Rachel’s Design Lab is my updated personal brand identity. The brand reflects my new focus on UX and UI Design. The goal of this rebrand is to freshen up my online presence with a personal brand that indicates my structured and experimental approach to design.
My previous personal brand RD Designs no longer reflected the direction I was taking as a designer. The logo lacked distinctiveness and needed a revamp! This coincided with the development of my online portfolio. Therefore, I needed to develop a new sense of direction in my personal brand and to include this on my website.
I have designed a monogram and wordmark that better fits my new direction as a designer. I also updated my name from RD Designs to Rachel's Design Lab to capture the fun and experimental portions of my work as well as my process driven approach to design. The lab theme runs through the icon set I have developed as part of the rebrand. I have incorporated my personal brand on my portfolio website and presented prototypes of how the brand could be included on touchpoints.
I researched leaders in the field of type and graphic design including Wim Crouwel and Armin Hofmann, as I wanted to adopt a modernist approach in my wordmark and monogram. I also looked at designers such as Saul Bass and researched colour, type and web design in good detail to develop a clear direction for my brand and website. I have included some examples of the work I drew inspiration from below. To see my original portfolio website inspiration, check out my blog post research for portfolio website.
My research helped spark my creative direction and I used the above influences to help me produce a number of minimalist style monograms. The work of Wim Crouwel was particularly influential in the development of my wordmark. I also used my research on portfolio websites to help me in the design and structure of my own website.
The monogram was created by initially sketching ideas and combinations of the letters RD to present Rachel’s Design Lab and my name Rachel Donaldson. I selected the outcome I felt was most unique and memorable. I also liked that the ‘D’ could be found within the ‘R’.
The typeface DM Sans was used as the basis for the customised type the wordmark was created in. Portions of the letters have been straightened to create a more interesting digital type feel to the wordmark.
Icons were first sketched and then drawn up on illustrator. The style was influenced by the visual marquee created of a lab worker that was not selected for the logo. As the outcome brought out the lab theme I decided to incorporate it as part of an icon set. I experimented with different styles and sizes. I chose the best outcomes and then recreated each using a guide to ensure visual consistency across the set.
The wordmark was created in a customised version of DM Sans. Space Mono was selected for all headings due to its bold spacing and digital type feel. DM Sans was selected for body text to compliment the wordmark and to make the body text clear and easy to read.
A monochrome colour scheme was selected for Rachel’s Design lab using only a vivid purple and off white. This compliments the brands desired minimalist outcome.
Writing my bio and about me section
Monogram planning and sketches
Monogram development and final outcomes
Typography and wordmark research and design
Creating a visual marque
Rachel's Design Lab brand guidelines
Website planning and workflow
Research for portfolio website
Website wireframes and prototyping
Developing my portfolio website