What is Clear Space?

Clear space refers to a specific amount of are a logo is defined to have on all sides (in a brand standards manual or house style guide), no matter where the logo is applied. The reason for clear space is to ensure the logo maximizes visibility and impact. There is no set rule for defining a logo’s clear space, but it is not a convoluted process.

When looking at the designed logo, an element that is a standard, or base size, in the design is often picked as the guide. For instance, this could be the height or width of a particular letter in the logotype or a particular design element, or even a portion of one of these components. The selected base element is called the indicator. The dimensions of the indicator will be the basis for the clear space area. To determine the area of clear space, measure exactly one indicator unit from the farthest vertical and horizontal points of the logo. This is the area surrounding the logo that must remain clear, or empty. This dictates how close to the edge of a design the logo can be placed, or how close other design elements or information can be to the logo, while ensuring the design still appears balanced and the logo, itself, remains its impactful.

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5 Reasons Successful Branding is Important

Branding clearly delivers your message. Branding emotionally connects your target audience with what you offer. Branding motivates your audience to create a connection. Branding reinforces your credibility. Branding creates loyalty. Bonus – Branding helps you stand out in a crowd.

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Avoid These 6 Branding Mistakes

Not getting the logo right. Designing a logo yourself (just for now) may seem like a good idea, at first. But, changing a logo mid-stream can be complicated. If you aren’t widely recognized, you could lose what brand equity you may have already established. If you are, you could confuse, alienate and ultimately lose your…

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4 Things to Consider When Embarking on a Rebrand

Define your brand’s core identity? In other words, what is your purpose, your mission, your vision? Who do you serve? And, more importantly, why? Do an internal audit. What is working for your brand? What needs to change? Market research. What does your competition look like? What do they do well? What can you offer…

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What is Branding?

Branding is all of the ways you establish an image of your company in your customers’ eyes and minds. It’s your “what”, your “how”, and your “why”. Your description of what you offer, the colors associated with your business, your visual identity, your website, your advertising, your collateral and your social media presence—these are all…

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What Makes a Logo Successful?

A logo serves to represent your company through a visual image that can be easily understood and recognized. Logos generally involve symbols, stylized text, or both. A good logo should create memorable impressions on your target audience, and set your company apart from your competitors. So, what makes a logo successful? A successful logo will…

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Comical Global Branding Fails

Even the biggest brands can make mistakes when bringing their brand to new markets. A company should always carefully research and identify any cultural differences, or language translations, when expanding their business. You want to catch any possible missteps before they happen. Here are some epic fails for a good laugh. Coca-Cola When first launched…

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How Decades of Solid Branding Saved Coca-Cola from the Pepsi Challenge

The Pepsi Challenge was a marketing campaign started in 1975. It was simply a blind taste test between Pepsi and Coca-Cola, touting that even Coca-Cola fans choose Pepsi. It was a wildly successful marketing strategy that they revisited for decades. Coca-Cola even ran their own private tastes test, through which they found Pepsi was indeed…

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Plan it, make it, stretch it, wrap it, ink it, spin it, long print run it : Flexographic

Flexographic printing is a form of direct relief printing that is characterized by the use of flexible printing plates. In the past, these printing plates were always made of rubber, whereas today, flexible photopolymer printing plates might also be used. These plates have a slightly raised image of the content on them, they’re inked, and…