Designing for Your Target Audience

You should ask yourself the following questions:

  • What colors reside with your target demographic?
  • Are they searching the web on their phone, a tablet or a desktop?
  • Are they readers? Or visual people?
  • What drives them to make a purchasing decision?

Color Schemes & Functionality

When designing materials for your business, step into the shoes of your target audience and consider what they are looking for. According to a study compiled of information from The New York Times, Harrington College of Design, and other sources, the older end of the Gen-Z generation (1996-2015) enjoy muted and pastel colors, like spearmint and blush pink. Their style is influenced by the 80s and 90s, so try bright colors like yellow (named “The Color of Gen-Z”). Millennials and Gen-Z are automatically attracted to a service or product that is aesthetically pleasing to them. Of course, the quality of the service is always important, but initially attracting them and bringing them in relies a lot on visuals.

If you’re attracting an older audience, those who are a part of the Baby Boomer and Gen X generations (1943-1960, 1961-1980) enjoy a much more mature color palette. Warm yellows and whites, pale blue, and jade green, and shades of grey are comfortable and classic for these generations. Of course, this is not exact science and varies from person-to-person, but this is a good baseline to start. These generations may not care as much about aesthetics as they do about the functionality of a service or product. But your website is often the first time new customers interact with your business, so it’s worth thinking about.

Smart Devices & Navigation

Combining what your audience might enjoy aesthetically with a website that’s easy to navigate will attract current and new customers. Of course, Millennials and Gen-Zers might be accessing your website on their smartphone more often than on a laptop or desktop like Baby Boomers and Gen-Xers. In 2020, it’s safe to assume most people own and use a smartphone, so it’s always good to make sure navigation is easy regardless of the age of your target audience.

Aesthetics & Information Channels

You should also consider the amount of text on your website. Millennials like a very minimalistic look. They can be easily overwhelmed and distracted, so have a simple, straightforward point when explaining your services. Further, Millennials are more likely to seek out services from word-of-mouth. The Gen-Z generation, however, likes to use the Internet to research a business and their options. Gen X-ers are oftentimes quite direct and like to engage in honest, open conversations. Because of this, it’s important to consider bringing honesty and transparency when explaining a product or service to them.

To find out more information or if you need help finding the design and color palette perfect for your website, Paragon Marketing Group has the people and resources to help make all of it come to life.