How to Communicate and Collaborate on Brand Projects without a Style Guide

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No style guide? No problem! In this article, we’ll show you how to communicate and collaborate effectively on brand projects. We’ll dive into understanding your brand identity, defining clear objectives, conveying brand aesthetics and tone, and fostering collaboration. With these strategies, you’ll bring your brand’s vision to life, no matter if you’re working with internal teams or external agencies. Get ready to navigate brand projects without a style guide and achieve outcomes that captivate your audience and stay true to your brand’s values.

Let’s get started by exploring these key points to provide creative direction without a style guide:

  1. Clearly Define Project Objectives, Adapting Based on Content Type
    Start by summarizing the goals and main takeaways for the content type. Whether it’s a blog post or a product description, communicate the purpose and desired outcome clearly to ensure everyone understands the context.
  2. Provide Brand Context Tailored to the Content Type
    Tailor the description of your brand and its visual elements to highlight what’s most relevant to the specific content type. If it’s social media graphics, emphasize the visual identity and key elements that can be incorporated. For infographics, focus on your brand’s core values and mission that can be visually represented.
  3. Share Visual Inspirations Specific to the Content Type
    Offer visual references that align with the content type you’re working on. If it’s an email newsletter, share examples of well-designed newsletters capturing the desired aesthetics and layout. For video campaigns, provide references showcasing engaging video content. Make sure the inspirations match the specific requirements and format of the content type.
  4. Convey Brand Aesthetics and Tone in Alignment with the Content Type
    Describe the visual elements, colors, typography, or imagery preferences that are suitable for the specific content type. Specify the desired color scheme and typography for landing pages, or explain the tone and style of voice for podcasts. Adapt the desired mood and emotions based on the content type, be it formal for press releases or casual and friendly for social media posts.
  5. Highlight Core Messages Relevant to the Content Type
    Identify the core messages or unique selling points (USPs) that are most impactful for the specific content type. Focus on what resonates best with the audience engaging with that content. Clearly communicate these core messages to agencies or creatives, emphasizing their importance in the context of the content type to ensure effective incorporation.
  6. Encourage Collaboration and Feedback Throughout the Content Creation Process
    Schedule regular check-ins and feedback sessions tailored to the specific content type. For website redesigns, have milestone reviews for wireframes, design mock-ups, and development stages. When working on advertisement campaigns, set feedback sessions for initial concepts, storyboards, and final assets. Provide specific feedback that addresses the content type’s unique objectives and requirements. Encourage agencies or creatives to share their work in stages, allowing for feedback and revisions along the way, ensuring the content evolves according to your expectations.

Stay Consistent Even Without A Style Guide

Customize your communication and collaboration approach to match the content type, even without a formal style guide. By following the steps outlined in this guide, from defining project objectives to fostering collaboration and feedback, you’ll create content that resonates with your audience, strengthens your brand identity, and achieves project success.

Stay tuned for our upcoming blog, where we’ll dive into the process of creating a brand style guide. Discover how to establish a cohesive visual identity, define brand guidelines, and ensure consistency across all brand assets. 


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