No-frills publishing

Treasury Board's Planning Information Products: Effective, No-frills Publishing Practices promotes producing publications that are economical, well-designed and environmentally sound, and that communicate effectively. It calls for the elimination of non-essential publications and for a departmental review of current practices and methods of providing information.

Considerations for print publications include:

  • choosing a recycled paper;
  • printing in one colour only;
  • avoiding complicated folds on panel folders and kit folders;
  • avoiding fancy diecutting on covers, panel folders and kit folders; and
  • printing only quantities that are needed.

Considerations for electronic products include:

  • user access;
  • reproduction (texts, graphics, sound);
  • storage capacity;
  • text retrieval software;
  • applicable standards; and
  • links with other information sources.