For longer reports, some firms insert pages that do no more than tell when the topic of the following section is changing. We will refer to these as section dividers. Where you find section dividers, the report typically has 40 or more pages and therefore has the heft to justify guideposts for readers. About the only characteristics section dividers have in common is that they occupy a full-page, present minimal text, and color the page to stand out. Consider a few examples.
Allen Overy Innovative 2012 [pg. 13] weighs in at a lengthy 56 pages, so it makes sense for it to guide readers regarding its organization. This full-page snippet shows one of the 13 dividers, not-so-subtly suggesting the start of the first section with an enormous “1.” In fact, another section divider precedes this page, in the same dark grey background, but with a large spiral image and no substantive text.
Norton Rose Lit 2016 [pg. 6] has almost as many pages (48). One of its five section dividers, for example, simply says “Methodology and respondent profile” in the grey background rectangle that only section dividers display. White Case Arbitration 2010 [pg. 8] likewise runs for 48 pages. The divider page in the snippet captures only the top third of a dramatic, swirling whirlpool of fiery colors.
The longest of the reports cited here, at 81 pages, Davies Ward Barometer 2011 [pg. 17] states “In-house counsel profiles by organization type” in two fonts, with a steel-blue background and the page number at the bottom right. Fulbright Jaworski Lit 2008 [pg. 8] adds one page to the length of the Allen Overy study. All ten of its section dividers have the same crimson color with gradient borders, as in the snippet below.