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How To Create the Perfect Brochure Design

If you were given the task of creating a brochure for your company, you may be wondering where to start. Whether or not you have any design experience, this task may be overwhelming without some guidelines. At O’Neil, we believe in the power of paper. We help our clients create more business for themselves by crafting the right paper goods for their marketing materials. We want to set you up for success by walking you through how to create the perfect brochure design, because we believe perfect brochures do exist.


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Talk to your team

Before you begin design, discuss with your team about what information must be present in the brochure. A brochure is meant to be a quick presentation of your services and should not be overwhelming for the reader. Consider the purpose of your brochure. Is it a guide? Is it a description of your service? Is it going to be used to introduce a new product?


Keep your brand in mind

Think about the colors used to represent your business and try to stick with those colors. The design should fit your company and show exactly what you do. When designing the brochure, also think about who your audience is. For a doctor’s office, the brochure should convey safety and professionalism. For a new tech product, the brochure should be bright, engaging, and clear. Read our post about branding your company’s print materials here.


Don’t go overboard on the fonts

For a brochure design, you’ll need a maximum of three fonts: a heading font, subheading font, and a font for the body of the text. The copy of the brochure should be as important as the design. Use engaging headers that readers want to open up. The copy should be written either before or during the design phase of the brochure to ensure all the content will fit properly.


Keep it simple

Use what is already working for your organization. Maybe it’s the fonts used on your website or the call-to-action on your postcard. A simple cover may be more appealing than a busy cover page with too much information.  


Use clear imagery for your brochure

We’ve seen a few designs for marketing materials that have less than clear images, and clients are shocked when they see their proofs. The images should be high-resolution and professional. If your project does not have a large budget for photography, use stock images that don’t feel too unnatural.


Think about the fold

Did you know there are several ways to fold your brochure? You’ve probably heard of the tri-fold, the most common brochure fold. There is also a half fold, z fold, gate fold, or a roll fold. Talk to us about how we can make your brochure stand out with a unique fold!


Brochure Design Folds - O'Neil Printing


It is our pride to help you create the materials your company needs to succeed. We offer you this guide in order to give you more of a clear solution for your project. We want to eliminate the frustration for you down the road by sharing tips on how to avoid creating a brochure with content that is overwhelming and has unclear images. Allow us to be your resource for print materials and feel free to ask your sales representatives for more tips to get better results with your projects.

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