Writing a Book?
Need a Website?
Need Graphic Design?
You've come to the Right Place
I'm Diane Osborne and I run DesignOptions
Whatever your business I can help you get to where you want to be from design of brochures and other print media, WordPress-built websites and formatting of books/journals/reports (and more)
I have been in the desktop publishing/graphic design business for over 40 years and have expanded my business to include website design and the formatting of books, thesis and academic journals.
I work at home so have no costly overheads to on-charge clients.
I believe that in the current economic climate, one-person and smaller businesses need to promote themselves via good business marketing, i.e. business cards and a website – but at a price that isn’t going to put a strain on their business. I also believe that when someone puts in the effort and hours of research required to write, for example a book, journal, article, or thesis, that that work can and should be presented in the best possible way. I am extremely conscientious about meeting deadlines, completing tasks and offer 100% confidentiality. I have both Apple Macintosh and Windows computers.
If you have graphic / web / formatting requirements other than those discussed on this site please contact me. With my advanced computer skills I am certain to be able to assist you.
This is a simple site – using the Single Page option when paying for a Domain name which means no cost for hosting – for me it suits well as I can say what needs to be said without having lots of images etc. using bandwidth for people like yourself scrolling through :)
Books, journals, theses . . . and more! I have extensive skills in Microsoft Word and Excel; and specialise in formatting tables so am able to format books in raw Microsoft Word format and produce print-ready pdfs.
I also have extensive knowledge of Adobe Indesign for books which require more sophisticated indepth layout than that available in Microsoft Word.
I offer the following services:
- Compilation of files into one complete document
- Inserting images and graphics, resizing and converting to cmyk or greyscale
- Placement of tables and styling of same to ensure data is clearly read
- Inserting headers and footers
- Inserting page numbers
- Creating styles for headings so Tables of Content update automatically
- Creating Tables of Contents
- Creating styles for numbered and bulleted lists to ensure consistency
- Fixing typographical errors, e.g. spacing and hyphenation; spacing between a bracket and text; replacing ‘ . . .’ with ellipses and ‘-‘ with an en dash and many other common and easily overlooked errors
- A low-resolution pdf will be produced for proofing purposes. Once any changes have been made (changes to actual written content will incur a charge but minor changes to styling are free) another low-resolution pdf will be produced for final proofing purposes.
- A print-ready pdf with embedded images and fonts will be uploaded to Dropbox and a link sent to yourself and/or desired printer.
I have dealt with an editor of academic journals and books on many occasions and whole-heartedly recommend her if you would like a professional to edit your documentation prior to being supplied to me for formatting. Email Sue at firstname.lastname@example.org
I am a huge fan of using WordPress for designing and building websites. WordPress is a world-renowned system that makes creating, editing and updating your website simple.
WordPress allows my clients to edit most elements of their websites – from text and image content, to adding new pages and search engine metadata. WordPress also has thousands of plug-ins for additional functionality.
Benefits of having your site created with WordPress include:
- Ease of use, usually an hour or two of instruction is enough to learn the basics of changing content
- Managing text and images across all the pages of your site
- Adding new pages and having menus and navigation update automatically
- If you have social media sites, e.g. Facebook or Twitter, your site can be linked to them – reducing your workload
- Managing keywords, descriptions and other metadata across all pages – great for search engine optimisation
Samples of a few of the websites created:
I can help your business by designing at very competitive rates:
- Business cards
- All office stationery
- Business forms, e.g., Real Estate Agent Listing Authorities, Legal documentation
- Brochures and fliers
- High-quality Interactive forms that are clear and easy to use
DesignOptions made the website experience very easy for us, they were open to suggestions both in the design, functionality and maintenance of the site. Our experience with DesignOptions was excellent, they are professional, friendly and accommodating, and we will quietly mention affordable. We received results which exceeded our expectations and our client response has been fabulous. Their service and support is second to none. We recommend them highly, if you require further convincing please feel free to call us.
Mason Containers Limited / Mason Contractors Limited
Diane has excellent copy editing, typographic, and design skills, which were put to great use for our book project. She proved herself to be willing, able, dedicated, and very conscious of deadlines and budget requirements. The client was most enthusiastic with the result. I look forward to working with Diane again, and recommend her without reservation.
Jet Aircraft Operations
Diane Osborne has recently completed the formatting for my doctoral thesis. The standard of her work is exemplary, and I am delighted with the outcome. She was extremely professional in her approach and in every interaction with her I felt confident that my work was in excellent hands. She demonstrated attention to detail and communicated with me promptly if something needed clarification. I greatly appreciated her drawing my attention to errors I had missed and her thoroughness and eye for detail is evident in the quality of presentation in my formatted thesis. I highly recommend Diane for any formatting work and will be using her services again in the future.
Bethlehem Tertiary Institute
Thank you for the excellent formatting work you did on my lengthy document. I was very impressed by your thoroughness and skill and will encourage my colleagues to make use of your services.
Dr Elizabeth Rata
Director: Knowledge and Education Research Unit
School of Critical Studies in Education
Faculty of Education, University of Auckland
Diane Osborne recently completed the formatting for my sole-authored book, which is to be published with Peter Lang Publishers, New York, USA. The book reference is: Fitzpatrick, K. (2013). Critical pedagogy, physical education and urban schooling. New York: Peter Lang.
The quality of Diane’s work on this project was important as the final layout and formatting of the text needed to meet the publisher’s strict and exact requirements in order for the book to proceed to print within the timelines required. Diane competed this work within a short timeline and to the highest possible standards. She communicated directly with the publishers when needed and checked formatting issues with me before proceeding. Diane paid attention to detail in the text and picked up inconsistencies missed by the professional copy editors and me. As a result of her work, the final presentation of the book is of a very high standard, both technically and aesthetically.
Diane’s work on this project significantly reduced my own workload in getting the book to print. Her manner of communication is professional and friendly and she works in an efficient and productive manner. She solved problems when needed and it was clear to me throughout that she brings a great deal experience to her work, both in her knowledge of formatting and other technical software, and of writing conventions and construction. I have no hesitation in recommending Diane for similar work.
Dr Katie Fitzpatrick. PhD.
Senior Research Fellow
School of Curriculum and Pedagogy
Te Kura o te Marautanga me te Ako
Faculty of Education, University of Auckland
Diane of DesignOptions has been involved from day one with the setting up of Maximise Real Estate. Diane handles all our design work, not limited to website design, word documents including interactive forms (and designing layout of such), listing and other forms, letterheads, business cards, signage (including photo signs) and property brochures, basically everything. All work has been completed in a timely fashion and of a very professional standard. Being home-based enables Diane to offer an incredibly cost-effective service. We definitely regard Diane as one of our most important silent partners and will continue to use her services exclusively. I would have no hesitation in recommending her whatsoever, so much so I invite anyone who would like a verbal testimonial to call me on 09 422 9632.
Chris de Lautour
Owner, Maximise Real Estate
Email: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone: 09 431 2797 or 0274 069 639
will respond promptly to any messages left.