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February 26, 2013

Evolution of a Handout

Recently a coworker asked if I could help revise a handout she made.  Her handout was fine and the information was good, but she was looking for a more graphical representation.  She also didn’t like that the handout spanned two pages:


While we were discussing the updates needed, she mentioned that she really likes the way that Consumer Reports formats their product comparisons.  Since this is a handout comparing different tools for note taking, I tried to mimic their style and came up with this:

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I pared down some of the information to fit it to one page and kept the logos.  But it still wasn’t quite right.  I couldn’t get the chart to size like I wanted it to in Word, so I copied it to Publisher, which allowed me to customize my colors and stretch the margins for spacing so that the chart was more eye-catching and easier to read:

tools for notetaking3

How do you guys feel about handouts–should they be one-page only?

For the Publisher file of this document, contact April Aultman Becker.

Taking Advantage of Cover Art

Book Club AdvertisementSometimes the image you have to work with is so attractive that it should be the center piece of your flyer or event advertisement. I think the cover art and color scheme for The Dog Stars by Peter Heller is just beautiful. The easiest thing for me to do was just include a picture of the book! I think the advertisement is brief and graphic and gets the job done. The font is 5 Minutes from

For the original Photoshop files, email Veronica Arellano Douglas.

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