Top 10 tips for a great graphic design brief

Written on the 19 November 2015 by Snap Marketing

How do you get the design you want? By creating an effective graphic design brief.

Whether you're working with a graphic designer on a new website, catalogue, logo or promotional flyers for your business, it's crucial to give them a clear and detailed brief.

If you're not sure exactly what you want, start by sharing any general thoughts and ideas you may have and Snap can work with you to develop it into a brief. The more information you can provide them with, the better the end result will be.

Here's our top 10 tips for any graphic design brief:

1. Corporate profile

Don't assume a designer knows your business. Write a paragraph explaining who you are and what you do. Include a summary, a brief history, the products/services you provide and distribution.

2. Target audience

What is the demographic of the people you want to reach the age, gender, income, location and lifestyle?

3. Market position

Describe where your product or service stands amongst the competition. What makes your business different from the rest?

4. Objectives

What is it that you're after: poster, promotional flyer, website, email?
What do you want to achieve with the project?
Provide all the specifications: size, where it will be used, etc.

5. Overview

Why do you need this graphic design work now? Have you relaunched? Are you about to introduce a new product?

6. Copy and pictures

What copy and pictures will you need to go with the design? Who will be providing these?

7. Background

Give your designer any past and present communication you've done. Tell them what worked and what didn't.

8. Examples of relevant work

It might help to include some examples of other work you like so the designer can see what your tastes are.

9. Deadline

Ask the designer what they think is a realistic deadline and work around that. A deadline too tight may restrict creativity.

10. Budget

Ask around to find out what's reasonable for the size of your project.

At Snap, our experienced graphic designers know how to bring your ideas to life. Contact your local Snap Centre today for more information.

Author:Snap Marketing
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