Designing a brand for lifestyle bloggers can be challenging because their identity needs to be versatile to fit all of the topics that they cover on a blog. Brand design for Hints of Life was such a unique experience for me as a designer. Rachel’s story and her vision for her brand put me in a magical mood. It inspired me to create a brand identity in a style that I haven’t designed before.
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Below, you’ll find out more about Rachel’s brand, her brand keywords. Take a look below, which brand collaterals did she choose. Also, learn about the individualised solution for Hints of Life.
The Hints of Life is a lifestyle blog by Rachel Harris, where she writes about all of her passions: makeup, fashion, recipes, décor, love life and travel.
When I asked Rachel about her name she said to me: “The name Hints of Life is about my revelation and enjoying every happy moment in life. I used to have a lot of emotional problems which led to deep depression. Once I’ve beaten it, I felt like I got a second chance to be happy. The Hints of Life is about designing a happy life.”
Inspiring, Original, Joyful, Refreshing, Warm, Magical, Vibrant, Happy, Humble, Observant
THE DESIGN PACKAGE
THE PACKAGE INCLUDED:
BRAND IDENTITY DESIGN:
1. Logo design
2. Alternative logo designs
3. Submark designs
4. Colour Palette
5. Illustration Designs & Favicon
BRAND COLLATERALS DESIGN:
6. Blog Categories Icons
7. Blog Post Graphics
8. Badge Designs
9. Facebook Branding
10. Square Post Graphics
Rachel’s story inspired me to think outside the box – to create a unique colour palette, logo and collaterals. The custom-designed illustrations for her brand (used in the main logo), represent the happy moments of life and the hints to live a joyful life. They are in various sizes because those moments have a different scale, but the core significance – happiness.
BRAND DESIGN FOR HINTS OF LIFE
BRAND IDENTITY DESIGN:
1. LOGO DESIGN
As I’ve mentioned above, the main logo design for Hints of Life represents the happy moments of life and the hints on how to enjoy your life. This time, I’ve decided to add all of the colours from the colour palette into the main logo. It’s like each of the colour represents one hint on how to live a happy life by doing what you love.
3. SUBMARK DESIGNS
I created two different submark designs. The first one is my absolute favourite, maybe that’s why I have it in my portfolio! It included Hints of Life initials in the colour circle. The second submark contains the one illustration from her main logo and then Hints of Life Rachel Harris around the circle.
4. COLOUR PALETTE
This is probably the most unicorn-like colour palette I’ve ever designed. When I look at it, I see the word Magical all over it! On the one hand, the colours are vibrant and on the other they are pastel. I like to call those types of colour schemes as vibrant pastels – my signature style (I use vibrant pastels for my brand as well, but more pastels than vibrant 😉).
5. ILLUSTRATIONS DESIGNS & FAVICON
For the illustrations designs, I pulled out the “hints” illustration from the main logo. Using a middle part of one of the hints from the illustration, I created a sort of underline to use for her blog post graphics, square post graphic or as dividers on her blog. You can see them in action when you scroll down to blog & square graphic styles. For the favicon, I used one of Rachel’s submark in green colour.
BRAND COLLATERALS DESIGN FOR HINTS OF LIFE
6. BLOG CATEGORIES ICONS
These are also my personal favourites! I absolutely love creating illustrated icons (icons with a lot of details, so they are more illustrations than icons). I noticed that I design them a lot for my clients and I love how custom they are. For Hints of Life, I’ve designed six blog categories icons for makeup, fashion, recipes, décor, love life and travel.
7. BLOG POST GRAPHICS
I feel like each of the blog post graphic template is tailored for a specific brand and it’s always somehow different (even though some of the elements might repeat like, colour overlay, the size of the graphic, placement of the logo etc.).
The first blog post graphic is for “how to…” posts (& others as well). It included colour background with purple overlay, one of the submarks, little illustration and URL on the colour box.
The second template is another one for “how to…” posts. It has photo background, full colour overlay covering most of the graphic, illustration, different submark and colour box with website URL.
The third one is for list or roundup posts, it has a solid colour background with a frame around it, for one word I used script font and also added one of the blog category icon and URL. All of the blog post graphics templates are 100% customizable with Adobe Illustrator*
8. BADGE DESIGNS
For the badge designs, I also took two submarks and created correlating Thank you badges using the same script font. You might be wondering, how can lifestyle blogger utilise the badge designs? Well, badges are perfect for content upgrades, email newsletters or just to add it to one of your website pages i.e. thank you page.
10. SQUARE POST GRAPHICS
The first square post graphic template is for quotes and it’s similar to the second blog post graphic template.
The second square post graphic style is for promotional content such as new blog post alert and so on. It a bit similar to the third blog post graphic template.
The third social media graphic is a square version of the first blog post template. All of the Instagram post templates are 100% customizable with Adobe Illustrator*
Now, let’s take a look at Hints of Life’s brand collaterals. See how cohesive her brand looks like when placed together?
The brand design for Hints of Life was such an amazing experience for me. As I’ve mentioned above, this project inspired me to think outside the box and create a brand I’ve never seen like it before in terms of colours and all the elements linking to the core – Hints.
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