CHAPTER 2

Principles of Document Design

You may have arrived at this chapter thinking to yourself, “Why should I care about something like this? My job is to present substance—not worry about style.” And while document design does not appear in the bulleted list of a stage manager’s duties, style has a very significant impact on that substance for which we are responsible. If the recipient of a schedule or chart cannot understand the information you have provided, it is as if you haven’t provided it at all. By understanding some basic concepts about font, layout, and continuity, the stage manager can ensure that the time spent preparing and sharing paperwork is not wasted effort.

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