Over on 6d6 Fireball there’s a great blogpost about why character sheets suck. I’m 100% in agreement, and thrown our own quick-and-dirty PDF 4e character sheet into the mix. It’s gawd-awful ugly, but in a minimalist old-school way that’s got a charm all of its own.
Here it is, for you to check out (311k pdf). Print it out on stiff card, fold in half and….. well, I’m repeating myself. Here’s what I said in the comments:
My favourite design for a character sheet is portrait, folding in half so it stands upright to give the player a mini-screen of their own. One side shows all the player needs to see in-game, the other side shows what the GM (and other players) need to see – character name, level, perception & other skill bonuses, etc. Inside is the less-frequently referenced stuff – equipment lists, etc.
If there’s any more talented designers out there who want to take this layout and prettify it, be my guest!