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Updated: June 10, 2020

The Difference Between Graphic Design and Branding

Many companies believe that logos, headers, and business cards are what make a brand. They’re wrong. Understanding the difference between branding and graphic design is the first necessary step to creating your own brand that is unique, strong and alive.
The Difference Between Graphic Design and Branding

What is Graphic Design?

The graphic designer handles all visual solutions for the brand development process. They are the guardians of your visual identity so that, whatever is being issued visually, stays cohesive on every platform. Graphic design is anything that is created by a professional graphic designer for your business.

While their contribution to the graphic design branding process is primarily at the end (because they are the ones that have to materialize ideas into something palpable, and, tangible) they should also be part of the entire creative process.

Graphic Design

The Metaphor

The graphic designer branding campaign is like that of a personal shopper, stylist and tailor all in one. They make sure that you look good at all times no matter the occasion. They take your personality and transform it into a visual medium (your clothing) in hopes of attracting like-minded people.

What is Branding?

“BRANDING is any conscious activity that the company performs to try to influence this set of perceptions in people’s minds.” – Brands Come True

Essentially, this means that everything you do for your company is considered branding and has the potential to be part of your brand. This can include your offices/stores, your vehicles, your social media presence, your shipping, your website, your customer service, your employees and yes, your best graphic design logos.

Unfortunately, over 80% of entrepreneurs believe that graphic design and branding are the same thing. While visual identity graphic design is a very important part of the branding process, it is just that – a part- and not the entire process. Branding goes beyond visual. It handles the entire customer experience on all levels, senses, and dimensions.

Branding

The Metaphor

If high end graphic design is the master tailor, then branding is your attitude/personality. You develop this on your own, over several years. Your personality consists of your past experiences, relationships, and opinions. While your clothing can reflect your personality, it is hardly ever the other way around. Your clothing may draw them in, but it will be your personality that will make them fall in love with you. The same principle holds true with graphic design brand identity.

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About the Author
Andrew Aden
Andrew Aden serves as Comrade's art director, bringing a wealth of website design, graphic design and branding experience to our clients.

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Emily Anderson
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Emily Anderson

Hello Stan,
I am very grateful to be able to benefit from your knowledge. It gives a great overview of the difference. Graphic design has a lot to do with branding a photo editing company. Thanks for the tips

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