University of Minnesota, Water Resources Center
Legislative Intiative
Graphic Design, Layout, Illustration, Charts and Tables


“Finishing school” for reports.

Graphic design gives imposing reports better social skills. Prospective supporters are busy and distracted. They can easily overlook your hard work. Do them a favor. Invite them on a friendly, guided tour.

Transform complexity—in our example, a 12-chapter, seven-appendix, 50-figure report—into an engaging venture. A few of the attractive assets of this makeover: Graphic cues for convenient access to core content; signposts that put a familiar face on key elements and figures; and straightforward navigational landmarks; all thoughtful courtesies to grateful readers.