CLIENT: AUSTRALIA NEW ZEALAND POLICING ADVISORY AGENCY (ANZPAA)
ANZPAA was using InDesign for their reports and wanted to create a replacement Word report template based on their current branding. They wanted their staff to easily revise and/or update the document content without calling on the services of a graphic designer.
The template layout needed to include:
- Front cover (with the option to change the image)
- Contents page
- Executive summary
- Text page with 4 levels of headings
- Bullet and numbered list with 4 levels
- Footnote style
- Image placeholders
Design requirements included:
- Pull out quote
- Diagonal graphic treatment
- Icons in headings
- Table and pie chart examples
- Custom colour palette
We studied the existing report samples and noticed a number of different page layouts in use, e.g., single-column, two-column, etc. Replicating these kinds of layouts in Word requires the use of section breaks on each page. Section breaks can be tricky to use. Inadvertently deleting them can ruin the document’s formatting, so we try to use them as sparingly as possible. We wanted the new layout to be clean and consistent, so decided on a single-column format.
We created a wide, right-hand margin with ‘floating’ graphic elements to add interest to the page design. The graphic elements – breakout box, image placeholders, etc. – could be moved or ‘dragged’ anywhere in the document. We also used full-width elements such as tables and a wide image treatment designed to break up text-heavy pages. This layout did not require section breaks which made it easy-to-use.
The client also wanted a presentation template. Click this link to see the PowerPoint presentation template.
We were very pleased with the final template(s) but, most importantly, the client was too, saying: “… the staff here are so impressed, I think your design will make our work look so much more professional. They look so great.”