Printed Publications

These notes relate specifically to making documents accessible, for guidance on writing for university publications please review the Newcastle University Brand Guidelines.


  • Use a minimum font size of 12 point
  • Ensure good contrast between letters and the background.
  • Avoid underlining large volumes of text and the use of block capitals
  • Don’t underline hyperlinks
  • For handouts be prepared to offer some on cream paper and some in large print (16 point text or greater), or make it available electronically before the event
  • Use matte finish rather than gloss paper

Even Better


  • Avoid placing text on top of images or patterned backgrounds
  • Avoid complex table layouts if possible