The visual identity for Barber Art & Crafts

Barber Art & Crafts business card print.

Challenge

THE CORE Create a visual identity and logo for Barber Art & Crafts and apply that on a number of brand touchpoints.
CUSTOMERS & COMPETITION The primary customers are men in the age of 30 to 45 years old. The typical customer is a family father who is seeking for simplicity in his life and is conscious about how he looks. Caroline, the founder of Barber Art & Crafts, do not see other barber shops like The Barber and Gents as competitors, she sees them more like colleagues and sources for inspiration.
THE BRAND Key words for Barber Art & Crafts are Shape, Simplicity, Tradition, Beauty, Passion, Happiness, Rustic, Industrial, Close to nature and finally a New way of thinking.
USAGE The logo and identity will be used on business cards, gift cards, paper bags, combs, clothing, web site, folders and stationery.

Solution

DETAILED SIMPLICITY The hardest part in this challenge was to find a balance between tradition and a new way of thinking, and at the same time I wanted to incorporate the male audience and the warmth of the female founder of Barber.  Somewhere between a more strict male look and a female curved way. The solution is a symmetric composition with capital letters with serifs that signals confidence and pride. To soften the overall composition the more traditional and strict composition for the word Barber has been combined with a curvaceous line pattern. I also took inspiration from comb teeth and the tree roots from the client´s inspiration images.
VINTAGE COLOR SCALE The colors chosen is leaning to a vintage look with a sense of nature.
FITS IN BUT STANDS OUT I have worked hard to create a identity that you can place branch-wise but at the same time signals something new and exciting.
EASY TO USE Since I have the privilege to create the complete visual identity for Barber. The identity is stylish and clean, but at the same time also warm and inviting. As every well-crafted logo shall be, the Barber logo is easy to recognize and remember, even in cost-effective one color print.

“I loved the first logo design draft so much that I sent Björn a large bouquet of flowers. Björn has been a real pleasure to work with. He has communicated every step of the process and converted my rough thoughts to something that you can see, feel and fall in love with!”
– Caroline Gustafsson, Founder of Barber Art & Crafts

About my logo design process

I have a streamlined logo design process. You will know what to expect during the process and I keep everything efficient and effective, in terms of time and money. Do you want to know more? Visit my page that describes my logo design process. Or, if you are ready to go – send me an email and we will get things started.

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Client inspiration.

Initial inspiration images from the client.

Mindmapping.

Mindmapping is a great tool for connecting thoughts and to come up with new ideas.

Initial sketches for Barber Art & Crafts.

Initial rough lettering sketches.

Refined logo sketch for Barber Art & Crafts.

Refined lettering sketch.

Close-up of vector WIP.

Work in progress from inside Adobe Illustrator.

Final logo for Barber Art & Crafts.

Final logo design for Barber Art & Crafts.

Typography for Barber Art & Crafts.

Typography for Barber Art & Crafts.

Colors for Barber Art & Crafts.

Colors for Barber Art & Crafts.

Toolbox for Barber Art & Crafts.

The toolbox for Barber Art & Crafts.

Barber folder.

Printed menu folder for Barber Art & Crafts. Photography by: Sofia Johnsson.

Close-up of folder front.

Close-up of the front of the printed folder. Photography by: Sofia Johnsson.

Close-up of folder spread.

Close-up of the spread from the printed folder.

Close-up of folder back.

The details makes all the difference. By using a symbol suitable for the brand instead of a regular bullet everything feels worked through and well-thought. 

Barber gift card.

Printed gift card for Barber Art & Crafts

Barber paper bag.

Paper bag with the Barber Art & Crafts logo printed on it.

Barber posters.

Image style is personal, the tone is a warm greyscale. Photography by: Sofia Johnsson.

Comb with Barber logo.

Mockup of a comb with the initial B from the Barber logo.

Barber site mockup.

Mockup of site. Photography by: Sofia Johnsson.