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Q1:What's the easiest way to develop a customized look for a FileMaker solution?
A1: Select typefaces, colors, and general layout guidelines for yourself. Don't use all the options; rather, use a subset of them and use them consistently. Look at the templates provided with FileMaker; they all use a standard design. You can reuse that design or modify it for your own purposes.
Q2:I showed a client a customized layout and the reaction was “the type's too small.” It's the same size as the FileMaker templates. What am I doing wrong?
A2: This is one of the most common issues that comes up with layout design. There are two steps to take. The first is preventive: Make sure that your type sizes, fonts, and styles are, indeed, the ones you want. Boldface type, for example, frequently appears muddy on the screen. The second step is to remind people that they should not react to an intellectual idea of whether the layout is too big, too small, or too anything else; they should try to use it and see what works and what doesn't. (And, of course, you should have already done your homework in this regard so that you're sure that your choices are correct.)
Q3:What's the first thing you do in creating a layout?
A3: If the layout is not for a printed report, the first thing I do is size it to the screen and make it wider than tall (as most screens are, but most printed pages are not).


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