In today’s media driven world, a great design agency is one of the most important tools you can employ in your quest for attention. A design agency is a group of people who work together to help achieve the look and design for your company or business.
But what is the role of a design agency? There are plenty of different agencies out there, from branding experts, to website agencies, and on and on. A design agency is primarily a powerhouse for producing the designs for your business. They will usually be either able to work with a current design (or theme) you have or are able to create a completely new image for whatever it is you’re wanting to create.
A really great agency will create your logos, headers for letters, websites, marketing material and anything else that you need for your business or organisation. One of the important things when branding something it to ensure a consistent design across all of your business material. This doesn’t just include the basics like business cards or logos – it can go all the way right down to written material that you use in stores, such as menus or even contracts.
In fact, design consistency can be a really important part of your branding as a business. Take Apple for example. They’ve created such a distinctive design throughout all of their marketing materials that you often don’t even need the company name or logo to tell who it is. This extends all the way through their products, through their marketing material and into their advertising. This design consistency is incredibly important with their branding strategy and it’s worked very well for them.
Why should you even consider using a design agency? Why not just employ the odd graphic designer every now and again? The key here is the word integration. A proper design agency will be able to handle all the jobs that you throw at it and more, and will ensure that your design is (like Apple’s) very consistent with your overall image.
Perhaps the most important benefit to using a design agency is that they have all the talent under one roof. Instead of outsourcing all the different jobs to different people, one agency is usually able to supply everything for you. Every graphic designer does things slightly differently, and a single agency is often able to help you avoid this fragmentation as all the people in the agency are working towards a common goal – your design.
Creative design is an important part of a really good agency and can often make or break your business. The initial design plans will influence the rest of your marketing and branding material so it’s very important to use a design agency that can come up with creative ideas. The more creative the better! All the designers in the world won’t be able to design something for you if the initial ideas are boring or uninteresting.
What should you be looking for in a design agency? The first is integration. How much can they do for you? In short, you don’t want to be managing them. You should simply be able to tell them what you want and have them design it for you. Before you contact a design agency make a list of all the design elements you need, such as business cards, flyers, websites, logos etc. When you talk to the agency ask them if they can do everything you need them to. If not, move on.
Ask them about their creative design, and ask to see their portfolio. This will let you know if their company is capable of creating new and original styles of design. You want to use every bit of talent they have – if you have to start dictating what you want, then you’re paying them too much.
A great design agency is a really crucial part of a business. They should be able to work for you without too much fuss, meet your deadlines and produce great designs, regardless of if it’s a billboard or letterhead. Try to build a good relationship with your agency so that both of you are thinking along the same lines and can produce something really great.