5 Ways to Save Time & Money on Graphics Projects

1. FINALIZE THE CONTENT BEFORE DESIGN

  • Have a clear purpose for the graphics and the content they need to highlight. This helps streamline the concepting/design process.
  • Ensure spellings, data, and stats are correct to avoid unnecessary revisions.
  • Have the content typed out so it doesn’t have to be keyed in and proofed before design.

2. MAKE SURE THE CONTENT FITS

  • Look at the content in Word before sending it to the designer. If the text fills up a space bigger than the graphic is supposed to be, reduce the word count accordingly.
  • Let the designer know if there’s a required font style and size.

3. PROVIDE VISUALS

  • Providing visuals is always helpful. Share a similar graphic that reflects the look and feel you’re after. Don’t hesitate to draw up a rough sketch to show how you’d like the data organized. Examples don’t have to be perfect or exact; visuals provide a good jumping-off point for discussion and ideas.

4. CLOSELY MONITOR YOUR REVISIONS

  • Even small tweaks can add up quickly and eat up hours.
  • Complex or text-heavy graphics are especially time-intensive to revise or rework.
  • With org charts and flow charts, even minor changes can have a ripple effect on the rest of the graphic, requiring the resizing and shifting of content.

5. PLAN AHEAD FOR TIGHT DEADLINES

  • Let the designer know if a project will require numerous, rapid rounds of changes. Work with your content management partner to reserve a dedicated designer and editor for the final hours before the deadline. This step has many benefits:
    • Both are focused solely on your project.
    • Revisions can be made, proofed, and returned immediately for review.
    • The review and file-exchange processes are anticipated and planned for in the budget from the beginning.

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