Top 10 must-read leaflet / flyer design tips from a pro

With over 15+ years commercial graphic design experience – I have designed a lot of leaflets/flyers in that time and won some awards, and a lot of my graphic design services are now specifically for the design and print of leaflets/flyers. This is largely due to the success of my web-site over at www.leafletguru.co.uk (shameful plug! But check it out after reading this post to get some creative inspiration and see my creative leaflet design portfolio).

I tend to get a lot of repeat customers now, which for me is very satisfying as I guess that proves that I provide a great leaflet/flyer design service and shows that I know a thing or two about designing a quality leaflet that stands out from the crowd and gets the results and creates the impact my clients need! I therefore thought I would share some of the expertise that I have gained in this specialised area to help others in the understanding of how to create a great looking, engaging, effective leaflet/flyer. So here are my Top 10 Tips!

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5 creative & professional business letterhead examples

Letterhead stationery designs that will promote a professional image for your company

This blog is usually focussed around leaflets and those are one of the best ways in the print medium to sell or promote your business/service.

However, as well as focussing on the marketing of your business to attract customers, do not under-estimate the importance of printed business stationery like letterheads & business cards to also promote the right image to your customers which from a design point of view help to continually promote the professionalism of your business.

With that being said – here are 5 examples of creative and professional business stationery such as letterheads (and business cards).

1. Marketing Wand – letterhead design. Simple, bold and distinctive colour (design & print).

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5 creative leaflet / flyer design ideas

Designing a great looking leaflet or flyer that stands out from the crows takes some creative imagination, especially if you want to move away from a bog-standard leaflet template based approach. A lot of businesses these days use leaflet templates to try and save  a bit of money, but what that means is that leaflets and flyers can look the same – as everyone is using the same templates!

Anyhow here are 5 creative leaflet design ideas which have a different approach and might help you think outside the box when it comes to designing a leaflet!

#1 – Be simple

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A leaflet doesn’t have to consist of a rainbow of colours – sometimes a limited colour palette and simple graphics can help a leaflet really stand out

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Pamphlet design and folded leaflets

A pamphlet is another name for a leaflet or flyer, or even a booklet that doesn’t have any binding. Like a flyer, a pamphlet can be just a single piece of paper, with a design printed on a single side or double-sided, or it can be folded in half or in thirds. Typical pamphlet sizes are A4, A5 or A6 and these can be folded.

Even in the digital age a pamphlet is a really effective way of promoting a business or service, and indeed because a lot of marketing tends to be done online these days – when you are given a pamphlet/leaflet/flyer in person, one lands through your letterbox, or you see one on display – the pamphlet design can really capture your attention and make you want to read it.

If you haven’t read this blog, take the time to have a read of some posts which will share some design and print tips that will really help your pamphlet design stand out from the crowd. You will even find some of the best creative design samples to inspire your pamphlet design, and a few are below!

 

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Most people when referring to a pamphlet want a folded leaflet of some sort. In the example above – it’s an A4 piece of paper folded into thirds, which effectively gives you 6 pages and lots of room to promote your business or service.

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Creating impact with your leaflet designs & flyers

The design style, or ‘look & feel’ of your flyers is what really helps your flyer create visual impact and make potential customers pick it up. You can have an amazing business, service or product to promote, and your text content may be crafted to perfection – but if your flyer doesn’t look great from a stylistic point of view – then not many potential customers are going to pick it up and actually read your leaflet!

Below you can see some creative samples of leaflet / flyer designs which have a strong sense of visual impact and utilise strong colours, bold graphics, distinctive styles and strong typography/fonts. The style of a flyer should be tailored to your target audience, and their are quite a few different styles below – but each one is designed to quickly get attention and make people want to pick it up and read.

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Bold graphics, fonts and vibrant colour can create impactful leaflet / flyer designs. This leaflet is for a soulful music event.

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5 Tips on designing leaflets and marketing materials for Dentists

I’ve designed a lot of leaflets for various industries over the years, and one industry I specialise in as the Leaflet Guru is designing leaflets and marketing materials for Dentists & Dental Practices all over the UK. I think to work in this area – you need a really good understanding of the Dental industry and need to understand that there is a certain image/message that needs to be conveyed for all Dentists.

So below are my 5 tips on designing effective leaflets & marketing materials for Dentists:

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Teeth, teeth, teeth! First and foremost all dental flyers must immediately convey nice teeth! It may sound obvious – but everyone who goes to a dentist aspires to have better teeth – so imagery is key here in getting across the professionalism of a dental practice. I’m told by my client , Bourbon Street Dental Care, that this leaflet was very effective in getting new customers.

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AAAIDA – My proven leaflet design marketing formula

AIDA is a popular acronym used in marketing and advertising that describes a common list of events that may occur when a consumer engages with some marketing collateral. My personal spin on it uses 3 A’s.

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AAAIDA is the formula I use when designing leaflets/flyers and other succinct marketing collateral like emails, landing pages and advertisements for online or in print.

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