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Proposal layout and graphic design (PDW 7)

January 31, 2023

Proposal Development Workshops (PDWs) are 30 – 60-minute webinars on key milestones along the funding journey. Presenters provide best practice and ASU-specific insight across all facets of proposal development. Starting with understanding the funding landscape, going through finding a solicitation, developing a proposal, and preparing a budget, each webinar is a quick look at best practice. These webinars are appropriate to all stages of researcher from any discipline for any sponsor. PDW’s are held approximately every other week at 10am AZ. Sponsored by KE Research Development

Are you intimidated by graphics? Do you lack creative flair? Let’s learn the importance of leveraging graphics for impactful proposals. 

Graphics are one of the most effective ways to persuade the audience to select your solution. Graphics convey both facts and emotion, equally important aspects of effective persuasion. Proposals can be very text heavy and data driven which can overwhelm the audience. To keep the audience engaged and strengthen research, it is essential to adhere to data visualization best practices. This will help determine the best way to present data visually. Data visualization should be useful, visually appealing and never misleading. Applying some basic principles of design which are balance, contrast, hierarchy and color will result in a cohesive visually appealing proposal. 

Although there may be challenges and certain rules that may restrict design abilities, learning these in advance will save time and meet the requirements for success. Rather it's a chart, graph, infographic or map, innovative client-focused graphics with layout techniques are often the difference between average and excellent proposals. 

Attend this webinar if you’re interested in learning more about how to successfully execute a proposal with layout technique and clean-cut graphics. 


  • Vincent Alrich, Art Director, Research Development 

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Date: January 31, 2023 

Time: 10am-11am (AZ time)  

Location: online only