By The Book: Create a Style Guide for Your Brand

By ·Founder, Design Work Life + Seamless Creative

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Class Project

Create a style guide for a brand

You've spent quite a bit of time and energy developing a brand that both you and your client love. So, once it leaves your hands, how do you ensure that the identity is implemented in a way that does the brand justice? The simple answer is to develop a style guide.

Whether you are working with an identity for a client or for your own business, a style guide is an incredibly helpful tool. It ensures that the image you present to the world is consistent across all media, no matter who is doing the work. And whether your brand is large or small, it can greatly simplify the design and production process. 

What You'll Learn

In this class, we'll cover:

  • Different types of style guides, from minimal to complex.
  • The essential components of a style guide and how should you implement them.
  • Some optional style guide components that you may want to implement.
  • How to apply your brand identity to the style guide design.

Class Project

For our class project, you will take an existing brand identity and translate it into a detailed style guide for client (or your personal) use. In the end you will have a completed PDF style guide book—as minimal or complex as your brand requires—that is ready to share and put to use. 

Who is the class for?

If you've just completed a brand identity design, but aren't sure where to go next, or if you are hitting bumps in the road during implementation, this class is especially for you. This class is also great for anyone interested in branding to get an understanding of how the process unfolds. 

Prerequisites

Before taking this class you should have an understanding of general design principles, as well as working knowledge of and access to Adobe Illustrator and Adobe InDesign, or your favorite layout apps. It will also be necessary to have an existing brand identity to work with so that you have plenty of content to use for your guide. If you're curious about the brand identity process, you may want to take my other Skillshare class, Beyond the Logo: Crafting a Brand Identity. This style guide class will be a direct continuation of that material.

Level: Intermediate

Courtney Eliseo

Founder, Design Work Life + Seamless Creative

Courtney’s first typographic memory was discovering her father’s extremely meticulous handwriting as a child. From then on, she carried a pad of paper with her everywhere, feverishly trying to perfect her own. Little did she know, it would lead to a life-long obsession with typography and design.

The obsession forged a path to New York City, where she founded both Seamless Creative, a design studio she now runs with her husband Brian, and Design Work Life, a design-centric inspiration blog, in 2008.

Since then Seamless Creative has helped many local and national small businesses thrive through their design work, and Design Work Life has grown into an inspirational online community for designers around the world.

You can also follow Courtney on TwitterDribbblePinterest and Facebook.

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