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It’s So Hard To Say Goodbye…

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(cue Boyz II Men) to our current brand.

Are you ready for a new brand, but scared of the change?

Worried you will leave your followers hanging and feeling left behind? Do you fear they won’t recognize the new you? What if they don’t like the new look?! Hell, what if you discover something NEW about yourself? {Blasphemy!}

Discovering & recognizing your brand is HARD WORK. It’s self-discovery. It’s deep-diving. It’s soul searching. It’s exhausting.

Therefore, as humans, we retract to…

“What if we create a logo similar to what I currently have but with different fonts? What if we just changed the colors? That could help a lot, right?!”

“I’m worried to stray too far from my current brand. Don’t I have to carry SOMETHING over from my current brand into my new brand?!” (sheer panic sets in)

I get it. Your company is your baby. You grow up with it. You love it. You nurture it. And, now, I’m asking you to toss it in the trash and start fresh. While this comes easy to some, many small business entrepreneurs find it extremely hard to push themselves outside their comfort zone and open their heart to new beginnings. It’s change. It’s risk. It’s the unknown. Like I said, I get it.

Instead of telling you if you should start from scratch, kicking your current brand to the curb or if you should build, tweak, and refine upon your current brand, I’m going to give you a task and have you decide. Believe me, you’ve got this! {Go on, keep reading…}

Ask yourself the following THREE questions:

I’m confident that after you answer these questions you will have a better grasp of if you need a rebrand or a brand refinement. Good luck!

1.How does your brand make YOU feel? Does it resonate with you? Is it genuine? Does your brand scream {insert your name here}? Make note of what FEELS right and what feels wrong.

2. Is your brand communicating a clear message and reaching your audience or is it trying to say EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE, leaving your audience confused and your brand undefined?

3. Personify your brand. Is it conservative or progressive? Thrifty or affluent? Dynamic or stable? Stylish or plain and practical? Write down 3 adjectives that describe your current brand’s personality. Now list the 3 adjectives of who your brand REALLY is. Do the two lists match?

So, what’s your conclusion? Share your discoveries below or share them privately with me via heidi@idiehdesign.com. I would love to hear if this activity helped!

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My brand is my logo, right? WRONG.

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Brand. Branding. Rebrand. What does it all mean?! Do you immediately develop hives just thinking about it? Well, I’m here to hopefully ease your anxiety. Let’s start with the basics.

A brand is NOT just a logo.

It is so much more than that.

There is a wide range of elements that combine to create your brand: your name, tagline, logo, colors, patterns, a tone of voice, maybe even a sound or smell. Your brand isn’t only visual, it’s emotional, it’s physical, and I’ll even go to say it’s spiritual.

Your brand is the way someone feels when encountering your business.

What emotion does your business evoke? What do people yearn for when they encounter your business? Who does it make them think of? What memories does it recall? What set of values and perceptions does it instill? This is your brand. It is the story you tell to, in return, make a person feel and react in some shape or form. Can we all agree it’s well beyond just a logo?

All touch points of your brand – from the initial consultation down to your voicemail – should evoke, instill, and reiterate what your business stands for.

What is one thing you do to instill your brand when interacting with a client? Share below in the comments and let’s learn from one another! 

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Cue the cocktails & candy…

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Cue the cocktails and candy, ’cause this girl needs both…STAT.

ARE YOU READY FOR THIS? (Because I’m not sure I am. Eek!)

Writing this is so surreal. My last day at the daytime gig was YESTERDAY. Yep, that’s right. I’m a FULL-TIME business owner…starting today.

I don’t have to figure out if today I’m going into the day job office or my own office. I don’t have to figure out how I’m going to get this, this, and that done tomorrow for idieh design when I have to work at the day gig from 9-5. No more juggling of my time between 50 million projects when many of those were coming from the corporate world.

You guys!! I said “later tator” to the role of Senior Graphic Designer at a place I’ve worked at for over 5 1/2 years and today is my first day of ONLY owning idieh design. (I might have to keep on repeating this to make it sink in.) Can you believe it? Obviously, you know my answer.

When I started this little idieh (no pun intended) in my hometown of Shelbyville, Indiana, just a few short weeks after graduating from college, yes, my ultimate goal was to one day make this the only career that fueled my heart, but I never could really envision it. It seemed WAY too far away. Out of reach. Untouchable. I accepted it as my way to satisfy my hunger of being creative, helping others, and fulfilling my thirst to create my own destiny.

Since that time, I’ve went through a few rough times (divorce, crappy relationships, feeling lost, to just downright ready to give up) that many times left me wondering if this was all worth it. Thankfully, it’s in my blood to persevere. Giving up was never really an option no matter how many times I considered it. I dealt with these hardships by throwing myself into my business. If I had a crappy day, I would jump into my work and forget about what was happening around me.

It was an escape. Something I couldn’t let die and absolutely didn’t even have a clue of how to ever give it up. Therefore, I didn’t.

I have now had my company, idieh design, for over 7 years and I’m proud to say it’s been extremely rewarding to see it continually grow, evolve, and develop while I have done the same. I’ve never been more stoked about my brand that represents me 110%. I’m feeling super confident in the direction my business is going, and I am super, super, like SUPER excited to start this next chapter of my professional career.

While I’m terrified as ever, I’m also elated beyond words. NOW is the time. This is what I’ve been working towards all these years. It’s time to sink or swim, friends. (And, well, I did go to High School State swimming finals. Just sayin’.)

Here’s to kicking ass and taking names. Thank you all for your support & love! This day wouldn’t be possible without you.

What accomplishments have you achieved recently? Share in the comments below or send your personal stories to me at heidi@idiehdesign.com. I would love to hear your inspiring stories!

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Small Business Branding // Imoni Events

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Jenni Thye of Imoni Events, a wedding planning company, reached out to idieh design when she knew it was time to elevate her brand and invest in someone who could clearly communicate her style and story behind her business. While she didn’t hire me for logo development (as she was already in the process of collaborating with a calligrapher on the main concept), I provided Jenni with feedback and art direction in developing her logo. She then passed along the calligraphy to me and I added the finishing touches to give the logo a cohesive and polished look. From there, Jenni created a Pinterest board full of color palettes, patterns and more! Through a compilation of inspiration, many chats over drinks, the new logo, and a full understanding of her initial branding questionnaire, we were ready to tackle her overall brand (& website).

The Imoni Events brand is soft & sweet with a touch of whimsy. It exudes a sophistication that speaks to the girl that most days than not prefers a casual tee with jeans and flat, but isn’t afraid to go all out and dress to the nines, all while owning her classic style & taste. The Imoni Events brand utilizes playful textures & graphic elements that convey a very approachable and sincere environment as the company prides itself on providing a safe, secure, & on-your-side experience that allows each couple they encounter to be present in the moment on their wedding day (and leave the stress of planning & execution behind). Imoni Events is your wedding confidant. Imoni Events if your friend.

I asked Jenni to tell me about her branding experience and why she chose idieh design:

Heidi is super creative and easy to work with. She not only listens to what you want, but she gives good feedback on ways to improve your initial ideas. She is organized, keeps to deadlines and is in constant communication. It was an experience that I will cherish for a long time and I LOVE my new site. She is above and beyond the best web designer I have used in the past ten years. To this day she is tweaking little things to make it perfect. I can never thank her enough for being so great! I am very thankful we found her and decided to invest in such a talented company and designer. Thank you, Heidi!!!

Thank you, Jenni, for being so organized yourself and a gem to work with!

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Interested in working with idieh design on your new brand? Contact me here!

Music, Makeup & Mayhem | Vol. 20

Each Monday, I bring you the jams I’m rocking out to (music), what I can’t live without in the world of cosmetics, clothing, and art (makeup), and my recap of last week’s daily happenings (mayhem)

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MUSIC (weekly jams)

This week’s jams are all about empowerment. Hit play, turn up the volume, put on those high heels, and strut your stuff! Show this week who is boss.

MAKEUP (what I can’t live without)

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I love how hairstyles can become a form of art in themselves, especially with braids making a comeback. They bring so many patterns and texture to the hair and the options are endless. One of my favorite Instagram feeds to follow is @instabraid. They post daily inspiration for braided hairstyles and while I more than likely couldn’t replicate the majority of them, it’s still fun to think I can and sometimes even try. These are just a few of my favorites I pulled from their feed. Which one is your fave?

MAYHEM (weekly recap)

idieh design was recently featured on Borrowed & Bleu.

This is still on my to do list. Hoping to check it off this week.

Looking to add a little spunk to your daily happenings? I have the perfect solution.

I am lucky to call this man mine and we celebrated his birthday all weekend. Happy Birthday, Sweet Cheeks!

Now, it’s time to crank up the jams as everyone deserves to start the week off right with a dance party.


You must have a Spotify account to enjoy the music. If you don’t, go sign up now. It’s awesome & FREE!

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Featured on Borrowed and Bleu | Wedding Stationery

A few months ago the lovely girls of Imoni Events reached out and asked me to conceptualize and design a wedding stationery suite for their white wedding styled shoot. After asking many questions and gathering all their ideas, my mind immediately began to race. It’s always a (GOOD!) challenge when taking on a styled shoot as the options are initially endless.

To add some limitations to the project, I decided on an over-sized square invite with an added punch of incorporating not only one, but TWO different fabrics. The challenge officially began with finding just the right fabric combo. After a long search, I stumbled upon a match made in heaven. I paired a teal, graphic-patterned cotton fabric with a high contrast, large cutout satin overlay. The teal fabric would be the front layer, adding energy & personality, while the coral would serve as an oversized graphic, bringing texture to the piece.  The two fabrics, when combined not only add visual appeal, but an added surprise in the tactile touch. (Who doesn’t love surprises?!)

Take a peek at all the paper goods I created for this styled shoot, incorporating teal, coral, and yellow to play up Arizona’s rustic nature, all while still staying true to the modern and clean aesthetics of a white wedding. Props to the Imoni team for pulling it all together!

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To see more details of this bright & cheery styled wedding shoot, head on over to borrowed & bleu where it was featured!

A big hive five to all the vendors involved:

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