Rachel is the Founder and Creative Director of RF Design, an established UK design agency specialising in education, charity and non-profit sectors.
"We use Datylon for Illustrator to design charts and data-heavy reports for customers. Thanks to Datylon we were able to increase productivity whilst also enjoying more design flexibility."
Each month RF Design creates a number of data-heavy reports for customers, consisting on average of 30+ pages.. Some of these are annual reports, which can be considerably longer.
Their customers expect these reports to be fully on brand, including all the styling elements - like colors and fonts - in their charts. That’s why they use powerful tools like Adobe Illustrator and InDesign.
Illustrator has charting functions that can be useful if you’re on a deadline. Make a quick chart, design, publish. If, however, you need to design charts on a monthly basis or need to use a more complex chart type, you have to use different software and then come back to Illustrator to manually adjust.
“Datylon for Illustrator gives us the comfort to stay in Illustrator, and design highly customized charts in a more productive way.”
When you’re designing multi-page reports with lots of charts, just like RF Design, the combination of Illustrator, InDesign and Datylon is a match made in heaven:
All charts are fully customizable. There is no property you can’t edit
You get to work with plenty more chart types than what Illustrator is offering
You can update charts with new data without losing styling efforts
The different properties in your charts will resize automatically
You have all your Illustrator color swatches at hand
Once your charts are placed in InDesign, updating them is just a click away
“It takes some time to discover all the features and possibilities, because there are so many. But once you’ve spent some time with it, it’s simply amazing.”