Design Samples

The following documents illustrate some of the basic principles I discuss in my document design lecture for WRIT 430: Copyediting and Document Design. All the documents were revised simply using Microsoft Word.

Intellectual Property in Online Education: Who “Owns” the Digital Academy?   before | after

This article discusses legal issues involved in distance education. While the original document is certainly readable, the revised document is more visually engaging because it makes use of color, pull quotes, and a strong sense of alignment.
Tools: Acrobat, Word

Dissertation Section [Bayesian Probability Theory Appendix]   before | after

This appendix describes a complicated statistical theorem used in the medical decision-making process. It is almost impossible for a non-statistician to read and comprehend the original document. I struggled with the presentation of this information for several weeks. While the revised document doesn’t alter the APA-defined format, it does add simple visual elements to illustrate the practical use of these calculations.
Tools: Acrobat, Word

Task-Oriented Instructions   before | after

These step–by–step directions guide a user through a computer–related task. The original document is very confusing for users. There’s no sense of a conceptual hierarchy; there are no visual clues to support the instructions; and the text is hard to read. The revised document makes the pattern of organization obvious; it provides graphics to visually confirm the results of each action; and it is formatted to make the text more inviting.
Tools: Acrobat, Word