Build Your Own Graphic Design Brief | FREE Brief Template & Client Sheet Download

July 31, 2019 posted by

Hey guys and welcome to this video Gareth here. So before we begin any new project We ideally need a good, well thought
out design brief to begin the design process. As discussed in a previous episode: A good design brief is one that
includes all the key information a designer can use to create the best result. Now it’s not always the case that a
design brief will be presented to you. Depending on who you’re working for
or with you may be given a well detailed brief you may be given some verbal instructions
or you may be given no brief at all. Some clients may feel that a meeting
will be more beneficial where ideas and projects can be discussed verbally in a more informal and collaborative scenario. Whatever the case may be you will
want to establish a solid design brief before starting a design project. In this video I am going to show case some free resources you can use to create a brief for yourself in the event you are not given one. If you would like to follow along and
acquire these you can download them for free the link is in the description. So in the event you are not issued
with a design brief before project understanding what the client wants
and extracting key information from them to build the brief can be a challenge. Key information will rarely be
submitted to you by the client. More often than not you will have to actively seek the information from the client yourself. Today there are many ways to acquire
the information you need. You can do this over telephone,
a skype call, a meeting face to face, or over email via a questionnaire. In my experience I find using a client brief sheet brings back all the key information I need This is basically a questionnaire
for the client to fill in at the very start of a project. So to collect information
from a client start with the client brief sheet. In the downloadable folder you will find three folders. The first folder is called project sheet. In this folder you will find a text file.
This is a basic document I have put together which I send to the client for them to fill in. I use this to extract key information from the client
and help them think about the criteria and the project and what it is they want. In my experience the client is pretty receptive to this
and will take some time to fill this in. Now the next folder is project sheet to print. In this folder you will find one PDF document. If you open this you will find a blank client sheet. Now if you plan on gathering information verbally at a medium instead of over email you can print this one off and use it to write on to acquire the key information for the project. So here you have the flexibility to
use either a print or digital client sheet. So the last folder is brief template. In this folder you’ll find a template
for InDesign and one for Illustrator. These are some documents I have prepared earlier and I use them to drop in all the information
I received back from the project sheets. So first I’ll open the InDesign template. Once open you will see that
this carries across three pages. Here you can paste in any information into each
section or customise accordingly. Now if you press W on the keyboard
to activate normal mode here you can see that I have placed some type
in tables to maintain the good structure and some outside.
This is all placed neatly into one continuous frame which carries over on the page two to make it easy to manage. The deliverable section is contained in
a separate frame on the second page and there is an extra page for any additional notes. Now you may notice that the default font is set to Aerial. Now if you come up to window, scroll down to styles, and click character styles in the panel you will see the Styles set for the type in this document. Here we see section headers,
paragraphs and sub headers. Now if you decide to click on these the character
styles option menu box will open. If you click on basic character formats on the left.
Here you can change the font properties over on the right and this will be applied to the document. Do this for each style and you will
be able to apply your own font. Now should you want to check the
boxes to highlight requirements carefully click on the box stroke
and over in the tools menu click the swap fill and stroke arrows
just above the fill and stroke colour to fill the boxes. So the next template is an Illustrator file. Now if you do not have InDesign
or prefer to use Illustrator you can use this one. Once opened you will find this much the same as the InDesign but with a slightly different layout. This is because Illustrator works
a little different from InDesign and you cannot have frames going over pages here Here you can also customize the
fonts by coming up to window scrolling down to type.
Then over to type styles and just like in InDesign you will see the character styles
for section headers, paragraph and sub headers. Double click on these and you can edit the styles So once you have placed in all the key information from your project sheet into the templates you can then export these off as PDF documents. This can now be shared and discussed with a client for approval or refinements. Once this is all approved the design process can begin. So that is how you can effectively
create a design brief from scratch. Well I hope you enjoyed this video. If you did hit the like button on my Facebook page. If you’d like to see more videos like this
in future hit the subscribe button and you can also follow me on Twitter @TastyTuts. Well that’s it for another video. Thanks for watching,
have fun guys and I’ll see you next time. have fun guys and I’ll see you next time.

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30 Replies to “Build Your Own Graphic Design Brief | FREE Brief Template & Client Sheet Download”

  1. Peter Thompson says:

    Hi Gareth,

    Great work as always. I am downloading the Brief Templates using CS3 but It won't allow me to view all the pages. Do you have a fix for this?

  2. muhib hasan says:

    Hi Gareth,
    I have learned more practical stuff from you than from my school for which I am really thankful to you.

  3. TG Himanshu says:

    I think you are the bestest ever as I learned almost whole Photoshop from you thanks thanks

  4. Alexandre X1WE says:

    excellent! Thank you so much .

  5. HubbleFunk says:

    Great advice as always! Many thanks!

  6. Christopher Ugo says:

    Your tutorials in adobe photoshop and illustrator are excellent and explicit with top-notch delivery. I have really learned a lot from you. You simply make learning fun and easy to understand. I can't wait to learn and practice abobe indesign from You are the bomb….Big Up BOSS!!

  7. nadia jubli says:

    You give the best tutorial ever

  8. Lucie Crystal says:

    Your voice is so soothing…

  9. Nataliya Boyko says:

    you are soooo brilliant!

  10. Effy Simon says:

    Hi Gareth,I'm a big fan of your work from INDIA…. thanks for the tutorials

  11. 102623 Qasim says:

    Great, You Are Amazing

  12. Nathanael Themen says:

    Great tutorials. Just now I've watched the whole series about the briefing. I got just 1 question. When you make a briefing for the client do you charge for it? I mean it's still work you know…

  13. Marcus Vinicius Teixeira says:

    thank you, buddy

  14. Andrew Gray says:

    Hi Gareth,Thanks for your tutorials I especially valued the equipment and reading material video.

  15. sami b says:

    how to use the guideline of the design brief in the design process and stay on track

  16. Sol Hillary says:

    Thank you for taking the time to put this online.

  17. Thabitha Serumula says:

    Gareth, thank you for sharing your gift of teaching. You're such a natural and your voice; your patience and structure is so brilliant. I'm learning everyday from your tutorials all the way in South Africa

  18. Anuja Fernando says:

    Really AWESOME tutorials Gareth . . . RATING OF 10 STARS although usually it should be five!!!!! Keep up your great tutorials mate! Looking forward to going through all your awesome tutorials from time to time . . . will definitely recommend to every designer in the world . . . 🙂

  19. Eugenefugate2 says:

    Thank you for all that you do, these videos have helped me in so many ways and judging by the comments they have helped many others. Please keep doing what you're doing!

  20. Shawn M. Schmidt says:

    Thanks for the template.

  21. Harlan Gunawan says:

    Hai Gareth
    Thank you for all amazing information. Greeting from Indonesia.

  22. Ghadah m says:

    your awsome man

  23. Graphic Tutor says:

    you are a really good designer

  24. Jeevan Shrestha says:

    Sir need some tutorials on Motion Graphics…… And which software…. To use……

  25. ZSA Design and Consulting says:

    Thank you for the information, Gareth. Very clear and useful presentation! A small note: the file from the link is named "…TempALtes" rather than "tempLAtes". Cheers.

  26. Mns Ash says:

    I really enjoyed in every minute in your channel thank you alot ilove what you doing keeep work on from q8

  27. faisal yadam says:

    Thank you Gareth!
    My god bless you.

  28. Caesar Kofi Sakyi says:

    Thanks David for this tutorial. The link doesn't seem to be working though

  29. Omari Parris says:

    Excellent. Making use of this right now

  30. chronical says:

    Jesus christ most underrated topic in the design school

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