Directory and invitation InDesign to Publisher templates

Publisher directory and invitation templates created from supplied InDesign files: cover and internal pages of the directories (left) and invitations with graphic and photo elements (right).

Publisher directory and invitation templates created from supplied InDesign files: cover and internal pages of the directories (left) and invitations with graphic and photo elements (right).

The brief, from a government trade agency, was to convert 20 supplied InDesign to Publisher templates. The project comprised of eight exhibitor directories and twelve invitation templates. The formats included A4, A5, US letter, and half US letter. The design also featured graphic and photo options.

As designers, we knew Publisher had a problematic reputation but using the program for this project was a revelation; we even wrote a blog post about it Publisher: a viable DTP alternative.

We could have replicated the various layouts in Word utilising numerous section breaks. However,  the templates themselves would have been difficult to use and update for users without advanced Word skills. Publisher’s ability to support traditional ‘master pages’ was crucial in a project where complex page layouts were utilised.