SharePoint Design: Branded, Accessible, Engaging Sites

We are experts in SharePoint design. We work across IT, internal communications and engagement teams to design SharePoint sites that combine functionality, accessibility and engaging, on-brand visuals.

Our design services help organisations create SharePoint intranets, communication sites, pages and portals that look great and are easy to use. We combine technical expertise with creative design to deliver better SharePoint experiences with SharePoint Online.

Visual Design

First impressions count. A SharePoint landing page that looks great is the first step to high engagement. From homepage facelifts to full intranet overhauls, we help internal communications teams design SharePoint sites that wow.

User Experience Design

Our in-house user experience (UX) team use employee feedback, insights and data to design engaging, people-friendly SharePoint solutions. From intranets to document management systems, our UX services make SharePoint easier to use for every employee.

SharePoint Portal Sites

Our SharePoint portals help support business processes and initiatives outside of the global intranet. From HR sites, to learning hubs or change management centres, we can build portals for every scenario.

Beacon – SharePoint Design Tool

Beacon helps internal communicators create engaging, on-brand page layouts with ease. Sitting on top of SharePoint, Beacon integrates seamlessly with new or existing intranets to go beyond SharePoint out-of-the-box.

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SharePoint Design Examples

Looking for SharePoint design ideas? Take a look at what’s possible with SharePoint out-of-the-box vs more customised designs.

SharePoint Out-Of-The-Box

Use Microsoft’s ready-made templates, or build your own with standard web parts

Option to add basic branding to your site’s theme
Build functional sites with the familiar SharePoint look and feel

Custom SharePoint Design

More layout options than standard templates for engaging, dynamic content
Greater control over company branding, including fonts, colours, gradients and accents
Add extra creativity to your intranet with pages that look less like SharePoint

Design Lookbook

Get inspired for your next SharePoint site design with our Beacon lookbook. Full of best practice and ideas to help you take SharePoint to the next level.

Our Work

TP ICAP: 7 Day Design Transformation

See how TP ICAP transformed their intranet homepage in just 7 days.

TP ICAP intranet homepage - beforeTP ICAP intranet homepage - after

Before & After

SharePoint Design Guide

Say Goodbye to Boring SharePoint

Download our guide to evolving your intranet through better design

A preview of some of the pages from the How to Create a Killer Intranet Launch Campaign guide

SharePoint Design FAQs

Can you add branding to SharePoint?

You can add basic branding to you SharePoint page design with OOTB features. Many organisations with detailed branding find the options too restrictive. In 2024, Microsoft are introducing SharePoint brand centre. Not all the details are available yet, but this may go some way to addressing these concerns.

With a customised SharePoint site design, you can be more creative with how you apply company branding. You’ll have free choice of colours and fonts, ability to add gradients, choose between square and rounded edges and more. All of which make a huge difference to how employees receive an intranet.

Is SharePoint site design important?

Yes. First impressions count, and employees will make a judgement in just 0.5 seconds. If a SharePoint page design is boring, outdated or cluttered, employees could switch off before they even get to the content.

But good intranet design isn’t just about looking good. It also includes functional design – or UX. Without good UX, employees may struggle to complete basic tasks like reading a news story or clicking on links.

UX design is the foundation to a practical, functioning intranet. Enhanced visual design is where higher levels of engagement come in.

Working with a SharePoint design specialist will help you create SharePoint site templates that combine the best of visual and UX design.

Do you just offer SharePoint design?

We offer lots of other services around SharePoint Online, including:

SharePoint Intranets

SharePoint Migration

SharePoint Document & Knowledge Management

SharePoint Development

Is SharePoint design only important for intranets?

Good design is important regardless of how SharePoint is used. For things like document management, having files stored in logical locations that are easy to find and access is vital. All of that falls under the category of SharePoint design.

What are your SharePoint design tips?

Before any design, we always recommend starting with listening. Identify gaps or challenges with the current solution, what are employees missing, what do they need, what do they want. All of that information can be collated in a design that reflects an organisation’s people and values.

Aside from that, we’d always suggest:

  • Avoid clutter – no one can find what they need if there’s too much content on the page
  • Follow accessibility guidelines – a good looking intranet serves no purpose if it’s unusable
  • Make use of white space – you don’t need to fill every gap on the page. White space can help make the important bits stand out

How much does SharePoint design cost?

It depends on your approach, and what you want to achieve. If you want to have a go yourself, you can use the ready-to-go Microsoft templates. For some organisations, these SharePoint design templates are a no-cost entry point to refreshing their intranet.

But, many organisations find these templates aren’t customisable and don’t fulfil their needs. If you want to work with a SharePoint design specialist to push OOTB components to the max, there will often be a one-off project fee.
If you want to go even further and use a design tool like Beacon, these types of products usually come with an annual licence cost.

Do you need IT to manage SharePoint site design?

Not always. Some SharePoint design tools, like ours, make it easy for site owners to manage SharePoint branding and design. This means you don’t need lots of technical expertise to make SharePoint look great.

Download the Design Lookbook

Ready to talk?

So are we. Get in touch today to discuss your SharePoint design needs.