Visual Identity Design
Branding and Identity design for my own podcast. It's an initiative to start candid conversations with designers and other creative folks to bring out the stories about the realities of living a creative life. You can check it out on designedthisway.com
As a young Indian designer, I realised that the conversations I had with other designers about their creative practices were extremely valuable. These discussions filled a void that was unaddressed by traditional design books, articles, and essays. Candid conversations are intimate, personal, and raw.
In launching my podcast, I aimed to set it apart from others in the space by emphasising three key differentiators that would make it unique and help establish its identity. These differentiators are:
After careful consideration, I selected Massimo Graffia as the primary brand typeface for its multiple alternatives for each glyph, which allow me to create unique sentences using different permutations. This flexibility helps simulate the texture and diversity of speech for each guest and episode.
VISUAL IDENTITY ELEMENTS
Designing for oneself is often more difficult than designing for others, a notion many designers would agree with. When you possess infinite possibilities, committing to a single idea can become a daunting task. After sketching multiple ideas, I struggled to settle on one. Eventually, I gave up and tore up the sketches.
Surprisingly, when I looked at the torn paper, I felt it was the perfect metaphor for the identity I was creating. With the podcast, I wanted myself and my guests to embrace the imperfections, rawness, and beauty of meandering conversations. The torn paper effect was the ideal visual element for the brand identity.
MAIN IDENTITY EXPLORATIONS
I used the scanned torn papers to generate multiple ideas and ultimately chose four visuals that I found intriguing.
THE SELECTED IDEA
I chose the idea that had a stronger storytelling ability and greater flexibility w.r.t the podcast. This concept depicts the podcast as a bridge and facilitator between two opposites - the listener and the guest, the personal and professional, the glamour and the struggle, and beyond.
EPISODE COVER ART
To create a sense of co-creation, I used typography and visual elements from the podcast's identity, but personalised them with each guest's photograph and colours taken from their personal branding or popular work. This system generates unique cover art for each episode and also gives the guest a sense of identity for that particular episode.
Drawing on the unique identity system developed for the podcast, the creation of social media and promotional graphics is made effortless through the use of two primary identity elements - typography and the torn paper visual. This system is both flexible and versatile, allowing for infinite variations while still retaining recognisability. Additionally, the system is equally effective in motion graphics, extending the brand's reach and impact beyond static visuals.
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