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  • Writer's pictureKevin Lindon Ryan

Style Comes and Goes, and Sometimes, So Does Branding

Chocolate Fest, Louisville, 2013.

Growing up, I had an innate attraction to style and design. I loved everything about personal expression — from painting to performing arts and even picking my outfit for the day.

After my best friend Dennis passed away, and I moved to Washington, DC for graduate school, this passion — that I believed to be forever and always — disintegrated.

Style was a commonality between me and Dennis. When he and I first met, I complimented his shoes, and that's when we became best friends. (They were Cole Haans that he splatter-painted.)

My personal brand disappeared while I coped with his absence. It was not until I worked with B. Smith and Dan Gasby, as clients in graduate school, that I reunited with my sense of style.

Dennis was impeccable, and so is B. Smith. She represents a sophistication that can be seen everywhere: her restaurants, her own appearance, and her cookbooks, tips, and products at Bed Bath & Beyond. She reminded me of him.

As I began to get back to the person I was before his passing, I enrolled in a Visual Strategies in Public Relations course as part of American University's MA in Strategic Communication program. My world started to turn right side up again. That's when I learned graphic design principles and elements, color theory, and how to create logos and brochures with Adobe Creative Suite.

When I work with clients, often times, they know they need a rebranding like they would a new hairstyle or look. Usually, they are afraid and putting off when to start. When you consult with experts in the field, even for a 30-minute free consultation, it's like branding therapy. It becomes easier and less scary.

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