Where designers go for brand design inspiration

In any branding project, gathering brand design inspiration is an essential part of the the process – one that usually comes after the client brief.

This is an opportunity for art directors, strategists and designers to look to the world at large for creative ideas. They can scope out what competitors are doing, get a feel for trends and see what visual styles dominate the industry.

There’s no right or wrong way to gather inspiration. After all, every designer has their own taste and style.

We asked three of our experienced agency designers to describe how they approach brand design inspiration. Here, they share the resources and tools that they regularly use to get the ideas flowing.

Carolina Jaramillo, Sketch Corp. Art Director

When starting a new branding project, it’s tempting to jump straight into the design stage. A bunch of design ideas will come to mind after the client brief, and your initial reaction will be to get sketching or start designing on the computer. The problem is that those concepts are usually based on what we as designers “personally” like.

Working on a company brand involves way more than just a pretty logo. It’s a combination of visual elements that bring to life the intangible concepts that make up the brand (for example, values, mission, vision, industry, target audience, services, approach and tone of voice). That’s why searching for brand design inspiration is so important before actually starting the design.

It helps me identify possible colour palettes, typography examples and execution ideas – not only for the logo, but for the rest of the brand. You’ll also learn how to tackle potential issues you may face during the course of the project.

Usually I start by researching similar companies to see what the common elements are, what works, what doesn’t and the general look and feel of how they approach their clients. From there, I do some digging on more specific elements related to the client and possible execution ideas.

My go-to sites for brand design inspiration are:

  • Pinterest: a great platform for exploring ideas that allows you to save brand inspiration boards and collate links. I also like that one image leads to multiple new options.
  • Dribbble: an excellent resource to check out latest design trends and styles.
  • Behance: my preferred destination for full branding execution ideas and the thought process behind them.
  • Designspiration

Even if I’m not working in a specific branding project, I like to search for inspiration all the time. I recommend subscribing to design blogs to keep up to date with what’s happening around the world, saving bookmarks and examples of branding, and following design accounts on Instagram that may be helpful for future projects.

Here are some design blog examples:

And Instagram accounts:


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Nicole Verna, Senior Designer

It’s really important that brand design inspiration is born out of a thorough understanding of the brief. Initial thoughts are bounced around between the team during the brief, and I then get my head around the industry by researching competitors or nutting out some industry relevant themes. This generally sparks a few ideas on how to differentiate the brand differentiate from others.

From there, the fun begins! Pinterest is great for collating all your ideas into one board. I use the Chrome Pinterest extension so I can pin images web-wide (not just within the Pinterest application). When pinning, I look for images that showcase the tone of the brand, typography, colour palette and brand applications. 

I’m also regular visitor to Behance. It’s rich in world-class creative work. I look for projects that showcase the complete roll-out of a brand from logo development through to print and digital applications. Even though finding inspiration is the initial stage of a brand project, it’s important you take as much in as possible so you can build a clear idea of how to create a complete narrative for the brand.

Designspiration is another handy resource. It has a nifty tool where you can search by colour.  

Finally, typography is ALWAYS a critical consideration. I like to visit Typewolf to see what typography is available on Adobe Typekit, Google Fonts or other platforms. It’s also a nice way to look for a substitute type and to check if the fonts you want to use are web safe.

Design blogs I visit on the reg are:

  • BP&O for up-to-date branding projects
  • MindSparkle as it’s a very clean, minimal site that suits my aesthetic
  • SiteInspire for the latest web projects
  • Awwwards to keep up with the latest web trends

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Mitch Clayton, Designer

After discussing the brief and deciding on a general direction, I’ll select some keywords I can use to identify appropriate sources on the web. I use a program called Milanote, which lets you organise visual boards and has a web clipper add-on for browsers. I’ll set up a project and a variety of boards nested within that project that pertain to specific visual aspects such as colour, typography, photography, applications, user interface elements, layout and logo. 

Using my selected keywords as a guide, I then start saving brand design inspiration images from the web and print (using my phone to take photos) into the relevant visual boards. 


  • BP&O for a curated selection of high end brand design projects
  • Behance for general inspiration and sparking ideas
  • Designspiration for researching specific colours and ideas
  • Awwwards Website award website that lets you search by style, industry, technologies and colour
  • Evernote Design for new sources of inspiration (a bookmark of all the best design sites on the web).


  • Logo by Michael Evamy: a huge collection of logo designs that are categorised clearly so you can immediately find ones relevant to your current project.
  • How To by Michael Bierut: general inspiration on how to overcome design challenges in a wide variety of circumstances.

Following this process, ideally I’ll get feedback and cull the mood boards until the essential direction is approved. Then I can create a general stylescape/moodboard for easy reference during the design process.

Brand design inspiration blog image with Behance BP&O and Evernote Design on blog article about where designers find brand design inspiration by Sketch Corp.

– Sketch Corp.

Why powerful Information Memorandum design pays off

When your business is on a mission to attract investment or secure a sale, Information Memorandum design is a crucial part of the process and one worthy of careful attention.

More and more savvy businesses are investing in customised Information Memorandum design solutions to effectively communicate with their target audience and present their proposition with the support of strategic visual devices and layout enhancements.

What’s design got to do with drumming up investment?

In a lengthy document like an Information Memorandum, design is what captivates potential investors and holds their interest. Nitty gritty content only goes so far. Clever layout techniques can be employed to draw attention to key information and keep your reader engaged from pages 1-50 and beyond.

Make no mistake – investing in powerful Information Memorandum design can (and often does) improve your chances of raising capital or achieving a great exit sale. As a reflection of your business, you want your Information Memorandum to look the part: professional, polished, solvent, in control.  

Ultimately, the Information Memorandum is a vital marketing document and sales tool – and that’s exactly how it should be treated.

Naturally, preparing an Information Memorandum requires the utmost discretion on the part of the creatives involved. You don’t want the world at large to get wind of the fact that you’re raising money or selling.

When commissioning external suppliers, it’s essential to engage an agency you trust and have complete confidence in. After all, you’re hiring them to shape your raw material into something investors can get on board with.

This is a meaty document and you want to give it all you’ve got. If you’ve never prepared an Information Memorandum before, the first thing you need to know is that it’s much more substantial than your company brochure or pitch deck.

An Information Memorandum must include analysis, financials, future projections and detailed explanations as to how you make your money and what you plan to do with the money they give you. With so much detail, it’s no wonder your Information Memorandum Design has to do the heavy lifting. Who’s going to read it otherwise?

Information Memorandum Graphics


The practical applications of Information Memorandum design

When putting together your Information Memorandum, think about how an investor will digest it and in what circumstances. One thing’s for sure: they won’t be reading it cover to cover.

In our experience, investors will only refer to it as specific questions occur to them or if they’ve forgotten something you touched on in your pitch (like your year-on-year profit for 20xx) and need reminding.

Investors should be able to scan the contents page and flip immediately to the section with the answer. When creating a professional Information Memorandum, brevity and clarity are absolutely key. You want punchy, unambiguous, easy-to-read sentences that contain fact after fact after fact.

Essential information your Information Memorandum design will need to address:

  • Key investment highlights
  • Management team
  • Business information
  • Financials
  • Opportunities
  • Legal information (corporate structure, patents and trademarks)
  • Plans for funding

Given all this important detail, the overall presentation of your Information Memorandum design cannot be underestimated. This is not something you want to knock up in Word or PowerPoint. It requires an extremely high level of visual skill and finesse that only an experienced designer can provide.

– Sketch Corp.