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Plain English design online course

About the course

There is more to clear communication than choosing the right words. This short course teaches design principles to follow to produce documents that are clear and effective as well as attractive.


The course covers the following.


  • Type size
  • Typefaces
  • Typeface weights


  • Columns
  • Margins and binding
  • Line length
  • Leading
  • Hierarchy of headings
  • White space


  • Paper size
  • Grids and columns
  • Paper weights and finishes


Form design

Testing drafts

General guidelines and summary

Examples of poor design


Ordering a place on the Plain English design online course

The course costs £20 plus VAT (total price £24). You use the course on a password-protected website. You will have unlimited access to the course for two weeks.


We can accept payment with the following cards.

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To order a place on this course, phone us on 01663 744409 between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday. We will take your card details, process the payment and send you a receipt. If you would prefer to pay by BACs, we can send you a VAT invoice.

If you want to order a number of courses, email us for an order form.

Please note that your username and password to log in to the course will be sent to you during the working day after you have made your payment.


Refunds may be given at the discretion of the management.

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