Publication design services

We are very proficient in organising, structuring and laying-out information. We can make your publication highly appealing, so it gets used, and make it easy to read and enable people to better process the publication’s information. We are very knowledgeable about page layout, grid systems, image structure, typography, stylesheets and material considerations (such as paper and binding). Publications help to inform and impress, and are a valuable interface between your organisation and service users. Publications can also be setup to the printer’s specification, supplied as accessible PDFs, or made available in accessible formats, such as: large print, Easy Read or HTML. We design many different types of publications:

  • Annual reports and reviews.
  • Booklets.
  • Catalogues and brochures.
  • Exam papers.
  • Holiday brochures.
  • Instruction manuals.
  • Leaflets.
  • Magazines.
  • Newsletters.
  • Newspapers.
  • Publications.

Urban Design Town Planning Regeneration publication design, shows the front cover with title in large size and image of buildings

Urban Design Town Planning Regeneration publication design, shows the title page with title in large size in green and blue

Urban Design Town Planning Regeneration publication design, shows the title page with title in large size in green and blue with photo of 2 buildings reversed out

Urban Design Town Planning Regeneration publication design, shows a double page spread from inside with various gridded images and information about select projects

Client

Resource for Urban Design Information.

Item

Publication.

Input

Publication design, page layout, typesetting.

Details

5 column layout. Page size: A4: width 297mm × height 210mm. Pages: 18.

Short description of what we did for the client and project

This urban design resource organisation produces regular publications, to inform its members and users. We were asked to redesign their Placemaking publication which had been running for a few years.

In addition to the corporate identity work we did, we designed and typeset this publication emphasising their identity in a precise, credible and corporate manner. We helped with restructuring the various sections and parts of the publication, for better order and communication. The publication was setup as a PDF and displayed with pride on their website.

Charity annual report/review design, page layout and typesetting. Photograph of the cover

Charity annual report/review design and typesetting. Photograph of an inside spread

Charity annual report/review design, page layout and typesetting. Photograph of an inside spread

Client

Action for Brazil’s Children Trust.

Item

Annual review.

Input

Publication design, page layout, typesetting, and paper research and sourcing.

Details

3 column layout. Page size: A5: width 210mm × height 148.5mm. Pages: 44. Paper: Think Warm, 100g/m², 50% recycled. Binding: saddle stitched.

Short description of what we did for the client and project

Action for Brazil’s Children Trust is dedicated to helping the street children and most vulnerable young people of Brazil. They needed their annual review designing.

We introduced (which had never been done in any of their previous annual reviews) a map of Brazil which allowed readers, when coming across different locations in Brazil within the publication, to see and find the specific places in Brazil, helping potential investors, invest in new projects and areas. We used an easily holdable and compact page size (A5 landscape) which suited the information type and amount, allowing for an uncluttered item (compared to A4 portrait). A very clear and rigid grid system was setup, which allowed good layout of the content. We designed page layouts with strong image structures and in a compelling engaging way.

Photograph of the cover at a 45 degree angle. Annual report design, typesetting and complex tables

Inside spread of annual report and financial statements. Main heading in blue on the left page and main body text on the right page

Annual report design, page layout, typesetting and complex tables. Photograph of an inside spread

Annual report design, page layout, typesetting and complex tables. Inside spread showing complex financial tables

Annual report and financial statements photograph of an inside spread showing complex financial tables

Dyslexia Institute annual report purple acetate overlay for dyslexic users at the back of publication

Annual report and financial statements design guide and composition specification

Client

Dyslexia Institute.

Item

Annual report and financial statements.

Input

Publication design, page layout and typesetting.

Details

6 column layout and tables. Purple acetate overlay feature at the end. Page size: A4: width 210mm × height 297mm. Pages: 70. Paper: Croxley Heritage Wove, ivory, 120g/m², 75% recycled. Binding: staple bound.

Short description of what we did for the client and project

This dyslexia organisation needed help with producing and designing a more professional annual report and financial statements than in previous years. Previously they had done the report in Word using amateur formatting and text composition, not enough space between many table columns on a single page, and a highly debatable typeface choice (Comic Sans).

The client wanted a highly accessible graphic communication design, we did this through the overall design, layout and typography, and also included in the back of the publication, a purple acetate overlay to further make the publication even more accessible (some people with dyslexia prefer and read better with an acetate overlay). The publication contained a mass of complex financial information which need designing and laying out clearly. We also were required to do manual decimal point alignment of all numerical data and used tabular lining figures. We put the report title at the bottom of all pages in the footer, and the section title at the top of the left and right pages in the running heads, so if people photocopy or save‑out individual PDF pages, they will always know which publication the page has come from. We researched, selected and sourced dyslexic-friendly off‑white/cream paper.

Note

When we did research in 2005 into the typographic requirements of people with dyslexia, there was conflicting advice ranging from handwritten typefaces, to serif, to sans serif. Due to new research released in 2006, we would not use Helvetica again for people with dyslexia. Contact us for designing for people with dyslexia.

ReDesign Youth PDF presentation slide. Cartoon of person sitting on earth looking at other planets

ReDesign Youth PDF presentation slide. Cartoon of people on a mountain showing 3 attributes

ReDesign Youth PDF presentation slide. Photograph showing Bethnal Green Road and how public space has been invaded

ReDesign Youth PDF presentation slide. Cartoon showing a person looking into a shop window at their possibilities

ReDesign Youth PDF presentation slide. Cartoon of a person asking another person what they would like to do

ReDesign Youth PDF presentation slide. Cartoon of a Rastafarian asking young people if they have anything to say

Client

ReDesign Youth.

Item

PDF presentation.

Input

Publications design, page layout, freehand illustration and typesetting.

Details

Page size: width 294mm × height 224mm.

Short description of what we did for the client and project

This youth organisation needed a quality electronic presentation to use in front of people in lectures and when speaking at conferences with interested people and investors.

We designed this PDF presentation fitting their whole striking and inviting corporate identity (designed by us), we also used various other illustrations and produced a presentation sure to engage and appeal. The client used our freehand cartoon style illustration, which is sure to strike hard, create interest and motivate young people. The cartoon illustrations done, were communicated and illustrated to be more than just something to look at (eye candy), there is more to the illustrations than meets the eye… Bright and vibrant colours were used, along with active and bold typography.

ReDesign Youth publication design and layout. Image of front page

ReDesign Youth publication design and layout. Image of inside page

ReDesign Youth publication design and layout. Image of inside

Client

ReDesign Youth.

Item

Electronic publication.

Input

Publications design, page layout and typesetting.

Details

A4 electronic publication, based on 21 × 28 grid.

Short description of what we did for the client and project

This youth organisation needed a publication to help show and explain the issues present in typical youth organisations. Simply providing a Word document typeset in Times New Roman or Arial, for this organisation’s typical users, is risky.

An appealing and striking identity was needed for this youth organisation. We used strong typography and colour to appeal and communicate with young people. We managed, setup, and sorted a variety of graphic items, from letterheads, to PowerPoint graphics, to high-resolution PDFs, logos and illustrations. Bright and vibrant colours were used, along with active and bold typography, creating a precise, fun and humane graphic communication identity.

3 results of publication design by us

  • Better organisation and design of your original content, that serves your objectives and your users’ requirements.
  • Better communication with your users about what you do and offer, in a credible, engaging and enlightening way.
  • Enhanced global presence of your service, organisation or company.