When is an illustration a good option for your business and why? Let me help you think about it!
When you need an image for your business, you probably think right away about stock images, start browsing your phone’s gallery, or you will think of the good photographers you had the chance to meet at networkings and events.
What you might have never considered is the option of commissioning an illustration.
An illustration can be a good idea when:
- You want to show something that wouldn’t look so good in pictures.
Let’s say your home office is more a corner in the baby room, but you want to show how you work, an illustration can keep the general look of your desk and things, but cut out the teddy bears and balooned wallpaper.
- You want to be sure to keep consistency through the years.
You have changed your salesperson but the photographer that took your team photos five years ago has moved to Puerto Rico.
- You want to show something that doesn’t exist yet.
Say you offer a loft enhancement service and want to give an idea of how a loft can look after you are done.
- You want to avoid stock photography and prefer to have something bespoke and that can also grow and change with you.
For example you are a leaflet delivery company and want to show what areas you cover with a map, or you are a dog walking company and want to show your services using bespoke icons.
In both cases a vector illustration allows you to modify the map in the first example, or add/remove/modify the icons in the second.
- You want to show or hide specific details and do that in a photo would be too complicated or not appropriate.
For example you want to show your ideal client type without showing the actual shop, or you do massage, waxing or therapies and want to show what the service is like without taking pictures of your actual clients or going for stock images that will not look like your workplace or won’t have the right people or service in them.
- You want to explain a procedure in a simplified and easy way such as in an “infographic” or “how to series”, because words would be too long and boring.
For example you want to explain how to order from your shop step by step, or what the steps are to get a boiler installed, or a social media plan or website to be made, or… anything you can think of really!
Instead of an interminable and not really interesting bullet point list, you can have some images that will explain better and stay with you for use on your social media, website, brochures… anywhere, and they will say so much more about your business!
In short, illustration takes all those images that were impossible, because too specific to get into a picture or too hard to find, or just that would be nothing special in a photo, and makes them not only possible, and turns them into an asset for your business: they will be yours forever and will give your branding character and distinction.
If you want to know more, book a free consultation with me,
or to have a look at some more of my past illustration projects click here.