Booklets are fun to design and are a great way to share information. They can be used for creative purposes (chapbooks, anthologies), professional communications (company handbooks, marketing brochures), and more. There are a few things you need to do to create an attractive booklet from writing great copy to actually binding it. Let’s go through the process so you can create your best booklets yet.
- Write your document and proofread it. Your copy is the heart and soul of your book, so it’s important to make sure it’s as polished as possible. Write several drafts before you do anything else and then proofread it several times. To help you catch any typos, it’s a good idea to have a colleague edit the document for you. If you need to do the editing yourself, enlarging the font in your word processing program can make it easier to spot spelling and grammatical errors.
- Choose your fonts wisely. The text of your booklet needs to be easy to read otherwise no one will be compelled to peruse it. Using a sans serif font such as Calibri or Verdana is the way to go. Be sure to avoid whimsical or hard-to-read fonts like Comic Sans which can look extremely unprofessional and make reading a hassle.
- Design your pages and cover. Once your text is perfect, you can begin designing your pages and cover. It’s usually helpful to draw out thumbnails before you use a program like InDesign. (You can also use a program like Microsoft Word.) Keep your color scheme consistent and don’t use more than two or three colors. Resist the urge to place clip art on every page and only use the best photographs. Be sure to keep your document’s dimensions in mind so everything fits on the page. When you’re satisfied with the layout, you can print your work on a laser or ink-jet printer.
- Bind your booklets. Once your booklets are printed out and collated, you can start binding them. One way you can do this is by stitching them. This is a good method if you only have a handful of booklets you need to bind. You could also staple the documents with a long-arm stapler. However, stapling them by hand can be time-consuming and tiring especially if you have a large stack you need to assemble. One other option is using a booklet maker, a machine that will fold and staple the documents. Using one of these machines is the perfect solution if you regularly need to assemble a lot of booklets, especially since some devices can staple hundreds of documents per hour.
As you can see, there are a number of…