Preparing and producing Annual Reports is not a straightforward process and those responsible for the project can face challenges in gathering and presenting requirements to stakeholders in a clear and interesting way.
If you are faced with a blank set of pages we can show you a range of design and print solutions to meet your individual requirements and give your company a realistic design and production timeline to ensure that your Annual Report is designed and printed professionally.
Annual Reports Finishing Options
Give your Annual Reports that extra special look and feel with the following popular options.
A UV Varnish is a liquid coating that is applied to the surface of a sheet which is then dried cured under an ultra violet light. This has the effect of highlighting and drawing attention to parts of the design, but it also provides the additional visual stimulus of having varied textures on a single printed surface.
MetalFX is a process of mixing metallic silver with a variety of process colours to give the desired effect. The process gives a metallic lustre to the printed image.
Lamination adds a layer of protective coating either gloss or matt to the printed piece. Lamination improves the sturdiness of the piece as well as giving it a level of water resistance. If a gloss laminate is applied to the printed surface, photos and images appear to have more shine and brightness. Matt laminated prints are more subdued but add an elegant finish to the printed surface.
Embossing and Debossing are the processes of creating either raised or recessed relief images and designs in paper and other materials. An embossed pattern is raised against the background, while a debossed pattern is sunken into the surface of the material (but might protrude somewhat on the reverse side).
Foiling is the application of metallic or pigmented foil on to a solid surface by application of a heated die. The foil stamp is a permanent process. Foils come in a wide selection of colours and finishes, from the most commonly used metallic gold and silver to foils with pearlescent and holographic effects.
Aqueous Coating is a fast-drying, water-based, protective coating which is applied while the paper stock is on the press to achieve a finish that exceeds the quality of a varnish. This water-based finish dries quickly and is resistant to smudges and fingerprints.
Annual Reports Binding Options
A professional yet cost effective option, saddle stitched books and booklets have been stapled through the folded line of gathered sheets of paper with sturdy wire staples. Depending on the size of the book, two or more staples are passed through and clinched on the central pages.
We recommend choosing saddle stitching for documents with less than 64 pages, to make sure they don’t become too bulky. Our team of graphic designers will make sure to use sufficient margins on your pages, so that the finished product is easy to read and looks professional.
As the names suggests, this binding technique will make sure your printed product looks picture perfect. We use a flexible and robust thermal glue on the spine to marry the cover and pages together, before trimming all the edges of the book.
For documents that are page heavy (more than 24 pages), perfect binding is the ideal option. Unlike our other binding techniques, printing can be done on the spine of the book to include titles and logos, and the clean, flat edges allow for neat stacking. Perfect binding is a professional and attractive option for books with a heavier, laminated cover.
Annual Reports Top Tips
10 things to remember when preparing an Annual Report:
- Invest time in preparing a comprehensive design brief.
- Work backwards from the deadline date to set a realistic time-line.
- Ensure all contributors are aware of key dates.
- Agree on objectives that can be achieved within your budget.
- To avoid repeating sections prepare a detailed content plan.
- Allow plenty of time for reference checking.
- Set requirements for styles of typeset copy and images.
- Ensure your key messages are clearly highlighted and easy to read.
- Schedule time for you and all stakeholders to work through the first poof in order to cut down time needed on subsequent proofs.
- Keep your design time up-to-date with any developments that may have an impact of the deadlines for the Annual Report.