Is Unique Always A Good Strategy?

Ask most people to define branding and I’m guessing 9 out 10 people will include the word “unique” or a synonym of the word in their response. But lately, I’ve been questioning whether that’s always a good strategy in this over-saturated, over-branded landscape. Sure, you want to stick out from the crowd…but do you? Everything… Read more »

Reflect Rethink Rebrand On Wooden Blocks. Business And Inspiration Concept

The new year always inspires a certain level of introspection. There’s something about starting fresh with 01/01 that makes you take stock of the past 12 months…now add in the new decade, and things are about to get deep. But if you’re stubborn like me, you don’t like to make a change because someone else… Read more »

TIV Branding FAQs

I think we’re up to 24 or 25 websites launched this year at the time of me writing this blog. It’ll be more by the time you’re reading it…we have a couple in development. And we encourage folks to always have FAQs, especially if it’s an e-commerce site. Folks want to learn from the commonly… Read more »

Creativity in Process

My title used to be “Creative Guy,” (rollover my photo on the team page and it still is) so being creative is literally my job. But as TIV Branding has evolved and grown, my position has changed from being more hands-on with my creativity to more of a guiding role. I would assume that’s what… Read more »

If Another Person Says They Want the Nike Swoosh, I Quit

I don’t quit. In fact, I took a break from writing this to have a client meeting and they mentioned the swoosh. Still writing. That said, any brand designer can attest to the fact that there are certain examples that will inevitably come up at some point during a branding project: “I want packaging like… Read more »

Brands in Context

Every morning my 12-year-old son comes to me to do his hair. He’s very capable of doing his own hair, but it gives me the opportunity to have some rare face-to-face time with a pre-teen. It’s a chance to casually check in with him, so I continue to oblige. Our son was lucky enough to… Read more »

I know. You think this is going to be a blog by a designer complaining about how hard it is to put your art out there for clients to tear apart. But it’s not. I’ve been doing this for 20 years; long enough to develop hard enough skin to take most criticism at face value,… Read more »

Client Freak Out

Yup. I said it. Client freak outs are a good thing. Sure, they feel really, really bad at the time, but I attribute many of our best practices and process improvements to some solid freak outs. Regular Check-ins Everyone is busy. We’re busy and clients are busy. And if clients are really busy we’re often… Read more »

PSC

“Of special note: I can’t think of a restaurant on this list that has a better graphic treatment — from coasters to website, from the menu design to the typography.”  – San Francisco Chronicle, “The Most Beautiful Restaurants in San Francisco“ Designers don’t typically get a lot of props. We are happy if our clients are happy and… Read more »

Sumbody Rebrand

SUMBODY REBRAND This week is the Indie Beauty Expo in New York. That’s a trade show that has never been on my radar. But this year one of the rebrands being unveiled at the expo is the work of TIV Branding…the culmination of the blood, sweat and tears of the last eight months. Sumbody natural… Read more »