The easy answer to what does a vehicle graphic designer need to know about your vehicle before she or he begins the vehicle graphics design process is – everything! But that’s not true, they don’t need to know the size of the motor, the color of the interior, or your favorite radio station but they pretty much need to know everything about the exterior of the vehicle from top to bottom.

The More Information the Better!

This includes the make, model, color, options, and add-on equipment of the car or truck. One of the best ways to help a graphic designer serve you and meet your needs, as well as your expectations, is to furnish the designer with accurate and complete specifications in a timely manner.

For example, to say you have a 2018 Ford F150 isn’t enough information. The F150 is available in at least a dozen packages from XL, XLT, and Lariat to the Platinum. They’re available in regular cab, extended cab, two-door, four-door, and with multiple options. One graphic design will not fit all the variations of the 2018 F150.

Other vehicles may vary by offering extended and high roof models, cars can be two or four doors, and trucks, delivery vans, and trailers come in myriad combinations.  So, where do you begin to give the designers the information they need? This simple checklist is a good place to start. It answers the question what does a vehicle graphic designer need to know.

A Basic Pre-design Vehicle Checklist

Here are a few of the basics:

  • Make
  • Model
  • Year
  • Color
  • Options
  • Add- on Equipment
  • Style (For example, short bed, long bed, extended cab)
  • Serial number

A Picture’s Worth a Thousand Specs

Okay, I might be exaggerating, but photos help and it only takes a few minutes to grab your smart phone and take four or five photos of your vehicle for multiple angles.

What’s the Answer?

The best way to know what a vehicle graphic designer needs to know about your vehicle before she or he begins the vehicle graphics design process is to ask them. Working directly with a vehicle graphics consultant who knows what to ask you about your car or truck is the surest way to meet your needs. It’s difficult, if not impossible, to meet customer’s needs and wants without the correct information, and I’d guess it’s the same in your business. If you’d like to learn more Contact Us, we know what questions to ask.