National Seminars Group
National Seminars Group presents

How to Design Newsletters Brochures Ads Catalogs Reports Proposals Presentation Materials and More On-Site Training

This on-site training class is also available as Public Schedule Seminar.

In this 2-day event learn essential graphic design and layout skills that’ll make every project you produce more visually powerful and effective!

Course Description/Agenda

All the desktop publishing software in the world can’t make your documents visually compelling if you don’t have solid skills in layout and design. Without this essential design knowledge, any newsletters, brochures or catalogs you create will look ordinary. Presentation materials will lack visual pizzazz. Reports and proposals you prepare may well go unread. And ads or Web pages? Mediocre, at best.

To produce documents that get noticed — and get results — you need a solid understanding of the basics of good design.

That’s where this comprehensive two-day workshop comes in.

There’s no experience required to attend: If you don’t have a background in design, but you use desktop publishing software and want to give a professional polish to everything you create, this workshop is for you! In just two intensive days of training, we’ll show you how to make every document you produce more eye-catching, more compelling — and much more effective.

We’ll introduce you to the elements of good design, the essential design tools that’ll make your job a lot easier, and — most importantly — enable you to grab your readers’ attention and entice them to keep reading! You’ll learn ...

  • Design guidelines for different types of documents, from newsletters to basic Web pages
  • How to create “hot spots” that place added emphasis on what’s really important
  • Why white space is so critical — even if you really need that space for text
  • Quick and simple techniques for creating easy-to-read, visually impressive charts
  • The psychology of color — and how to use it most effectively
  • Shortcuts for turning out polished projects when you’re in a time crunch

This workshop offers you much more than others on similar topics because it provides two full days of intensive training — that’s two entire days you’ll spend learning with a desktop publishing design expert who can answer all your questions! We guarantee that you’ll learn far more than in a one-day course, and you’ll retain more of what you learn, thanks to our exclusive accelerated training techniques.

How to Design Newsletters, Brochures, Ads, Catalogs, Reports, Proposals, Presentation Materials and More! gets to the nitty-gritty how-to’s of design — the essentials that help you create fresh, exciting documents that get the results you need. You won’t find these skills in your software manual ... and you won’t convey the professional flair that gets your documents noticed without them!

Don’t miss this important opportunity to take your design skills from so-so to sensational — in just two days of training. There’s simply no faster or better way to get the design know-how you need to make every project an attention-grabber!

What You'll Learn:

Six Essentials of Great Design

  • Create Attention-Grabbers and “Hot Spots”
    Getting your reader to notice your work is half the battle — the other half is making sure you drive home your main messages. Discover the many ways to “hook and reel in” your readers. Plus, learn how to create “hot spots” on the page that always get read — even by “skimmers” who want just the facts.
  • Establish a Tone That Speaks to Your Audience
    Graphics, type fonts, backgrounds — these elements all give your document a specific “personality.” And that personality should be one your audience can relate to. Learn how to choose these elements wisely to create the tone that best suits the message you’re trying to communicate to your readers.
  • Simplify! And Make Every Document Easier to Read
    It’s often difficult to fit everything you need to say into the allotted space. We’ll show you simple tricks for presenting complex information in an easy-to-read format and how to create balance among the elements on the page. You’ll also learn invaluable tips for improving overall readability.
  • Use Color Correctly to Enhance Your Message — Not Detract From It
    Color is so powerful it can communicate without words, which is why this workshop includes an important discussion on the psychology of color. You’ll find out what reactions various colors can evoke in your readers, plus learn guidelines for using color most effectively in different types of documents.
  • Use Pictures and Graphics to Add Visual Impact
    Sometimes the right photograph or graphic can “say it all.” We’ll let you in on the best sources of photographs, illustrations and other graphic images that will convey your message perfectly. You’ll also gain great tips for positioning your graphics to give your documents maximum impact.
  • Avoid the Pitfall of Graphic Overload
    Some desktop publishing users have a tendency to overfill their pages with too many graphic elements and special effects. The results are difficult to read — and they look amateurish, which reflects poorly on both the designer and organization. Attend this workshop and you’ll never risk falling into that trap again!

Who Should Attend?

  • Newsletter editors
  • Brochure designers
  • Catalog design professionals
  • Desktop publishers
  • Beginning Web page designers
  • Administrative assistants
  • PR professionals
  • Advertising professionals
  • Marketing professionals
  • Graphics production assistants
  • Marketing directors
  • Small business owners
  • Speakers and trainers
  • And anyone else who wants to produce top-quality, attention-getting documents!

Workshop Agenda:

Planning Pointers That Guarantee a Great Start

  • The importance of understanding who your readers are and why you’re communicating with them before you design
  • What do you want your document to accomplish?
  • The message is everything: How to make sure all elements of your design are in harmony
  • How-to’s for making a strong, positive first impression
  • Planning tips that’ll save you tons of time later on
  • Using thumbnails to map out where you’re headed

Design 101: Recognizing the Elements of Excellent Design

  • Look and learn! Examples of exceptional design in various types of documents
  • What makes a design effective?
  • Understanding how balance and proportion work to create visually appealing layouts
  • How to grab the reader’s attention ... and hold it!
  • Tips for making sure those who skim your documents don’t miss your key points
  • Boxes, sidebars and call-outs: Creating a focal point on a text-heavy page
  • The critical importance of using white space — and how to do it effectively
  • Headlines, subheads and other key elements that increase readability
  • How to create “flow” to guide the reader through your document
  • “Design disasters” guaranteed to make you look like a rookie — and how to avoid them

Choosing Type Styles and Sizes for Maximum Impact

  • Selecting text type: The pros and cons of serifs and sans serifs
  • What you need to know about leading, tracking and kerning
  • How many different point sizes can you safely mix on a page?
  • ALL CAPS vs. Upper and Lower Case: Knowing the rule and when you can break it
  • Right-justified, left-justified or centered — which alignment is best for your document


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