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.


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:


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.


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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What’s the difference between a flyer and a leaflet?

I design a lot of leaflets/flyers – and I often get asked – what is the difference between a flyer & a leaflet? So in this blog post I would like to provide a brief overview of what the difference is between a leaflet and a flyer.

This is what i would call a leaflet - a sample of my leaflet/flyer design and print services

This is what I would call a leaflet – whilst incorporating best practice design principles in the same way as a flyer – the content is much heavier than a flyer

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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 (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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Leaflet sizes, fold options and printing formats

There are many different kinds of leaflet page size formats that you can use for your leaflet designs. What leaflet size you go for depends on how you plan to distribute or display your leaflet and how much content you have really and what space you need to most effectively communicate your leaflet content. The most common leaflet sizes in the UK are based on the standard ‘A’ series, so A6, A5, A4 etc etc and also the DL size (1/3 A4) .

My most popular leaflet size is the A5 format (and usually double-sided to make the most of both sides) The A5 leaflet works well to either hand-out in person, post through a letterbox or display in a dispenser. For clients who need more space I recommend a 4 page A5 leaflet which is basically an A4 leaflet folded in half. See below for the specific dimensions of all popular paper sizes and in particular the popular leaflet sizes of A5, A6 and Dl (1/3 A4) :


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