Document Design for Beginners

Document Design for Beginners - student project

If you have a hard time getting colleagues and clients to read your reports, business plans, proposals, and other business documents, the problem might not be with the content itself but with the way it’s presented. Many business professionals tend to underestimate the value of document design, but when a reader is already faced with information overload, a poorly designed document increases reader frustration and makes your company look unprofessional.

In this class, we’ll apply six principles of design—alignment, contrast, repetition, proximity, space, and visual cues—to take your business documents from bland and congested to polished, professional, and relentlessly readable.


Class Project

Apply the principles of document design to one of your own business documents or to one of the sample documents I’ve provided. Post a before and after picture in the gallery.