Carnegie Mellon University

Document Design

If you're designing a document and want to make it easier for your audience to read, you have several options. You could always cut down information, but that may be difficult (or impossible!) in some cases. You can use different fonts and stylistic elements, but you risk creating a distracting document. It is effective to blend and combine several strategies to draft the clearest document for your readers. These strategies include: 

  • Bolded or clearly delineated section headings
  • Text boxes or callouts
  • Textual and design patterns
  • Font variation

If you want to see a beautiful before and after document makeover, click on the sidebar to view, download, and print the handout. 

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