How to write a project brief
Knowing how to write a project brief is an important part of beginning a project. But as a critical part of any creative project, they are often not included from the outset.
Essentially, a brief is a note of the core components of a project, detailing what is required, and when.
In a project where design is required, there is a temptation on the part of the client to think that the designer’s job is ’to make something look good’ – while that may be true in part, the process is a little more complex.
Creatives are creative by nature, but disciplined by profession. So when we work on a project with a client we are looking for key information from the outset, to ensure that what is delivered as a final product is what the client acually had in mind. Design is always a content-led process – with an end-product in mind.
There are a variety of details that make the difference to what is required in a creative project, and these should be detailed in any project brief.
– What the piece to be created is
– Published output (Print/Screen etc)
– Print specifications (if printed)
– Content – To include all text content and imagery
– Any brand guidelines that need to be adhered to
– Deadline required by
By nature of how I work, the service offered by Tentmaker Creative is a little more encompassing. It’s normal for me to hand-hold a client through the process of defining what they need, collating content, creating a piece and ordering the final product – but it is imperative that the client understands as much of the process as possible.
Regular clients will have a Marketing Support Sheet from Tentmaker – this helps me determine the exact needs of your project before I start working on it. If you aren’t sure of how to develop a project brief for your project you might like to take a look. Let me know if you would appreciate a copy.
Not working to a brief can often lead to delays and confusion on projects, something that neither party wants. Define your needs and ideas from the outset and there is every chance your project will take up less time, and less money.
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