Prep Time:
Time to run:
1-3 hours

Quick reference guide template

A short document summarizing the key elements of a proposed solution

Courtesy of our friends at

About the Mural Quick Reference Guide template

The Mural Quick Reference Guide template includes space set aside for the solution and the design intent of your project, as well as highlights from your research and further background on project focus and milestones.

Why you need a quick reference guide

A Quick Reference Guide is essential to ensure your original design intent is maintained as the idea moves from conception through production and beyond. Clarity is key, so the guide must be easy to understand yet thorough enough to convey necessary information to a wide variety of people.

Start your Quick Reference Guide as soon as possible. This gives you the opportunity to articulate your team's design rationale early on. As the project progresses, the document should be updated to include all the information that defines the design. When finished, it should answer these questions:

  • What is it?
  • What are the elements?
  • How does it work?

How to build a Quick Reference Guide

To create a Quick Reference guide, start with the Mural template, and then follow these steps, adding your content to the canvas:

  • Get the team that created the design together.
  • Have them explain the design's purpose.
  • Make a list of the design's rules.
  • Note the standards for color, font, etc.
  • Collect a set of design patterns and templates.

How to create a Quick reference guide template

Mural makes building and sharing a Quick Reference Guide fast and easy

Intuitive features and tools make for better collaboration, faster iteration, and increased creativity.
Sticky notes & text

Sticky notes & text

Add ideas, action items, and more as a sticky note or text box — then change the colors and cluster to identify patterns and new solutions.

Asynchronous collaboration

Asynchronous collaboration

Innovate and collaborate effectively together without booking time on calendars.

Icons, GIFs, & images

Icons, GIFs, & images

Express complex ideas visually or lead an engaging team-building activity with Noun Project, GIPHY, and Unsplash integrations.

Easy sharing

Easy sharing

There’s no barriers to collaboration with unlimited workspace members on the Free plan.

Flexible permissions

Flexible permissions

Control access to collaboration features with view-only, edit, and facilitator settings.

Infinite & resizable canvas options

Infinite & resizable canvas options

Choose the right canvas for your collaboration goals — flexibility without limits.

Quick reference guide template frequently asked questions

How do I create a quick reference guide?

What is a quick reference guide?

LUMA Institute

Template by LUMA Institute


LUMA offers acclaimed in-person training, custom innovation programs, and a unique digital platform (LUMA Workplace), used by innovators in over 70 countries. Leading organizations around the globe rely on the LUMA System of Innovation — a practical, flexible, and scalable approach to Human-Centered Design.