We established a first detectors network by inviting woodland owners to monitor for invasive pests on their property as volunteers. Accessible outreach materials are necessary to communicate volunteer responsibilities. A professional graphic design firm provided a series of design and layout techniques, including font size, font style, spacing, color palette, backgrounds, and figures, that improved our instructional guidebook. The guidebook was received positively in anonymous volunteer evaluations and in face-to-face discussion. The techniques may be useful in the development of materials for other outreach programs.
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Tylczak, L., Andow, D., Borgida, E., & Hurley, T. (2015). Design Clarity in Public Outreach Documents: A Guidebook for a First Detector Volunteer Network. The Journal of Extension, 53(2), Article 29. https://doi.org/10.34068/joe.53.02.29