3 Unexpected Places to Find Branding Inspiration

3 Unexpected Places to Find Branding Inspiration

Where to find branding inspiration

Are you trying to brand your business but feeling totally lost and uninspired? Are you’re frustrated because you can’t find branding inspiration that feels like ‘you’? 

If so, you’re not alone. The number one thing I hear from my clients is their desire to have branding that feels like them and communicates their personality. 

But if you’re looking for examples to pass along to a designer (or use to DIY-it) and nothing you’re coming across feels right, it can be really frustrating. 

Where you’ve likely gone wrong: 

Have you taken the advice of ‘just hop onto Pinterest and start pinning examples of things you like’? You’ve searched for logos and color palettes. You’ve pinned a ton of branding examples, but it’s a mess. It’s all over the place and none of it feels right. You don’t see YOU in there anywhere. 

THE PROBLEM: You jumped to pinning branding examples too quickly. 

I have an inside secret for you… Talented designers pull all kinds of inspiration from unexpected sources (nature, music, fashion, food, etc.) before even thinking about designing your logo.

Why?

Because talented designers create logos and color palettes inspired by meaningful imagery that is carefully selected to evoke a unique feeling and tell a story. They don’t just copy and tweak a logo that they pinned from someone else. 

Creating from an inspired place is how you end up with a brand that has heart and soul. 

So if what you have feels empty, it’s likely because you are missing that key inspirational image that resonates with you and evokes something special. 

Where to find your key inspirational image: 

THE SOLUTION: Stop thinking about branding at all and start looking for images that light you up. 

What are you passionate about? This could be nature, architecture, gemstones. Anything really! 

My 3 favorite go-to sources for inspiration: 

No. 1 : FASHION

I love using fashion as inspiration for branding because fashion is such a personal preference and tells so much of who you are. Fashion has the power to feel light and romantic or edgy and rough.

Below are three images that resonate with me, yours might be totally different! 

How to find branding inspiration
source: Pinterest
How to find branding inspiration
source: Pinterest
How to find branding inspiration
source: Pinterest

No. 2 : Interior Design

Interior design was my first design love. I used to stay up all night when I was a kid re-arranging my bedroom and drawing floor plans. I studied interior architecture in college and over 10 years later it still lights me up.

One of the questions I ask all of my branding clients is, ‘What is your dream home? Describe it to me.’ I strongly believe that the spaces we choose to live (or wish we could live) tell us a lot about ourselves. What would your dream home look like? 

How to find branding inspiration
source: Pinterest
How to find branding inspiration
source: Pinterest
How to find branding inspiration
source: Pinterest

No. 3 : Art

Artwork is also something that is such a personal preference and can say so much about who you are. Do you like modern art? Or traditional art? Things that are whimsical and playful or serious subject matter? Do you gravitate to specific color palettes when it comes to art? 

Below are three illustrative examples of art. Start thinking about what artwork speaks to you and gather examples. 

How to find branding inspiration
source: Pinterest
How to find branding inspiration
source: Pinterest
How to find branding inspiration
source: Pinterest / by me! (Yes, I also love to do illustration work.)

Your turn! 

If these three sources speak to you, great! Then you might have a lot of luck finding images on my Pinterest boards. If not, make a list of everything you’re passionate about and start searching for images.

I think Pinterest is a great resource because they have such a vast library of visuals, but if tangible things make you feel inspired, don’t feel limited to online resources. Go check out magazines, the library, your local museum, movies, fliers, street signs, etc.

At this point, don’t limit yourself. The skies the limit! 

XO. 

Libby 

Solid Gold Awesome

Solid Gold Awesome

How ridiculous is the local news? 

So ridiculous. 

I still remember the first time I really understood how insane it is. Sitting in my college dorm room with our little white tv/VCR combo tuned to the news, and this… 

Coverage of the Annual Eugene Cat Fashion Show.  

I’m sorry, what?! 

Yep. And chances are your town has one too. For reals. 

But here’s the more insane part: PEOPLE WERE THERE! Cats, people, fashion, news crews. 

GET OUT THERE CRAZY PERSON. 

My point today is brief.

No matter how insane you feel. No matter how stupid your idea may seem. There are people who will be interested, genuinely care and love you for it.

Whether you’re starting a business that preserves your kid’s first poo in gold or are creating marajuana products for dogs (ps. I know someone involved in doing exactly that!), there is a market for it. 

So…Get out there. Do your thing. Don’t question your insanity. 

Just look at me: 

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Local Cat Fashion Show winner, Libby Bryant & Fluff

cat: Persian (actually I don’t know, but that sounds fancy)
jewelry: Chanel
scarf: Pucci
sneaks: NIKE
leash: solid gold awesome

XO. 

Libby 

DO THE WORK

DO THE WORK

DO THE WORK graphic by Libby Bryant, LIBBY Co.

I am far from an expert on getting things done. Most of my life I’ve been more of the creative type that does my work when the moment of inspiration strikes. 

The problem with that style of working and trying to run a business with a family is that…well…it doesn’t work. 

THE PROBLEM WITH INSPIRATION. 

If you’re still working only when inspiration strikes, you likely feel overwhelmed and worried. You probably have a massive to-do list that grows every day. You spend more time dreaming of new projects than doing work on the previous schemes that need to get done.

That was me too. 

But as I’ve matured in my business (guys, I’m so mature!), I’ve come to appreciate the skill of summoning the inspiration through the act of DOING THE WORK.

HERE’S THE BIG TRICK: if it’s on my calendar…I do the work. Regardless of whether I’m feeling it or not. Mind blowing right? 

For creatives, this idea can be mind blowing. It goes against everything in our body. But it’s crucial if you want to succeed at your craft. It’s crucial if you want to take yourself from amateur to professional. 

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I FORCE THE WORK. 

My uninspired self tells me that doing work when I’m not ready will definitely result in crappy work. But my more seasoned self knows otherwise. 

A funny thing happens when I force myself to DO THE WORK even when I’m not inspired. I become inspired in the process. It’s totally counter-intuitive. But it’s true. 

In fact, I’ve been so strict at forcing myself to do the work lately that I actually became inspired to create this masterpiece .gif below. 

Backstory: In 2015 before my iPhone had time-lapse video, I made Paul take a whole series of still photos of me doing this amazing snow angel with the intention of making an animated gif. Well…two years later, after the inspiration had LONG passed I FINALLY took those photos off my phone and got around to doing it.

Aren’t you so grateful I’ve finally developed this DO THE WORK mentality?? ;) What would you have done if I never created this .gif?! Horrible. Right? 

This is obviously a silly example. And a totally pointless video. But this silly quick project that had been sitting unaccomplished and taking up mental energy was in it’s small way undermining my power. 

Brilliant snow angel

WHAT ABOUT YOU?

What unfinished projects do you have laying around that are taking up your mental energy and undermining your finish power? 

Just think of all of the awesomeness that you’re depriving the world of if you’re waiting around for inspiration to strike! 

So, next time you want to run from your task list because you’re not in the mood or afraid you aren’t ready to create – don’t run. Sit down and DO THE WORK.

I promise you’ll find inspiration on the way. 

ps. feel free to click on the DO THE WORK graphic at the top of the post to download as a daily reminder :) 

XO. 

Libby 

Sharable Valentines Card

SHARABLE VALENTINES CARD

Sharable Valentines Day Card

Hi Loves, 

Happy Valentines! I hope you have a wonderful day full of Xs and Os!! 

Consider this my virtual hug to you – and if you haven’t spread the love to your people yet, feel free to grab the above graphic and share it with everyone you adore. Just click the image to download.

XOXOXOXXOXOXOXOXOXOX!!!! 

Libby 

D R E A M I N G

D  R  E  A  M  I  N  G 

Spring Dreaming Graphic by Libby Bryant

Is it spring yet? Or better yet…summer? 

Around the same time every year it comes: February. Ugh. 

You might love February, but I do not. Each year, without warning it hits me. The ‘I can’t wait for winter to be over panic.’

This year is no exception. Up until this week, it’s felt like a particularly dreary winter here in Colorado. 

Maybe it’s because we don’t have any fun warm getaways planned? Maybe it actually has been more gray than normal? Maybe it’s just because chasing a toddler is exhausting and I need a heavy dose of vit-D? 

Whatever it is, I’m tired of it. 

This weekend we got two days of sunshine and it was like some sort of miracle. So… just like the Freshman at University of Oregon do on the first day of sun and 50 degree weather we put on our short-shorts and skipped class to play frisbee. 

Ahh…kidding. We did the 30-something married with child version and went to the Botanic Gardens to pretend that everything wasn’t brown.

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Here’s what the mac n’ cheese looks like at the Denver Botanic Gardens. Yummy. 

Nothing was blooming yet (obviously it’s still the dead of winter), but the indoor orchid show and amazing citrus trees in the greenhouse gave me major spring fever.  

There’s nothing like a perfectly sunny day to get you thinking about spring bulbs, planting gardens and new sunglasses! 

My favorite part of spring is getting to finally open up all the windows and breath in the fresh spring air. 

What’s your favorite part of spring dreaming?!?

XO. 

Libby

p.s. Want to grab a free version of this  D R E A M I N G  graphic? Click the image below.

LibbyBryant Spring Dreaming Graphic 

 

 

Shop Coming Soon

Vintage Colorado style shop coming soon.

GET NOTIFIED WHEN THE SHOP OPENS

I have a confession to make: I procrastinate. A lot.

I love the design work I do, but there’s a lot of times I just don’t want to do it. And what do I do when procrastinate? I’m definitely not a reality tv girl (unless it’s watching the occasional Chip & Jojo). Nope, lately I’ve been finding myself buying-up amazing vintage finds.

I love all sorts of vintage, but my sweet spot is what I would call frontier-chic.


Frontier-chic: Basically anything that screams, “I secretly want to be a cowgirl and live on a ranch, but in a really stylish magazine-spread sorta way.” 


You get that, right? Of course. The perfect vibe. 

Here’s the deal… I find great things all the time, but a lot of it either doesn’t fit me (many many boots because I have huge feet) or I just don’t need it (at this point I have enough bags and coats for sure).

That’s where you come in!

I want to share all of this amazingness with YOU. I can’t not take advantage of these one-of-a-kind lovelies I come across – I mean, what if that vintage leather stamped belt with horses and buffalo is exactly what you’ve been dreaming of for years? Right?! I can’t deprive you of that. Obviously. 

So if it fits the vibe, I buy it. The hand-stamped details, worn leather, woven wool, strategic fringe – all of it. 

And soon it will be available to you via my new shop! 

If you don’t want to miss out on when the shop goes live (and I’m sure you don’t), then make sure to sign up for the email list below. You’ll get an announcement to your inbox leading up to the launch so you don’t have to cry about your next door neighbor snatching up that coveted Pendleton coat. 

GET NOTIFIED WHEN THE SHOP OPENS

YAY! I hope you’re as excited as I am. I can’t wait to see you inside! 

XO. 

Libby 

 

LOGO ROUNDUP: TIMELESS MONOGRAMS

LOGO ROUNDUP: TIMELESS MONOGRAMS

There’s something so classy and sophisticated about a monogram that’s done right – just seeing gorgeously branded merchandise with sexy monograms makes me so happy :) 

Beyond looking good, using a timeless monogram as your logo or to complement your bigger-picture visual identity is a great way to build brand equity, add value to your goods and gain recognition. 

That’s why I alway include a monogram as part of every brand identity I design. 

As with anything else design related, simple, classy and creative is the way to go. Check out some examples of beautiful monograms below:  

Roundup: Timeless Monogram Designs

Inspiration from 1950. 

 Roundup: Timeless Monogram Design

Monogram design for Abigail Borg by Jean-François Porchez. 

Timeless Monogram Designs

For Farm Eden brand identity by LIBBY Co. Studios.

Timeless Monogram Designs

Monogram for Lynne Newman by LIBBY Co. Studio. 

Timeless Monogram Designs

Art deco monogram from Crane & Co. 

Roundup: Timeless Monogram Design

AW design from Saturday Studio

If you dig these and want more inspiration for timeless monograms, (as well as, logo designs) head over to my Pinterest Logo Board

And if you want to see more of what I’m loving lately follow me on Pinterest. I’ve become newly obsessed lately :). 

XO. 

Libby