Branding Design for Corporate Events Part 1

One of my favorite parts of the event design process is finding unique and creative ways to incorporate branding into the design.  From neon signs to custom build backdrops and logos made of floral we find a way to make branding stand out. 

Our process with corporate event design is to sit down with our clients and truly understand the brand, the aesthetics that represents the brand, and the overall marketing strategy for the current quarter or year.  We look at everything including the current marketing campaign, office design, website design and any other materials our clients can give us. These conversations set the foundations for the event design so we can make sure the live event pairs up perfectly with the brand. 

There are many ways and areas to incorporate branding elements into event design.  This week we will go over three areas: 1) The Entrance 2) Logo 3) Photo Activation. Next week I will talk about how we incorporate branding into specific event design elements .

1) Entrance - The first thing guests see should be eye catching, relevant and fits into the overall event design because this element  sets the tone for the event.  It also tends to be one of the main items guests will photograph so you need the design and fabrication quality to be on point. 

VIP Dinner for Yahoo! 

VIP Dinner for Yahoo! 

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Zendesk Media Launch SXSW 

Zendesk Media Launch SXSW 

Frontline Gold Product Launch

Frontline Gold Product Launch

Zendesk Brand ReLaunch

Zendesk Brand ReLaunch

2) Logo placement - who is the event for is the first question everyone will ask when they walk into an event. Hopefully, if they are invited they know but it does not hurt to remind them.  At least one logo element should be included in each event, otherwise the event has no company marker and it really could be for anyone. The inclusion of a logo should be done in a way that  draws the guests eye the minute they enter the space. This creates a central focal in the space and gives an easy branded angle for event photos which, depending on the client can be just as important as the event itself. 

Some clients want their logo everywhere and others want a more subtle approach. I have included examples of each type of event below. 

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ARA Corporate Holiday Party 

ARA Corporate Holiday Party 

3) Photo Activations:  Gone are the days of the standard photo booth. One of our favorite items to design is the interactive custom fabricated book backdrop. Taking photo activations to the next level. Not only are they a major design focal point but guests love to photograph their friends using the booth so you get double the social media interaction. (Yes, those are all real flowers)

Custom Floral photo booth for Chandon at Formula 1

Custom Floral photo booth for Chandon at Formula 1

Zendesk SXSW Custom built photo booth 

Zendesk SXSW Custom built photo booth 

Hulu Lounge at the ATX Television Festival. Custom built step and repeat with real plants. 

Hulu Lounge at the ATX Television Festival. Custom built step and repeat with real plants. 

Next week we will dive into custom fabrication and designing unique event centerpieces!