When you are in a position in the workplace where you find yourself making covers for all the reports (some that are not even yours) you can either take it as a compliment that people are appreciating your skills but sometimes it will end up as a issue when you end up missing your own work when doing other things. So here are some tips to use to get simple but elegant covers done and sent off soon.
● Stock type
If you have a logo or a title to be used on the cover then go for some extravaganza with a unique option of using a different textured paper. Linen, felt and vellum give a report a special noticeable quality that will grab attention when just even looking at it. The coloured type of stocks will make your report stand out and there will not be any printing to be done. Usually recycled material stocks are there for the eco-friendly types and also this is a good option for the environmental projects and such that you are doing. You can get your logo and its image getting spreading through using this on your web video production portfolio. Link here http://www.ofiproductions.com.au/ofi-productions/ is another great production that can suit your needs.
● Go for the basic four colour elements
The four major colours should come from the categories of cyan, magenta, black and yellow and could be in any range but it should create a mix that does not seem out of place. This will allow you to fit in images and photographs that would end up sticking out when using one or two colour themes for the report. You can even fill in empty areas with patterns or solid coloured shapes with these four colours in pages. The background colour should always be a pastel shade and a neutral tone to as not to interfere with the four major colours you are using. When you are doing web video production you can present your portfolio using these options to emphasise your video photographs and images.
● Window focusing
You might have seen the window focus option being used by reports to drag in attention to the areas where the window is made. This is good for reports that need to be in neutral and pastel shades without much colour craziness going on. To do this you will have to print the cover page and then cut off the middle to create window to reflect the words printed on the following page which will have all the information usually.
There are numerous tutorials (written and video form) online for inspiring graphic designers to get going on improving their skills at even a normal job.