An annual report is an important extension of your brand’s story. Presenting that information in the best package possible is crucial, yet many brands don’t prioritize their annual report design, which is a shame. Whether it’s making your data easier to interpret or helping you showcase your culture, great design is the key to making a lasting impression.
To give you a little inspiration and celebrate some truly astounding work, we’ve rounded up 50 of our favorite annual report design examples, including print, interactive infographics, and video. These impressive creations show just how clever and creative annual report design can be when you’re willing to experiment.
We hope you enjoy—and if this happens to inspire your next annual report design, we hope you’ll share it with us.
Annual Report Design: Print
This incredible report features a tiny booklet hidden within the report, printed with thermo-reactive ink. The reader must wrap it in aluminum foil and bake it to see the text magically appear. The only catch: If you don’t cook it precisely, the pages will burn and you’ll be left with nothing. This is genius annual report design at its finest.
An alternate take on thermo-reactive ink, this report is only visible when activated by the sun—a genius idea for a solar company.
This visually appealing report’s bright colors, bold designs, and unique packaging make for a beautiful presentation.
If you ever wonder what you should do with an annual report after you’ve read it, this one provides an entertaining solution. The report features origami instructions within its pages so you can fold little creations as you read through.
The beautifully drawn animals featured in the pages of this annual report remind readers about the threat of extinction. It also includes some clever data visualization by using animal lifecycles to represent statistical numbers.
Rather than feature images of Anthon B Nilsen employees, the designers at Heydays decided to show employees’ belongings to let readers get to know them on a more personal level.
This annual report design includes a visually stunning cover with an elegant black-on-black design, as well as tangram designs. Both combine to make the report feel contemporary and sleek.
This is what happens when you turn a report into art. The sculptural presentation is inspired by the theme (spinning the wheel). The brilliant design of the seemingly off-balance position makes it feel as if the reports are actually rolling.
This annual report design features modular design, strong typography, and beautiful data visualizations that make it a joy to flip through.
This annual report design includes unique packaging and bold data visualization that effectively communicates the organization’s story.
This gorgeous annual report used laser-cut technology to carve intricate scenes on each page. When closed, the layers combine to create a colorful overview for the readers.
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For a haircare brand that promotes sustainability, this annual report design is the best way to walk the walk—with covers made from recycled bamboo and plastic.
You might consider this piece less of a report and more of a jaw-dropping showcase of data visualization, delivered as a black-on-black print masterpiece.
This clever annual report design goes old school with its mechanical engineering. It’s an analog interactive, featuring colorful cogs to spin and beautiful overlays throughout its pages.
This is another great example of genius packaging: a report presented as a coin bank—the perfect presentation for the Canadian bank.
This report was constructed as a newspaper rather than a bound book, showcasing eye-catching yellow designs throughout its pages.The tenth and final report from data master Nicholas Felton features a wealth of personal data, presented as beautiful, stylized data visualizations and infographics.
This report brings the data to life through 3D-printed visualizations, built and photographed individually.
This design’s gift-wrapped presentation, simple binding, and lovely ink drawings make for a subtle but entertaining annual report.
This report is a great example of combining photography and data visualization. The data visualizations are designed on everyday props, such as graduated cylinders, pulled-out dresser drawers, and circular dining tables, giving the data a creative twist.
Similar to the laser-cut images of the Clear Media report, Applegreen’s annual report features images of multilayered, 3D paper artwork that makes the information seem to jump off the page.
An annual report is particularly effective when you can inject life and beauty into a company or industry that isn’t always glamorous. That’s what this report does for life insurance company Pacific Life. An oceanic theme is pervasive throughout, bringing beauty and vitality to every page.
Detailed illustrations make for a visually arresting printed piece, as a unique transportation motif appears throughout the annual report design.
You might not expect a chemical company to create such a beautiful annual report design, but Tronox did it well with a clean, simple, and elegant minimal design.
Unique oragami-esque packaging and bold typography make this report a work of beauty.
Annual Report Design: Digital/Interactive
Bold and bright, this colorful annual report design features the many faces of Boston University, presented in a slick and stylish interactive site.
This digital report features GIFS and an interactive timeline to share company highlights, as well as an opportunity to make your own annual report by inputting personal data.
Artsy’s image-heavy scroll-through is a perfect representation of the company’s values and core mission: to make the world’s art accessible to anyone with an Internet connection. As viewers cycle through the report, they’re treated to a visual feast, along with information about the company.
This to-the-point digital report presents information in a short, sweet, and simple way for easy comprehension, allowing the information to speak for itself.
Technically this is a printed report, but the company utilized QR code technology to allow readers to digitally interact with the information provided. By scanning the codes, readers are treated to a video explaining the related material.
Not only is this a gorgeously designed digital year in review, it also includes custom temporary tattoos (in honor of a founder getting the company logo tattooed). Even cooler, the temp tattoos are symbolic, such as the Diet Mountain Dew can, which represents the 3,744 cans employees consumed over the year.
This simple annual report design provides a dazzling galactic view as readers cycle through each animation-filled page.
The adorable animated graphics in this report make it seem playful, but the report still provides the necessary information without distraction.
Unlike the other scroll-throughs on this list, the Energy Trust report goes left to right, rather than top to bottom. As the reader progresses through the report, charming designs of landscapes and cityscapes fill the background, creating a journey of milestones.
This nonprofit apparel company empowers impoverished women by teaching them to knit and crochet. To reflect the company’s mission, this interactive report features data visualization and other elements visualized through thread art.
This interactive presents company information as a mountain, allowing you to explore the milestones along the way to the top.
Kickstarter turned its annual report into a playful pick-and-choose interactive site, letting you explore year-end highlights.
Instead of presenting straightforward information, the company turned their annual report into a storytelling masterpiece, making the narrative come to life.
This colorful, illustration-heavy interactive features tasteful design for a serious subject: racial healing and racial equity.
This report offers vibrantly colored animations to bring the information to life. The design itself is simple and straightforward, making the material easy to comprehend.
This annual report design features vibrant colors, people-heavy imagery, and personal profiles that shine the spotlight on the girls who benefit from the organization’s efforts.
This interactive report is cleanly designed with high-quality imagery and an easy-to-navigate layout that makes it easy to find the info you want.
Annual Report Design: Video
This clever report highlights what Vimeo is all about (videos, obviously), but it does so through a colorful, exploratory experience. Viewers can interact with animations to learn more, encouraging maximum engagement.
Viewers have the option to scroll through Charity: Water’s report or watch videos highlighting the company’s year of good works and accomplishments. The videos are an uplifting way to showcase the company’s ideals and goals.
This colorful video shares the year’s highlights in a highly stylized way, using real objects to represent the information. It also creatively integrates iPad screens to give the report rhythm and energy.
This report utilizes video to create an entertaining backdrop to the report itself. Movie scenes and live concert recordings flash across the screen as readers click through a scrolling box to learn more about the company’s endeavors.
Another great video by Biográfica, this one features a stunning stop-motion pop-up book inhabited by moving cutouts and 3D objects. As the information scrolls across the screen, it’s also accompanied by clever animations.
The BBVA video report feels more like an artfully directed short film than an annual report. Music reminiscent of Explosions in the Sky plays in the background of a black-and-white film, while simple motion graphics communicate company highlights.
This year-in-review video features snippets of YouTube stars and movie scenes to correspond with the information presented on screen. Each new screen has a completely different theme and comes with its own soundtrack to make it entertaining and lively.
Instead of featuring static information about the employees and medical scientists at Pfizer, viewers are treated to short videos in which employees explain their role and what they’re working on. This allows viewers to see a more personal side of the company.
More Tips for Annual Report Design
Regardless of your brand, product, or service, your annual report is always an opportunity to engage and connect with people, whether it’s stakeholders, employees, or customers. For more on creating great annual reports:
- Download our free e-book The Content Marketer’s Guide to Data Storytelling for more tips on bringing your data to life.
- Follow these 7 tips to create a compelling annual report.
- Find out how data visualization can take your annual report design to the next level.
- Try these 10 tricks to improve your annual report design.
- Get inspired by more brands’ annual reports.
And if you think you could use a little help with your annual report design, let’s chat.