annual report design

It’s that time of the year when many of you are working on annual reports for your companies. Several departments are involved in this: some are busy gathering and analyzing data, some are writing summaries and others are piecing it all together as a professional business report.

Then all of this has to be made look good and business-like, so the design team takes over.

But if you’re working for a smaller company, you might need to do the job of several people. If you’re a marketer + designer + jack of all trades, you could probably use some annual report design inspiration. Fear not, you are in the right place. The best way to improve your skills is to learn from others. I’ve gathered 20 professional annual report designs to serve as inspiration.

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All of them have been created by our users as PDF files and uploaded on Flipsnack for easy sharing and for giving them an even more professional look.

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1. Annual environmental report

Annual environmental report

Business and corporate reports are often dull or boring. But not this one. This report layout is very engaging because it uses a nice combination of colors and illustrations, which makes the layout very dynamic-looking.

2. School report example

School report example

Who says you can’t have photos in a report? Well, you can! This K12 school annual report is a great example of a less formal-looking design.

3. Professional research report

Professional research report

This is a very simple and nice way to present numbers, so it’s perfect if you’re not ready to tackle a more complex project. Besides, simple is clean and elegant.

4.Report design inspiration

Report design inspiration

You can’t expect anything less than perfection from an Amnesty International report. Even though it is not an annual report sample, this layout can be adapted to any type of professional report.

5. Business report example

Business report example

Another great example of a good report, presenting some of the key achievements of the organization. If you want to check the full report click on the image above, and you will see that all the pages are professionally designed and suitable for annual report design inspiration.

6. Annual report layout

Annual report layout

The page on the left presents one of the marketing campaigns of the company as an article, while the right side features some visual graphs.

7. Annual report example

Annual report example

Inform your company employees about all the important developments and successful campaigns of the year. Sometimes this kind of achievements can’t be presented using just numbers. The members of your organization need to know the details.

8. Board members page

Board members page

If there have been some changes in the board committee, the information should be put in your corporate newsletter. Additionally, you can dedicate one layout to present the management team / board in your annual report.

9. Annual report – chart

Annual report - chart

Even a simple graph can be made interesting and visually delightful, if you do it right. Colors are key, and the way the chart is spread across 2 pages makes it more impactful.

10. Report layout ideas

Report layout ideas

What I like about this layout is how the designer used subtle borders to separate the different sections of the report. Each section also has a label, which makes it easier for the reader to scan the page for information.

11. Show off your charts

charts report

As a marketer, you have to know your numbers and don’t be afraid to show it. Don’t hide them in a corner of your report. Put them in the spotlight in a similar-looking layout.

12. Annual report design colorful

colorful report layout

As always, you have to think about the organization for which you are making the report. While this colorful layout may not work for a highly formal corporation, it would be perfect for a casual environment.

13. Annual report magazine

Annual report magazine

Some universities are using Flipsnack for presentations, reports, newsletters, magazines and prospectuses. I really like how this one looks. Don’t you?

14. Highlights of the year page

achievements report page

Reports can be used for various reasons. One of the reasons why a company would want to make an report could be to presents some milestones or the highlights of the year. Turn the report into a reason to celebrate.

15.Unusual annual report

fashion report

If you want to design an impressive annual report, you might consider making a bold move. The colors and the photography used in this layout and are not typically used in reports, but they work.

16. Professional business report format

Professional business report format

Here we have a very simple design again, which looks great. If you work with a grid, you’ll be able to easily re-create these pages.

17. Spice things up with contrasts

simple report design

The white numbers and letters on the dark background look great because of the high contrast. Black and white is always a safe option, but you can play with other high contrasting tones as well.

18. Work with shapes

report layout design

If you want to make a layout look more interesting, use shapes, overlays, colors and gradients. Be inspired by this layout.

19. Add a timeline

report timeline page

This report features a timeline that covers an extended period of time, but you can adapt the timeline idea and present the most important milestones of the year in your design.

20. Report layout example

Report layout example

This is the final report on this list. Some of these examples were very formal, some were playful, but this one is somewhere in between. If that’s the look you are going for, use this as inspiration.

Bonus: Free annual report templates

Alright folks, this is the end of the list!

Thank you for sticking with me till the very end. I know you partially did so because you were just starting to work on that annual report for your company and so, you were looking for some inspiration. And that’s totally fine.
But I got some really good news: free annual report templates you can fully edit. They were just here waiting for you, so let’s get started!  

Financial Annual Report Template

Financial Annual Report Template
Fully edit this annual report in Flipsnack.

Financial reports are usually kinda boring, right?

But this year it’s your turn to impress stakeholders. If you start with this financial annual report template, chances are that I’m right. Simply take this design to our editor and get started. Make sure to include clear data in a visually pleasing way.
Even boring financial statements can be interesting if you present them in a more creative way. This financial annual report template gives you the opportunity to incorporate engaging design elements when you present your company’s financial growth. 

Flipsnack’s Design Studio is packed with drag and drop editing features that allow for a smooth personalization of this template. Worried about making those charts look good?
PRO TIP: Integrate all branding elements of your company in this annual report design. When you’re done, make sure to save the entire design as a template. You will thank me next year when you’ll just have to update the data and some images.

Business Annual Report Template

Flipsnack business report template
Fully edit this business report in Flipsnack.

Again, let’s take this out of our heads. Business reports really don’t have to be boring. Repeat this while editing this cool business report template.

Even if it’s aimed to be used for business purposes, this design looks cool and makes use of colorful images and other design elements.

Not only you can fully edit this template and make it look professional and business-like, but you definitely need to personalize it to the fullest. By adding the colors of your company, logo, fonts and all branded elements, you capitalize on the power of presenting data and charts in a visually enticing manner. All while keeping your design on-brand.

For a more minimalist approach, keep the same white background and use images and videos to catch the attention of your audience.

Humanitarian Foundation Report Template

Fully edit this humanitarian report in Flipsnack.

The thing about this kind of reports is that you can fully personalize them and, perhaps, most importantly, you can add a human touch to them.
Raising money for charity is no walk in the park. Therefore, it’s even more important to talk about how that money was spent.

This humanitarian foundation report template is designed with the human perspective in mind. With multiple pages dedicated to be filled with powerful images.

Besides images, make sure to write about your mission, what you accomplished in the previous year, and most importantly, how you helped the community. More than just some fancy words, which, of course, are important, say it with numbers and charts.

Our Design Studio is fully equipped to help you tell the story of how your non-profit organization. It’s up to you to get creative while keeping your design on-brand.

PRO TIP: Dedicate an entire spread to donors, contributors and thank them for all their support.

Ready to impress stakeholders?

One of our biggest missions, here at Flipsnack is to make people less confused about designing their own marketing materials. Be it flyers, brochures or annual reports, we want to take the stress out of creating high-quality designs.

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I hope you found all these annual report ideas useful. And I truly hope you will use one of the report templates listed above. If you do, make sure to share your thoughts with us. Here, in the comments below or on social media.
Ready to impress stakeholders this year?

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