Paper-based form designs for Word and InDesign
Are you making the most of your organisation’s forms?
We design forms with varying levels of complexity depending on our client’s requirements. Many organisations have Word or static PDF forms on their website. Usually, these forms require users to print them out, fill them in by hand and then post them to the recipient. While this is not a particularly user-friendly or customer-focused approach—not to mention expensive for the business processing the returned form—it’s an approach still widely used.
We can certainly design basic print-based forms in Word and InDesign. However, we also create electronic forms allowing users to fill forms in on-screen and save the information. An example of this is the Mt Eliza form (second from left, bottom row); it contains fields linked to a database.
Not all forms need to be filled in
Some businesses such as insurance companies need to update their forms on a regular basis. The Guild Insurance form (third from left, bottom row) was part of a series of home and car schedules. These schedules over-printed on a pre-printed shell, i.e. paper printed with coloured areas, logos, etc. We created the forms in Word so staff could easily revise policy wording, premium details, etc. They could the print the Word file containing the form information on the pre-printed shell (see below).
If you’re interested in making your forms functional, please click here for more information on interactive PDF forms.