With all of the attention-grabbing techno tools available for documents, reports and presentations, it is tempting to load a “paper” with a huge array of charts, graphs, cartoons and clever uses of bright colors.
They can help convey the message, but used injudiciously they can also detract from it.
Speaking during the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) Not-For-Profit Industry Conference, Eric Fraint, president and founder of Your Part-Time Controller LLC, offered his advice on basic design principles.
Basic Design. Keep it simple:
Simplifying Tables. Tables with data are often times necessary. But make it easier for readers to get to the story. Take these steps:
Simplifying charts and graphs:
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