Faculty of Economics and Business Administration Publications Database

The Effect of Brand Design on Brand Gender Perceptions and Brand Preference

Lieven, Theo
Grohmann, Bianca
Herrmann, Andreas
van Tilburg, Miriam
Volume: 49
Number: 1/2
Pages: 146 - 169
ISSN-Print: 0309-0566
ISSN-Online: 1758-7123
Link External Source: Online Version
Year: 2015
Keywords: Brand equity; Brand gender; Brand personality; Brand design; Evolutionary psychology

Purpose – This research aims to examine the impact of brand design elements (logo shape, brand name, type font and color) on brand masculinity and femininity perceptions, consumer preferences and brand equity.

Design/methodology/approach – This research empirically tests the relation between brand design elements, brand masculinity and femininity and brand preferences/equity in four studies involving fictitious and real brands.

Findings – Brand design elements consistently influenced brand masculinity and femininity perceptions. These, in turn, significantly related to consumer preferences and brand equity. Brand masculinity and femininity perceptions successfully predicted brand equity above and beyond other brand personality dimensions.

Research limitations/implications – Although this research used a wide range of brand design elements, the interactive effects of various design elements warrant further research.

Practical implications – This research demonstrates how markers of masculinity and femininity that are discussed in the evolutionary psychology literature can be applied to the brand design of new and existing brands.

Originality/value – This research considers the impact of multiple brand design elements (logo shape, brand name, type font and color) and involves a wide range of brands and product categories.