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The Evolution of Slices Branding in 4 Logos

This isn’t a post about the fact that we’ve rebranded: you don’t really care, and I don’t blame you.

Instead, I’d like to talk about how and why our branding is what is today. I’d also like to explain why your branding is NOT important when you get started.

I came up with the name “Slices” after a quick brainstorming. I liked the expression “slicing and dicing data”. I looked for domain names available for one of those terms and found that Slices.io was available. So I decided to go for it.

This was our first logo

Slices first logo (yes, I did it myself).

I “created” it using Powerpoint in February 2015, before I even left my full-time job. Look at the state of it.

Look at it.

This was for my first idea: a service for eCommerce companies to retain their customers.

I didn’t spend much time on it, probably just an hour. I chose to focus on talking to potential customers instead.

Not a single person told me that they wouldn’t buy from me because of my shitty logo.

This is my fist piece of advice for new entrepreneurs. Focus on what matters: getting clients. All the rest is fake work.

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After pivoting

After pivoting to consulting, I decided to update the logo. I had to use some sort of logo to send proposals to prospects.

If I remember well, I also did it myself on Powerpoint:

Slices second logo (I also did it myself).
Slices second logo (I also did it myself).

It looks better than the first one, but black and grey are not the best colours, are they? I got my first paying clients with this logo.

Second change

After working with a few clients, I decided to invest a little bit in the business. I contacted a graphic designer I met at a Startup Weekend and asked him if he was interested in designing a logo (and coming up with a few illustrations).

This was our third logo:

Slices third logo. This one was done by a freelancer.
Slices third logo. This one was done by a freelancer.

I paid €120 for it. This was in September 2015.

Yes, that’s a scalpel on top of our name. Does it look better than than the two previous logos? Probably.

The tagline I came up with was a tiny bit pretentious. We’re no expert.

It still didn’t prevent us from growing the business, speaking at conferences and acquiring great clients like Phorest or Dropbox.

Today

With four people in the team, great clients and a clear vision for the business, we decided that it was time to update our branding.

We felt that the current branding wasn’t in line with our fight against Internet pollution and marketing BS.

We nearly changed the name but finally decided against it.

We worked with the best branding agency in Ireland to help us: RichardsDee. We’ve know them for a few years now and working with them was a no-brainer.

After describing what we believed in, they gave us a few options:

Option 1

New Slices logo option 1.
New Slices logo option 1.

Option 2

Slices new logo option 2.

 Option 3

Slices new logo option 3.
Slices new logo option 3.

Option 4

Slices new logo option 4.
Slices new logo option 4.

Option 5

 

Slices new logo option 5.
Slices new logo option 5.

Option 4 was our favourite so we chose to explore it more. We really liked the use of the slash to convey concepts like before/after, good/bad, etc…

We liked the green even if we found it too “flashy”. We wanted a more “organic” green.

Based on this feedback, RichardsDee came up with this improved option:

Slices new logo option 6 (second version)
Slices new logo option 4 (second version).

After small adjustments, we settled for this:

Slices Consulting
Our new logo. Do you like it? You better like it.

The green really conveys our fight against bad marketing and Internet pollution. The simple slash at the end of the logo refer to the word “slices” as well as the idea of cutting through the BS.

This is a branding we’re finally proud of.

You can even download our full branding document here.

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When to care about branding

We would have never been able to describe our vision clearly and find the branding that suited us the best without having gone through this two-year journey.

Things won’t be perfect at the start. You will have to compromise on secondary items like branding, and focus on making money.

As your company grows, what you’re fighting against will become clearer and clearer. You might need to find investment or talk to bigger clients. People will need to trust you to do business with you.

In this case, investing in your branding is an obvious choice.


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  • Ronan Perceval

    I prefer the first one you did Louis?

    • I bet you do. You drew the Phorest logo yourself, right?

  • Ronan Perceval

    Well it is actually a picture of Connor’s…

  • Karl Murray (Aresskincare)

    Fiverr.com logo cool man