A new logo, brand and website for Aio
Services: Brand Roadmapping & Strategy, Brand Logo Design, Website Design,
The gaming industry is huge, in 2015 over £258 million was spent on PC gaming hardware in the UK alone. Yet the PC hardware offerings are only targeting hardcore gamers with more aggressive, functional design aesthetics 'Aio' aims to offer an all-in-one gaming PC which will have a sleek, design orientated aesthetic, as well as great performance. It will appeal to a much wider segment of the gamer market, many of whom are dissatisfied with their current hardware options. Dan the founder approached me for his brand and design work, and as I have experience in online gaming in the past and understood the market, we hit it of straight away. And in addition to his logo and website, I worked with him to come up with the 'Aio' name, a brand strategy and initial brand imagery.
Roadmapping for successWe spent a half day conducting a roadmapping workshop together to outline his requirements and agreed that our Brand and Website design package would suit his needs for the launch of his startup.After the roadmapping session it revealed the need to change the existing company name (Black and White) to a more relevant brand name. His budget was tight to agree to a brand naming workshop so I offered my guidance input and he came back with a shortlist of names. We eventually came up with a strong brand name that fitted well - and was available to purchase as a domain name and aio.world was born.
Starting the logo design processNow it was time we started work on creating his brand logo identity. It needed to be consistent, scalable to different sizes and work across all mediums for print and screen. From the Pinterest mood board that Dan created as part of the brand worksheets he completed, I compiled a brand inspiration board, gathering images and pairing colours to create a "feel" and an aesthetic to work from throughout the entire project.
Dan did a great job pulling images together in a secret Pinterest board, and the colour palette of the photos and design inspirations aligned with his brand messaging and goals.
The 'Elevator' pitchAs part of the brand worksheet, we get clients to think about their brand content. As an overview description, we use a great tool to help new clients clarify this into a short sales script or pitch.The elevator pitch or 60 second pitch is a short summary to briefly explain yourself, your business, your goals and your passions. It tells others what you do, who you help, and how you help them. This can also help in setting a tone of voice for how you write your website content. I kept all of those qualities in mind as I moved onto the next step of creating the logo design:
Sketching logo conceptsYou can see how the inspiration board help focus ideas within my sketches; I drafted up a number of variations that focused on simplicity and soft curves. I then hand-drew three of the chosen versions and imported them into Adobe Illustrator to prepare for the logo design presentation.
From a sketch to a digital logo designYou can see how the inspiration board help focus ideas within my sketches; I drafted up a number of variations that focused on simplicity and soft curves. I then hand-drew three of the chosen versions and imported them into Adobe Illustrator to prepare for the logo design presentation.
Three logo options were presented and after some deliberation, we settled on the final logo - second option in the middle above. It was chosen for its sleek, modern look and neultral, fresh colours. (You can see how I visualised the logo to give a good sense of how the logo identity could work in real-life scenarios.)
Once Dan was happy with the Aio logo, I set up final brand guidelines that included primary and alternate logo options, minimum sizes, icons, colour palletes, patterns, typography/font use and an image style to bring the brand to life. This brand document becomes a useful tool in creating additional marketing materials, including the new AIo website, business cards and a branded pitch deck ready to add his content to show to potential partners and investors.