Bringing Ideas to Life

A Look Inside Our Branding Session

In our latest adventure at Astrolabe Academy, we dove into the vibrant world of branding, exploring the essence of what makes a brand truly stand out. This was an inspiration session of creativity and insightful discussions. Our students shared their thoughts, aspirations, and even their favorite brands. We were reminded of the power of branding in shaping perceptions and telling a story.

Favorite Brands and Big Ideas

We kicked off with students sharing some of their favorite brands. This wasn’t just about logos and products; it was a deep dive into why these brands resonated with them on a personal level. For instance, what draws us in? Is it the innovation of Apple, the rugged adventure promised by Jeep, or the joyful creativity of LEGO? Each student’s choice offered a unique insight into their values and what they sought in a brand — a reflection of their personalities and aspirations.

Learning from the Greats

Taking inspiration from popular brands, we discussed what makes these entities more than just companies selling products. We explored how Apple’s simplicity in design and innovation, Nike’s empowerment in every stitch, and Coca-Cola’s message of happiness and togetherness have become core to their identities. It was an eye-opener for many students to see branding as the soul of a business, not just its outward appearance.

Personal Projects Take Center Stage

The highlight of our session was when students began to apply these lessons to their own projects. One student, already a step ahead, shared their developing brand, complete with a logo, chosen colors, a mission statement, and a dash of humor that perfectly encapsulated their personality and product. Their approach was a testament to how branding is not just about selling but about telling a story and making a connection.

Another student was in the process of crafting their logo, considering every line and hue to ensure it represented their project’s essence and their vision. This process sparked lively discussions about how branding goes beyond the visual elements to reflect the creator’s values, the project’s mission, and the message they wish to convey to the world.

Reflections and Revelations

As our session wrapped up, it was clear that students were walking away with a newfound appreciation for the role of branding in their projects. They understood that a well-crafted brand could turn their ideas and products into stories that resonate with people, reflecting not just what they are selling but who they are.

The session was a reminder that branding is an art form that blends creativity, strategy, and personal expression. Our students’ reactions — from excitement and determination to curiosity about the endless possibilities — highlighted the transformative power of branding in bringing their ideas to life.

Looking Forward

The journey of developing a brand is just beginning for many of our students, but the foundation laid during our session has prepared them to approach it with confidence, creativity, and a sense of true ownership over their projects. As they continue to build and refine their brands, we look forward to seeing how each unique identity develops and the impact it will have on their success.


Join the Conversation

As we continue to navigate the complexities of communication and relationships, the lessons learned in this session are just the beginning. We’d love to keep this conversation going in our FB group and hear more about your experiences and strategies in conflict resolution and negotiation. Whether you’re a teen eager to share your own journey, a parent observing growth in your child, or an educator looking for innovative teaching methods, your insights enrich our collective understanding. Join us in this ongoing dialogue by sharing your stories and tips in the comments below or on our social media platforms. Together, we can build a community of thoughtful communicators, ready to tackle life’s challenges with confidence and empathy.


Join the discussion about this and other high school education topics in our Facebook Group "Alternatives to High School". The goal of the group is to give parents a place to discuss options to public/private school and standardized curriculum as well as share resources for educating teens.

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