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

hey guys and welcome to this video Garcia 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 results 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 it is our project in this video uncondition okay some three 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 mcdoon 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 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 Meishan 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 end 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 to the project so here you have the flexibility to use either a print or digital climb 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 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 customize accordingly now if you press W on the keyboard to activate normal mode Q 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 to 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 Arial 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 beach style and you will be able to apply your boat font now should you want to check the boxes to highlight requirements carefully click on the box stroke and over the Tools menu click the swap fill and stroke arrows just above the filled and stroke color 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 open 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 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 these can now be shared and discussed with the 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 taystee chips well that's it for another video thanks for watching have fun guys

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

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

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

  3. 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.

  4. 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!

  5. 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 . . . 🙂

  6. 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

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

  8. 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…

  9. 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!!

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

  11. 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?

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