Do you want to improve the visual appeal of your Google Sheets while also enhancing their functionality? Look no further than this section of great Google Sheet aesthetics and design tips!
These simple yet effective design strategies will not only make your sheets look good, but they will also help you work more efficiently and effectively. If we're spending 8 to 10 hours a day inside spreadsheets, we might as well enjoy it. Right?
Creating an Aesthetically Pleasing Google Sheet
By incorporating a few design techniques, you can create a visually pleasing spreadsheet that is also easy to use and understand. From customizing cell formatting to adjusting color and iconography, there are many ways to improve the appearance and functionality of your Google Sheets.
Your coworkers will start to notice. Your sheets won't look like anyone else's. That is until they start stealing your techniques. And then you'll just have to come back for more!
Customize Formatting for Improved Readability
Choose a Clear and Readable Font
I go into more details in these tutorials: My Favorite Fonts and Better Header Fonts
Adjust Font Sizes and Styles for Emphasis
For example instead of making your header bigger, and then losing readability of your data, keep your header small. You only need it for navigation and orientation, not constantly to read. Your data is more important.
One more quick technique is not to increase the size or boldness of your headers, but rather decrease the contrast of your non-important data. Down towards gray will help you point out your important data.
Use Colors to Highlight Data
Well that's what they all say but your in Better Sheets, there's a better way.
First off, decrease the contrast of your sheets. This improves the experience so you can actually stare at your sheets longer. The highest contrast hurts our eyes! And Arial hurts our hearts.
Get this free Google Sheet Add-on: Sheet Styles to decrease the contrast between your text and background with one click.
Adding Images and Graphics to Enhance Visual Appeal
Use Icons and Symbols to Simplify Data
Use Emojis when and where you can. They empower you to get a little funky with your sheets.
check out this tutorial: Insert Emojis in Sheets
some other advice they might have:
- Creating a Consistent and Cohesive Look
- Choose a Color Scheme and Stick to It
- Use Formatting Styles Consistently
The sheet design techniques featured in these tutorials will empower you to make great sheets. Sheets that your bosses will love. Sheets you'll love to work in. And might just save your sanity once and for all.