A fact sheet
is a presentation of data
on any subject in a format emphasizing brevity, key points of interest or concern, a fairly minimalist design aesthetic, and a general desire to convey the most relevant information
in the least amount of space. As such, it is a medium ideally suited to the post-modern information age
, when "facts
" (to the extent they exist) proliferate in ever-increasing numbers while the time available to review and comprehend them diminishes. Fact sheets attempt to solve this problem by condensing information into an easy-to-read, straightforward, portable, and modular form of knowledge
. They often contain lists, statistics, answers to common questions (FAQs
could be considered a form of fact sheet.), and how-to, "do-it-yourself" types of advice. In some cases they may be a summary or abridgement of a longer document
Though they originated in the offline world of print and paper, fact sheets have come into their own on the Internet, where users tend to seek information in concise formats that can be read in a few minutes or printed on a few pages.
Fact sheets are also referred to as "one sheets" in many industries.