Establish Your Brand Identity Using The 5 Elements of Feng Shui
Just like the foundation or of your house, your brand is the cornerstone of your business and sets the tone for everything that happens thereafter. And just as our homes communicate an energy inside and out, so do all aspects of your brand messaging and design.
Ultimately, the same vibrational energy of what your business puts out will be what comes back to you. Being intentional and mindful in your choices will ensure that your brand, and energy, is unified, cohesive and balanced to attract success and good fortune.
Why is brand design important? Optimized design and data visualization helps make complex information accessible to a diverse audience, and is especially beneficial for energy-sensitive individuals or the nearly 20 percent of the global population diagnosed as Neurodiverse.
So how do you create a harmonious, engaging and ND-friendly brand identity? It's all about the details!
Your Business Sector
First, identify what elements your business niche falls in. Every business or entrepreneur will be reflected in one of the five earth elements, which are connected to the physical/sensory world. Of course, not every business will fall under a single element. In fact, most will overlap into multiple elements.
Material: Light, Heat
Examples: Creative Studios, Artists & Performers, Fast Food, Retail Stores, Sports, Massage Therapists, Electronics.
Material: Dirt, Stone
Examples: Mining, Masonry, Construction, Fine Dining, Grocery Stores, Hospitality, Real Estate, Agriculture, Ceramic Arts, Waste Management, Law Enforcement, Health Care
Examples: Banking, Accounting, Technology, Government Offices, Manufacturing, Security, Engineering
Examples: Cleaning Services, Tourism, Transportation, Spas, Recruitment Agencies, Marine Studies, Outdoor Recreation, Marketing & Communications.
Material: Plants, Trees
Examples: Education, Child Care, Floral Business, Clothing, Publishing, Carpentry, Biological Sciences, Medicine, Lumber.
"Man must go back to nature for information."
Tell your brand story as you would the dynamic cycle of the elements on the earth - grounded in history, full of anticipation and on-going transformation.
Water: beginning, founding
Wood: character development
Fire: challenges, failures, gaps
Earth: history, mission
Metal: vision, strategy
Feng shui is all about metaphors and symbolism. There are countless subliminal messages you are communicating with the visuals in your marketing. Choose graphics, photography, vidoe or illustrations based on what represents the highest meaning of success in your niche - what are it's innate strengths?
Fire: active and social people or animals.
Earth: stabile and nurtured people or animals.
Wood: landscapes, nature, growth.
Water: mobility, movement, transitions, leadership.
Metal: structures, systems.
Brand Voice & Tone
Begin to craft your taglines, key phrases and other communication styles of your brand based on that element's "personality"- their innate qualities and characteristics. For the best energy (and customer appeal), aim to be explicitly clear, concise and consistent in what you say and how say it and strive to communicate in a way customers will perceive as uplifting and cheerful.
Fire: friendly, passionate & enthusiastic
Earth: nurturing, practical, grounding
Metal: organized, efficient, disciplined
Water: contemplative, dreaming, creative
Wood: inspirational, progressive, productive
Each element has a corresponding color scheme which evokes certain moods and emotions. Choose your colors strategically to mirror your brand personality.
Fire: reds, oranges, purples, pinks, or bright yellows.
Earth: dark yellows, tans, browns.
Metal: grays or whites.
Water: blues or greys.
Wood: browns or greens.
Single-hue color scales, especially in muted, neutral or pastel hues can be a better solution for many projects. Using drastically different colors to differentiate data points can be overstimulating and overwhelming to some.
Incorporate shapes in your logo, including the overall shape or the shapes of symbols within the logo. These shapes are associated with each element:
Having a primary font that aligns with your element is important, but also it's best to choose two other distinct typefaces which complement the primary. A triad is considered lucky in feng shui, and the interaction will create a dynamic visual interest on your website and marketing materials as they are strategically dispersed through key words, headings and subheadings.
Fire: edgy and angular
Earth: square lettering
Wood: thin narrow , serifs
Water: cursive, scripts, italics
Metal: rounded, modern san-serifs
ND Notes: Serif fonts, like Times New Roman, may be less readable for neurodiverse audiences, so it's advisable to use sans-serif fonts. Sans-serif fonts offer better readability and flexibility through different weights and sizes.
The most important thing to remember when designing your feng shui brand is to avoid elements that are connected through an overpowering Yin cycle. To understand this concept, simply refer back to nature and visualize the interaction between two opposing elements:
Wood consumes Water
Fire burns Wood
Earth smothers Fire
Metal blocks Earth
Water erodes Metal
Avoid clutter when crafting copy or visuals. Give lots of space between sentences, paragraphs, photos and more. White space is extremely valued in feng shui because it allows Chi to circulate freely, so make sure this is incorporated into your brand's style guidelines. This helps significantly with readability, and from a digital/SEO perspective it's a win because it invites the reader to linger on your page longer.
Create a clear visual hierarchy to help readers to easily find the title, description, primary graphic, and key.
Break up large bodies of text with visual elements to enhance comprehension.
Balance symmetry and asymmetry for visual stability.
Patterns, both organic and geometric, appeal to the human need for predictability and repetition and is particularly important for neurodivergent audiences. Structure can improve understanding and navigation of large amounts of information.
How To Use Your Feng Shui Brand
Display your energy whenever and wherever possible. Take all opportunities, small and large, to market yourself. Using your consistent visual across a variety of platforms and mediums creates the strongest vibrational frequency and a memorable, effective brand. The most common examples
Print promotional materials
Billboards and other signage
Need assistance creating YOUR one-of-a-kind feng shui brand? Let's chat!
Love, Light (and LESS)
Erin Bowers is a certified feng shui consultant, holistic business coach, and organic growth marketer for earth and energy-based businesses.
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