AW13-16 – Semester Project 1

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In my semester project I chose to make a visual profile and some print material for my business, Hoser og bånd, and applying this in a pamphlet for selected products sold in online store. The project period is from medio February 2021 until the delivery date in April 2021.

Name of customer

Hoser & Bånd (VAT number 825 496 572)

Business / Concept

Hoser & Bånd is a small business located in Elverum, run by me. In this business, I produce items related to the Norwegian national costume, bunad – particularly the bands that the men have around their knees to keep their stockings in place. These are called “hosebånd” or “sock band” (directly translated). I also knit stockings for various types of bunads and weave bunad related bands such as belts, suspenders, and hair bands.

Figure 1 Examples of products sold at hoserogband.no

Profile

Hoser & Bånd has existed since 1996, with an online presence since 2018: a website, a Facebook Page and an Instagram profile. The products are available for purchase on all three platforms. Despite being present on several digital medias, the business has no coherent visual profile. The existing website is developed by the incident method. The business has no logo, no visual identity, a random colour palette that has changed several times during the last 2 years, and no templates for printed materials. The business has no clear brand message and no recognizable visual appearance. The brand identity is totally missing.

Vision

The aim of this business is not to make money. Performing crafts of this kind is time consuming and the willingness to pay is low among customers.  However, Hoser & Bånd wishes to be an actor within the arts and crafts community and a go-to business in matters related to the products I sell in the webshop. To do so, Hoser & Bånd must have a strong brand value in the marked, and a coherent visual identity may contribute.

Audience

The target audience for Hoser & Bånd is everyone interested in our national costumes, either because they are sewing their own, need a gift for someone who is getting a bunad or runs a store that sews and/or sells bunads. The age range is wide, and the majority of the customers are age 30+. Based on order history from 1996 until 2021, most of the customers are females who are buying for their male partners, relatives or friends. A few are businesses that are sewing bunads for the same target group.

The markedplace is primarily based in Norway. During my years of making these products, I have had 1 sale outside Norway. It is not a priority to expand the marked to outside of Norway.

Justification for the choice of customer

To develop a logo for Hoser & Bånd has been in my mind for several years, but it has always been postponed due to more important or interesting projects. This may be the opportunity I need. However, I can see some challenges of designing to my own business: inside knowledge and inside biases may hinder me to see the bigger picture. My assumptions may also get in the way of creating quality user insights.

Troubleshooting (Products)

The logo will be either a word mark or a combination mark. The visual identity profile manual will describe the logo with variations, typography, colour palette, guidelines for product and environmental photography and apparel with the visual identity applied. The product description will be gathered in a pamphlet in size 210x210mm that describes the business and products. This pamphlet is for print and distribution on paper. The thank-you note is intended to be shipped with the product.

Brief style statement

Hoser & Bånd is a small business, with a close relation with tradition and culture. It is important to emphasize the handmade aspect of the products, the local focus and the personal touch the clients experience when they are interacting with me before, during and after purchase.

Date of completion / submission

23.04.21, 16.00

Project schedule

The projects schedule is not specified at a daily basis. Project work has to fit in to my other tasks, and some days I may work full days and some days not at all. However, the activities must be finished by the end of the scheduled week in order to keep the progress towards the due date.

This project is also scheduled in parallel with other assignments in the course and must be aligned with the schedule for these projects.

WeekDateHoursActivityActivity description
7-815-28.Feb20ResearchBusiness values, objectives, needs
Target audience analysis. Online research. Inspiration
91-7.March8Moodboard 
108-14.March12Sketching 
1115-21.March12Visual identity developmentLogo
1222.-28.March14Visual identity developmentBrand manual
1329.March-4.april8Templates for productsApplied to 3 products and gathered in a phamphlet
145.-11.April6Template for thank-you-noteSingle sheet A5
15-1612-23.April20Project reportDue April 23rd 16.00
 Total hours100h  

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