Bringing Our Brand To Life Hard Knox Identity Guidlines
Understanding us Hard Knox has been around since 1999 and has two locations. One in SOMA on 3rd street and one on Clement and 26th in the Richmond. The inside is covered in corrugated steel walls. The tables and chairs are red. The general feel is southern kitsch. There are rusted tools and fishing equipment on the walls.
Audience Profile Customer base is mixed. Primarily young white and Asian groups with some families and couples. The majority of customers were wearing hoodies, jeans, and sneakers. They seemed at ease and were smiling, joking with the occasional high five. The younger crowd were looking at smart phones until their food came. The customers were usually in groups of two with a few larger groups. The place starts getting filled up around seven p.m., especially on the weekend.
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Perception/Tone/Guidelines The design should convey that Hard Knox is an unpretentious, yet clean, establishment were you can sit down with friends & loved ones and enjoy delicious Soul food. The use of corrugated steel as a veneer fits their aesthetic but there are too many objects decorating the walls. The ceiling lights should be dimmed and the accent lights should be turned up.
Communication Strategy The menu needs a cleaner layout. Currently it has colored text laid on top of images. It is hard to read and looks tacky. The layout should be simplified and given a more authentic feel. The fonts should be friendly but not cheap or goofy.
Competitive Positioning There are only two Soul Food establishments in San Francisco that deliver. The other being Gussieâ€™s Chicken and Waffles. According to Gussieâ€™s track record on yelp the average review that mentions delivery gives them a 2 out of 5 stars. The majority of the reviews directly reference missing items, poor quality food, and lateness of delivery. They are one of the few restaurants in the area that have a good beer selection. That includes some of the local bars. More importantly, for some, they are one of the only restaurants in the area that serve breakfast.
Table of contents 01 master logo 03 master alternatives 05 alternate logo 07 logo sizes 08 exclusion zone 09 colors 11 typography 15 products 23 buisness card 24 letter head
Brand Elements: Master Logo
The Hard Knox logo has been designed to reflect traditional Soul Food light up signs with a modern twist.
The dots are offset to give the logo a sense of depth. The space in between the color background and lights must stay blank. Do not fill it in. The same goes for the text. If you need to place the logo over color use the knockout logo which is covered on the next page.
Being owned by Non African Americans in San Francisco, the logo is meant to display an affection for Soul Food and its roots without trying to co-opt itâ€™s heritage.
When reproducing the logo, only use the artwork supplied. Do not alter the logo in any way. This is critical to create a recognizable identity.
The band of dots are a reductive rendering of bulbs that line old school light up signs.
Brand Elements: Master Logo Alternates
Black and White logo
This logo is only to be used when color is not available. Avoid over use as the color scheme is integral to the brand.
The knockout logo is only to be used over dark images or colors. Be careful to make sure the image is dark and simple enough to not obscure the logo. If using over a color, make sure the color is dark enough to use the knockout. Note: The rectangles of color are just examples of what the logo would look like on a colored or black page. Do not use the rectangles as part of the logo.
Brand Elements: Alternate Logo
Here is the alternate Hard Knox logo. This logo is to be used only when there isnâ€™t enough room for the master logo or when the master logo would seem too loud. The color logo should always be used unless color is unavailable. The colors keep a sense of conformity with the master logo, do not change them. Here are a few examples of the alternative logo knocked out of a color page. Never use a color rectangle with the logo in white.
Design Elements: Logo sizes
Design Elements: Exclusion zone
The master logo is never to be used smaller than 2 inches. Below this size the tag line becomes indistinguishable.
The exclusion zone for the master logo is set by the capital H height. This gives the logo space to breathe and a sense of importance.
The alternate logo is not to be used smaller than 1 inches. Smaller than this size the word cafe is indistinguishable.
The alternate logoâ€™s exclusion zone is set by the lower case x in Hard Knox. The smaller logo is simpler therefore needs less space. 1 in
Design Elements: Colors
HSV 59.86.65 RGB 166.164.23 CMYK 0.1.86.35 LAB 66.-14.65 HEX A6A417
HSV 203.91.65 RGB 15.108.166 CMYK 22.214.171.124 LAB 44.-3.-38 HEX 0F6CA6 Primary colors are a dark teal and mustard green. Do not approximate these colors by eye. They have been mathmaticly paired and approximations will throw off the balance.
The colors are meant to be a nod to mustard greens, a staple of soul food and a shade of blue that is typically used for type in soul food signs. The secondary colors are meant to be used as accents. The chairs and tables inside Hard Knox are red and if used properly red can help tie the brand together. Black is a safe color for type, accents, and the logo when color is not an option.
HSV 0.100.80 RGB 204.0.0 CMYK 0.100.100.20 LAB 43.68.57 HEX 43.68.57
HSV 0.0.9 RGB 23.23.23 CMYK 0.0.0.91 LAB 8.0.0 HEX 171717
Design Elements: Typography
Soul Handwriting Regular ABCDEFGHIJKLM NOPQRSTUVWXYZ abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 0123456789
San Francisco Soul Food Drinks
Eats Hard Knoxâ€™s typography consists of one typeface: Soul Handwriting Regular. Soul Handwriting is a bold font used for headlines. It is not to be used for body text. For body text, see the next page. In addition to headlines Soul Handwriting can be used for taglines and single sentences. The handwritten aesthetic goes along with the vintage look Hard Knox is trying to incorporate.
Chicken 'n Waffles
Fried Chicken Pot Pie
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Fresh Lemonade 2.50
Jambalaya Pasta or Rice 12
Design Elements: Typography
Verdana Regular ABCDEFGHIJKLM NOPQRSTUVWXYZ abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 0123456789
Verdana Bold ABCDEFGHIJKLM NOPQRSTUVWXYZ abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 0123456789
All internal communications should use Verdana regular. You may use Verdana Bold for headers and to signify importance. Using Verdana will guarantee everyone can see communications clearly. Do not use a different font as others may not have it on their computer and can make text hard to read.
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Brand Elements: Products
What follows are some examples of how the Hard Knox Brand can be applied to products. Hard Knox will need coffee mugs. To keep with the comfort food angle the mugs will use one of the black and white logos placed in a typical fashion. The logo should always be centered and placed horizontally.
Brand Elements: Products
Being in San Francisco Hard Knox would be foolhardy to not sell messenger bags. People who use messenger bags are usually more open to alternative designs so it is alright to be somewhat unorthodox with the logo. Tilting and obscuring part of the logo is acceptable here.
Brand Elements: Products
Playing on the idea that people who eat a lot of soul food are heavy weâ€™ve placed the Hard Knox logo near the bottom of the T-shirt causing the logo to stretch over larger stomachs. You will notice the logo on the T-shirt is different than the previously presented logo. This is because the ink from silk screening will crack over time. When screened in large blocks the cracks happen more rapidly and are more noticeable.
Brand Elements: Products
Here is an example of how the brand can be used in a modern and vintage sense. On one hand you have the smaller, black alternate logo applied to a distressed set of cards which have a vintage feel. On the other you have a large alternate of the master logo knocked out over the primary blue color. This can be done on smaller nonessential items. Do not do this with menus, signage, mugs, or anything that is traditionally seen or used in a restaurant.
Brand Elements: Business card
123 Fake Street P.O. Box 555 San Francisco, CA 94121 415-555-0123 415-555-0124 Fax
Addressee Name Company Name Address City, State, Zip
Salutation, Richmond Fake Guy
In charge of stuff
fakeguy@hardknox. com 415-555-1234
2448 Clement Street
San Francisco, CA 94121 PH 415-752-3770
Mon-Th, Sun 11a.m. - 9 p.m. Fri-Sat 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.
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The Hard Knox Buisness card is a great example of the duality of the brand. On one side you have the faded paper with script writing but on the other you have a more modern single color logo.
Trevor Myers DAI 325 05.09.13
Published on May 9, 2013