How to create a style guide: 25 expert tips for designers

How to create a style guide.
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Understanding how to create a style guide may not be simple, but the style guide is a crucial part of a design project so it's something you need to know. When handing over a creative project, most agencies or freelancers will include a style guide because it helps guide the client through your designs, allows you to explain your creative choices and makes you look more professional.

You want your style guide to be informative, clear and as comprehensive as possible, while also ensuring it doesn't sound too preachy. All this means striking the right tone is difficult – it is a fine line.

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