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Why do you need a discovery session?

When a client approaches you for a design project, you jump straight into the work. Deep into the project, you realize what many of us in the industry have experienced—endless rounds of revisions and loss of control in your process.

You have to learn what’s important to your clients.

Your client is coming to you not because they want something designed, but because they need a problem solved. Asking the right questions will guide you to the answer, and give your client the chance to share their goals and expectations.

This is where CORE Discovery steps in.

CORE Discovery is a collection of 6 key exercises designed for you and your clients to get aligned on the vision. It empowers you to hold discovery sessions that will turn you into an unparalleled strategic leader and valued partner to your clients.

CORE Discovery

A simple way to help any business understand, prioritize, and focus on a clear vision and plan.

Work Together

These exercises allow you and your client to work together to devise a solution. Speak to your clients in a whole new way.

Build Amazing Brands

Go beyond the logo. Define what makes your client’s brand different and worth noticing.

Clarify and Focus

Align on the design direction from the first meeting. Keep the project moving on task and on track.

Inside This Course
What’s Included

Ask questions that lead to solutions

Find out what problem your clients need to solve and what’s important to them and their business. Determine the customer profiles, brand attributes, and establish the creative brief.

From “order-taker” to strategic leader

You’re not just a designer. You can move the discovery sessions along smoothly and efficiently to land on the client’s vision. You’ll help them exceed their goals and clearly provide a plan of action.

Find their X-factor

Help clients see why their brand is different and not just another “I do that, too” company. Using the insights from the discovery session, you’ll be able to create designs that are unique and exciting.

Turn strategy sessions into a service

The discovery meeting is an essential and necessary step to architecting a brand. It’s what sets the course for everything to come. You’ll quickly learn that this is the most valuable asset to your process, and that you can charge for a discovery session before you charge for the deliverables.

Inside This Course
What You Will Learn

Ask questions that lead to solutions

Find out what problem your clients need to solve and what’s important to them and their business. Determine the customer profiles, brand attributes, and establish the creative brief.

From “order-taker” to strategic leader

You’re not just a designer. You can move the discovery sessions along smoothly and efficiently to land on the client’s vision. You’ll help them exceed their goals and clearly provide a plan of action.

Find their X-factor

Help clients see why their brand is different and not just another “I do that, too” company. Using the insights from the discovery session, you’ll be able to create designs that are unique and exciting.

Turn strategy sessions into a service

The discovery meeting is an essential and necessary step to architecting a brand. It’s what sets the course for everything to come. You’ll quickly learn that this is the most valuable asset to your process, and that you can charge for a discovery session before you charge for the deliverables.

From the instructor:

This is the framework that’s helped me close hundreds of thousands of dollars in client work.

I didn’t always have the answers. But CORE Discovery has changed that.

Like many of you probably did, I went to art school and got a degree in graphic design. I didn’t learn how to negotiate, or talk strategy with clients.

When I launched my first digital agency in 2001, I knew I wanted it to be different from other agencies at the time. But I had some setbacks in the beginning.

Every area of the business was a learning curve. I had no idea how to incorporate strategy into the creative work. I remember even Googling the word “strategy” on a phone call with one of our first clients.

See, in design school, we were trained to do the making, not the strategy. Each time clients handed us a brief, we’d put something together that fit the specifications. But almost every client would have us run back and forth to the drawing board because what we made “just wasn’t there.”

After many, many loops, it hit me: I didn’t have context into their own strategy.

How could I understand what they wanted and needed? How could I understand their problems just from a piece of paper? Without the right questions or context, I couldn’t.

That was, until, I created CORE Discovery. I started driving the strategy process for clients and getting crystal clear context. I sat down with clients and asked them what problem they were currently facing. Soon enough, the revisions shrank, the relationships grew stronger, and the work got better.

It’s a habit of designers to fall into the aesthetics of things. I know because I’ve done this so many times before.

But now with CORE Discovery, I get clients and stakeholders aligned from the first meeting, I have a clear understanding of their pain points, and I’m able to produce a plan that exceeds their goals.

This framework has become a vital piece of my process, and my hope is that it does the same for you, too.

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Jose Caballer

Jose Caballer studied graphic design at Art Center College of Design and was then schooled by the .COM boom at Razorfish one of the first Digital Agencies in the 90’s. In 2001 he started his own pirate ship called The Groop a digital agency he ran for 11 years.

Who this is for

This guidebook is for anyone working in client-facing engagements

For the freelancer, studio owner, or creative director, CORE Discovery will help you become a better facilitator and run in-depth discovery sessions. This guidebook was made for you:

  • Graphic Designers
  • Web Designers
  • Brand Strategists
  • Creative Directors

CORE Discovery

CORE Discovery is a simple framework to help you and your clients work together towards a plan that achieves their business goals.

What's inside
  • Client strategy session videos
  • 4 New exercises
  • Discovery templates
  • Exclusive Q&A webinar
  • Lifetime updates

CORE Discovery

CORE Discovery is a simple framework to help you and your clients work together towards a plan that achieves their business goals.

What's inside
  • Client strategy session videos
  • 4 New exercises
  • Discovery templates
  • Exclusive Q&A webinar
  • Lifetime updates

The Advanced Strategy Bundle

CORE Discovery is a classic, but it's just the start. With the Advanced Strategy Bundle, you get an additional 23 Pro call videos discussing the material in greater detail.

  • CORE Discovery Strategy Kit ($489)
  • Advanced Strategy ($325)
  • 23 Pro Group calls about:
  • Selling Strategy
  • Facilitation Tips
  • Defining Brand Attributes
  • User Profiles
  • User Journey Mapping


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Practice what you’ve learned in the video lectures to push your skills further. Do the homework as many times as you need to fully grasp the material.

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How it works
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Take a deep dive into all things type

In each video lesson, Chris will teach you about typographic principles, the history of type, and how to apply the fundamentals across your design work.

Take a deep dive into all things type

In each video lesson, Chris will teach you about typographic principles, the history of type, and how to apply the fundamentals across your design work.

Watch Chris work

See how Chris makes improvements to previous students’ work using typographic principles. Then, take notes of how you can apply these same techniques to your own work.

Watch your skills develop

See your designs take on a whole new shape and meaning as you move through the course. Start to feel comfortable and confident with typography.

Get access to the community

Your enrollment includes access to our private Slack channel and an invitation to Circle. Connect and keep learning with your instructor, Chris Do, and Typography students around the world.

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This course is for any designer looking to understand type to improve their layout and design skills.

I learned more about typography in this course than during my BA in graphic design. This gives me confidence that I can make effective layouts and better design of any kind. I also felt I was part of a community, who learned together. Once a week for seven weeks, Chris critiqued our submitted layouts and this motivated us to put knowledge into practice and submit our work. This course is the best investment I've made in myself in becoming a better graphic designer. And I've invested in a lot of courses and books.

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Chris Do
Design Director, CEO of The Futur

Chris Do is an Emmy award-winning designer, director, CEO and Chief Strategist of Blind and the founder of The Futur—an online education platform with the mission of teaching 1 billion people how to make a living doing what they love.

He currently serves as the chairman of the board for the SPJA, and as an advisor to Saleshood. He has also served as: advisory board member for AIGA/LA, Emmys Motion & Title Design Peer Group, Otis Board of Governors, Santa Monica College and Woodbury University.

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