4 Practical Tips for Designing Effective Brochures

Even in the Internet age, businesses still design, print and distribute promotional brochures. A well-made brochure includes the basic facts about your company, particularly contact information, but doesn't overload readers with too much data. The brochure needs an attractive design and a headline that grabs attention. Good brochures give the reader an incentive to act, such as a free gift if she contacts the company.

Before you design a brochure, you need to know its role in your company's marketing plan: A brochure you mail out to prospective customers needs to provide them more information than one you hand to people who just sat through your sales pitch. The key steps are to identify your audience, determine the message you want them to hear and then to create the brochure as an appropriate messenger.

1. Plan out the brochure layout before you begin designing

Before you start setting up a print-ready file, take some time to finalize the following components:

Color scheme – If you already have a color palette that you use in your branding, you obviously want to stick with those. Otherwise, find a color scheme that will best complement your business (e.g. bright, bold colors for fast-casual restaurants, muted earth-tone colors for spas and luxury hotels, and classic combinations like white, black, and red for traditional services such as banking).

Fonts – Your fonts should be simple and easy-to-read. Stick to 2 or 3 classic and versatile fonts like Helvetica or Georgia and use script fonts sparingly.

Content – Write out all the text for each panel on a separate document so you can copy and paste as needed.

Images – Gather high-resolution versions of all the photos and graphics you plan to use within the brochure.

2. Each brochure should have a clear purpose

A brochure is one of the best ways to display a comprehensive overview of your product or business in a neat and organized manner. In order to increase your chances of readers taking a desired action, make sure to clearly define the overall goal of each brochure as well as each panel within the brochure.

When potential clients or customers are perusing brochure display racks, you want to quickly grab their interest and make it easy to find something that appeals to them. Keep the cover simple, with the text limited to the bare minimum needed to convey the brochure’s subject matter. Each panel should have a clear header such as “how to order” or “contact us.”

3. Keep the overall design simple and clean

One of the more common mistakes we see is business owners wanting to use every inch of space on their promotional materials. While that is understandable, using too much text and too many design elements can result in a printed piece that not only appears cluttered, but confuses and overwhelms the reader.

When designing your brochure, try to stick to no more than 4 colors and no more than 3 fonts. Don’t be afraid of white space – when used correctly, it makes adds emphasis to your text and makes the information easier to retain.

4. Choose your Fold that matches the feel of your Business

The unfold print are usually called "Flyers". The folds are what separate a brochure from other types of print marketing materials. Use them to your advantage by utilizing a unique fold for each type of brochure you make. For example, if you own a restaurant, you may want to use a larger half-fold menu for your dine-in customers, but offer more compact tri-fold menus to place in delivery and take-out orders.

Our Popular folds include:

Z-Fold – Perfect to present different services or products on separate panels. Nonprofits can also use these to display various donor levels.

Open Gate Fold – Real estate agents love using this fold to showcase their listings – feature a gorgeous exterior shot on the cover and stunning interior images on the inside.

Closed Gate Fold – This fold is similar to an open gate brochure but with an additional final vertical fold. Perfect for retail store grand opening invitations or even personal birthday party invitations!

Accordion – Similar layout to a Z-Fold brochure but with an additional panel. Perfect for companies looking to recruit new employers or investors – use one side to present a timeline of significant events and milestone dates.

Half Fold then Tri-Fold – Use this 12 panel brochure for more comprehensive topics or subjects. These are especially popular with amusement parks and other venues, as they can unfold to reveal a large map.

For some customers, the brochure will be their first encounter with your company, so it has to make a great first impression. With computer technology, you can put together information of a brochure overnight on your laptop, but if you have no design experience, we're the right tool for you. Treat your brochure as professionally as you would your website or your sales calls: Paying for a quality design is preferable to saving money than having design mistakes to print.

If you are still unsure for your brochure design ideas for your business, You may get in touch with us for advice and enquiries on whatsapp +65 8753 0413! Free consultation available!


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