overseas development institute


The Overseas Development Institute, based in London, had a new template design already created in Adobe InDesign. However, with users based in offices across the world, they needed a template that could be used by non-Adobe users.

This was a more advanced style of Word template, so apart from the usual application of brand guidelines (colour scheme, text and table styles), the following was also used in the template:

  • one- and two-column sections;

  • a layered front page (image underneath a partially-transparent graphic, with text on top);

  • table of contents;

  • table of figures

  • cross-referencing;

  • odd and even page headers and footers;

  • images with captions.

The video below shows how I created this template and used it for a report in French.