Any advice or resources on best practices when designing printed forms in InDesign CS2? I have a registration form to design (and will have several dozen others to redesign in the new year) and would like to do things right the first time.
I've learned a lot about correctly using, say, nested stylesheets, libraries, master pages and the like for documents of all sorts in the last few years. My publication workflow is streamlined and nerdy and zen and that makes me happy every time I crack open InDesign.
But I've picked up very little about tables (especially limitations thereof), underlines, aligning labels, spacing things for hand entry by pen, and all those other various and sundry little things that we come across on paper forms every day.
The existing registration form I'm starting from was made in Word and is truly painful--I'm talking word art, centered-headlines-using-a-bunch-of-spaces, comic sans, the whole nine yards--and so I'm doubly excited about rebuilding things properly from scratch in InDesign. Obviously these things differ from case to case but I'm looking for some ground rules.
I found a print-to-order book called Table and Form Design in InDesign
, but it has no reviews. I guess what I'm looking for are comments on the book if anyone has read it, as well as other links to tutorials along the lines of what you might find on InDesign Secrets
(especially their videocasts). Thanks for any leads anybody can offer!