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What are Design Proposals?

Design proposals are documents that are a compilation of proposed designs. They have some similarities to portfolios as this is a document where one can compile their art and design. However, design proposals tend to focus on a certain type of design or project, wherein portfolios contain the different designs made by an entity. 

How to Make an Original Design Proposal

Creating a design proposal requires using up a lof of creative juices—whether you are making branding proposals, interior design proposals, and any other type of design proposal. Here are a few tips to give you a headstart on making your design proposal. This is a quick read so it shouldn't take up too much time. 

1. Talk to Your Client 

When making a design or project proposal, it is always important that you know what your client wants. Doing this will help you create the foundation of your design proposal. There are occasions where it can even help speed up the creative process as some clients can have oddly speciific ideas and requests for the designs. Sometimes, all you have to do is to improve and beautify their budding ideas. 

2. Visualize the Design

Before you start making a design or project proposal, you have to be able to visualize the end results. This is part of the creative process. You should be certain of the design(s) you are planning to make and show to your client. Avoid being fickle. 

3. Give Yourself Time for Inspiration 

When creating your design proposal, you shouldn't put too much pressure on yourself. Pressure can lead to stress, which in turn can affect the quality of your project design. Just relax and set a pace for yourself. In a study conducted in 2005, it was found that people who were placed in a relaxed or happy state performed 39% better than those who were in a stressful state. With that in mind, we have to remember that, sometimes, the best thing to do when stuck in a block is to simply chill.  

4. Identify a Problem You are Trying to Solve

While making any type of proposal (like marketing proposals, for example), you have to make sure that it is sensible and comprehensive. A great way to start your proposal is by presenting a problem that you aim to solve. Afterwards, you have to provide tentative designs that are possible solutions to your problem.   

5. Support Your Idea 

A good design needs intelligible ideas to support it. This is where research comes in. You need to search for verifiable facts that will serve to be good support for your design proposal. Doing this and being able to present this well in your design proposal will increase the chances of impressing and convincing your audience in accepting your proposal. 

6. Structure Your Proposal Well 

Being able to properly organize a paper or a proposal is an important skill that everyone should have. Remember that you are trying to convince someone to accept your design proposal. Apart from checking for any typographical and grammatical errors, make sure that your proposal sounds enthusiastic and reliable.