Branding – Design Term

Branding an example
Branding an example

How names, logos, icons, trademarks or product designs endow products or services with a recognisable presence and a collection of associated values or aspirations on the part of the customer.

Its roots lie in vagabonds’ literal branding with a ‘V’, robbers with a label on the left eye, or military deserters with a ‘D’, all with a red-hot poker that immediately makes the bearers of such brands identifiable to society as a whole.

In the latter part of the 20th century, branding could be applied to clothing, cigarettes, cars, food, drinks, ‘new universities’ and many other goods and services. Powerful brand identities range from Levi Strauss denim jeans to Louis Vuitton suitcases and Apple computers to Adidas sports goods. By buying specific products, such as these customers, they may symbolically align themselves with particular lifestyles.


Woodham, J. (2004). Branding. In A Dictionary of Modern Design. : Oxford University Press. Retrieved 28 Jan. 2021, from

You may also be interested in

Adhocism – an idea of improvisation – Encyclopedia of Design

‘Adhocism’ ideas were coined in their book Adhocism: The Case for Improvisation by architect, theoretician, former Designer Charles Jencks and Nathan Silver (1972). They considered how designers could take immediate action in ways that had never been imagined in their original design by using readily available components.

Jugendstil an artistic style – Encyclopedia of Design

Jugendstil, an artistic style that originated around the mid-1890s in Germany and persisted throughout the first decade of the 20th century, derived its name from the Munich magazine Die Jugend (‘Youth’), which featured designs from the Art Nouveau period.

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.