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A blog about branding, marketing, and design, mostly through the lens of practical psychology, intended to be a resource to small businesses and entrepreneurs. Unless otherwise noted, all articles are written by Nyla Smith, owner of n-Vision Designs. {Subscribe to the RSS feed here: RSS}

Brand Archetypes — Meet the Everyman

Nyla Smith | Tuesday, May 03, 2016

It seems one of the highest compliments bestowed upon a celebrity is that the superstar “is so down to earth!” The comfort and appeal of knowing that something or someone who is larger than life is actually “just one of us” is the pull of the Everyman archetype, and brands who are relatable in this way will go a long way in capturing the hearts of their consumers. Read Article »

Brand Archetypes — Meet the Explorer

Nyla Smith | Tuesday, April 05, 2016

Finding oneself — self-realization through discovery — is the ultimate goal of the Explorer.  In our Western culture, the Explorer archetype is an undercurrent running through all of society. Brands that spring forth from this current are those that speak to the need for freedom, adventure, and independence.
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Brand Archetypes — Meet the Magician

Nyla Smith | Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Transformation, change, renewal, metamorphosis, magic. No matter how you say it, the Magician archetype leaves others standing in amazement. Characterized by curiosity and foundational knowledge, the Magician finds solutions in science or the supernatural to create something from nothing — or turn a mess into a miracle. Read Article »

Brand Archetypes — Meet the Hero

Nyla Smith | Tuesday, February 23, 2016

The courageous triumph over adversity is the defining characteristic of the Hero archetype. Finding deep satisfaction, exhilaration, and purpose in this feat, the Hero archetype displays great tenacity to achieve it, with a “never give up” attitude. We’ve all been inspired — or saved — by a hero… where would we be without them?  Read Article »

Brand Archetypes — Meet the Lover

Nyla Smith | Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Intimacy and connection — no man is an island. People want to feel special and Lover brands exist to meet this need. In this journey we call life, what’s love got to do with it? Everything. Read Article »

Brand Archetype — Meet the Creator

Nyla Smith | Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Seemingly oxymoronic by nature, the Creator archetype desires freedom while at the same time deeply motivated by control. Hanging in this delicate balance, we find visionary and innovative brands that value imagination and self-expression, particularly in the fields of the arts, design, marketing, and technology.  Read Article »

Brand Archetypes — Meet the Sage

Nyla Smith | Tuesday, January 12, 2016

What is truth? If you are the Sage brand archetype, this is the question that keeps you up at night. A perfectionist by nature, the Sage won’t settle for ambiguity and is on a mission to analyze everything to find the right answer and share it with others. News outlets, museums, and universities fall under the Sage archetype. Read Article »

Brand Archetypes — Meet the Caregiver

Nyla Smith | Tuesday, December 29, 2015

The Caregiver brand archetype can be summed up in two words: compassionate and self-sacrificing. Picture the empathetic nurse or the helpful concierge, and you will see how the Caregiver archetype is a personality fit for brands which aim to nurture or serve others, from healthcare, to nonprofit, to hospitality industries. Read Article »

Brand Archetypes — Meet the Innocent

Nyla Smith | Tuesday, December 15, 2015

The cute kid, the dreamer, the optimist, the do-gooder. What do they all have in common? They are manifestations of the Innocent brand archetype, used by corporations to speak to two often unmet needs in our fast-paced, hectic lives – simplicity and happiness. Read Article »

Does Your Brand Have Multiple Personality Disorder? A Look at Brand Archetypes

Nyla Smith | Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Just like a person, your company’s brand has a unique personality, and how people connect with your brand has a huge impact on whether or not they want to do business with you. So what can you do to harness the full power of your brand’s personality? Read Article »


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