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Document templates

over 1 year ago from , Digital designer

When my company creates everyday documents we today do one of two things:

  • I get the text/assets and create an indesign document
  • They create a file from google docs

Both ways are horrible, I don't have time to design every document in indesign and google docs templates are imho just bad.

How do you go about creating good looking templates that does not require everybody to install indesign? Any favorite application or workflow? InCopy? Is there anything cloud based/web app?

EDIT: I see I got a lot of downvotes (my first article here). Would be great if someone could share why? Do you feel like this has been discussed before? Bad title? Something else?

3 comments

  • Tyson KingsburyTyson Kingsbury, over 1 year ago

    I'm in the same boat, frankly.

    At the end of the day, I think that Google Docs is probably the way to go, if only because the main requirement is multiple users and 'access for everyone' etc... often, we can have multiple people collaborating on the same doc, so it's important that everyone can access it...can't think of another platform that does this as well as Google Docs.

    But. i'm hearing you... there's NOT a whole lot of great looking templates, and I'm definitely in need of a resource or source of better ones than I'm seeing now... that goes for both 'slides' and Docs...

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    • , over 1 year ago

      Sounds exactly like my situation. Collaborating and access for everybody is important here too. Shouldn't most companies have this problem?

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      • Tyson KingsburyTyson Kingsbury, over 1 year ago

        lol, i suppose they do, but I have NO idea how they sort it out.

        I laughed when I saw your post, and you mentioned about using Indesign....oh my god i've been there :) the problem was always 'how come my docs look so awful, but yours look so professional?....

        um, because I'm the creative director, and I use professional software to design things... and you're using fucking Microsoft Word...

        at the begining, I was trying to get everyone to use Adobe Indesign, just so we could all be 'on the same page' so to speak...but that was a non starter,...the CFO just couldn't find it in the budget to have everyone using Adobe ...

        eventually, we all settled on using google docs...google slides etc... and that's helped somewhat...but it's still a pain to get great looking work... it's like ok...we sorted out the whole 'everyone has access' part of the problem...but now we have the 'still looks like garbage' problem...

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