Practical and stable Word templates from InDesign concepts
InDesign is great for creating document layouts and producing smaller, more intricate documents, such as brochures. It is not so good for producing documents running to hundreds of pages, with multiple writers and contributors, many of whom struggle to use Word properly, never mind InDesign.
We take conceptual designs and document layouts, and create practical, stable Word templates from them. These templates are easy to use and ensure that people are using Word the way that they should do, to create consistent, high quality documentation in the most efficient way.
The concept files are usually created in InDesign but they could equally be just a PDF. We just need to know the fonts and colours being used and be able to see the design layout.
Why can't I just use a software tool to handle conversion automatically
Word works in a fundamentally different way to InDesign.
While it may be possible to get a representation of an InDesign file in Word format, it will not be practical to use and certainly should not be used as a template. After all the whole point of having a template is to create a good, stable starting point for creating documentation. If the template is flawed from the beginning then everything created from it will also be flawed and difficult to work with.
You might be surprised at how good Word documents can look!
Most people tend to have an idea in their head of how documents produced in Word look - and it's not generally very flattering.
In actual fact, you might be surprised at how good documents created from a properly designed Word template can look, and how flexible they can be.
We regularly work with graphic design agencies who are providing re-branding services to their clients, creating Word templates based on their design concepts.