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Foundations of Layout and Composition
Illustration by John Hersey

Foundations of Layout and Composition

with Sean Adams

Video: Welcome

I'm Sean Adams and I'd like to welcome you to the Foundations of Layout. We'll explore layout solutions from
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  1. 3m 47s
    1. Welcome
      1m 5s
    2. What makes a successful layout?
      2m 42s
  2. 17m 5s
    1. Using shape and line to guide the viewer
      2m 47s
    2. How color affects a layout
      2m 38s
    3. The cultural meaning of color
      3m 0s
    4. Laying out text for better communication
      2m 39s
    5. Using negative space to create a powerful composition
      3m 7s
    6. Size matters
      2m 54s
  3. 15m 57s
    1. Using balance and tension to create a dynamic layout
      2m 39s
    2. Contrast, a critical ingredient in every design
      3m 5s
    3. Using scale to create drama
      2m 19s
    4. Using repetition to create a sense of unity
      2m 32s
    5. Harmony, making all the elements work
      2m 35s
    6. Using hierarchy to lead the viewer
      2m 47s
  4. 16m 25s
    1. Knowing when and when not to use symmetry
      2m 34s
    2. Knowing when and when not to use asymmetry
      2m 15s
    3. Building a design based on the proportions of a square
      2m 17s
    4. The golden section, a universal and successful proportion
      2m 13s
    5. When and how to use the golden section
      2m 13s
    6. The rule of thirds, a powerful tool
      2m 36s
    7. Challenge: Creating layouts using the golden section
      47s
    8. Solution: Creating layouts using the golden section
      1m 30s
  5. 12m 36s
    1. The anatomy of a grid
      2m 33s
    2. Grid variations
      2m 42s
    3. Choosing the right grid
      2m 25s
    4. Creating a grid
      2m 29s
    5. How to use a grid
      2m 27s
  6. 13m 1s
    1. The power of simplicity and minimalism
      3m 12s
    2. Using excess to success
      3m 3s
    3. Creating consistency--but not too much
      2m 37s
    4. Using the element of surprise to create drama
      2m 6s
    5. Creating rhythm in a multipage layout
      2m 3s
  7. 11m 24s
    1. Cropping images successfully
      2m 13s
    2. Making words and images work together
      2m 39s
    3. Beware of hidden meanings
      2m 17s
    4. Using images as guides
      1m 53s
    5. Sequence and storytelling in design
      2m 22s
  8. 4m 57s
    1. Breaking the rules
      2m 41s
    2. Final thoughts and next steps
      2m 16s

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Foundations of Layout and Composition
1h 35m Beginner Oct 31, 2013

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Layout and composition are the building blocks of graphic design. A strong composition will attract attention, clarify understanding, and engage the viewer whether the project is a print- or screen-based project, a still or motion graphic, a 3D or 2D graphic. This course explains the elements, principles, and tools you will need to create a successful composition and layout. Author Sean Adams explains the elements of layout (from shapes to space), how to use principles such as scale and hierarchy, and teaches how tools like grids, proportions, and color can lead to more compelling compositions.

Topics include:
  • What makes a successful layout?
  • Layout elements: shape, line, color, texture, type, and space
  • Using balance and tension to create a dynamic layout
  • Adding drama with contrast and scale
  • Working with proportions: golden section, rule of thirds, etc.
  • Creating the right grid for your design
  • Choosing simplicity or excess
  • Adding an element of surprise
  • Making images and typography work together
Subjects:
Design Page Layout Design Techniques
Author:
Sean Adams

Welcome

I'm Sean Adams and I'd like to welcome you to the Foundations of Layout. All successful design solutions start with a good idea. But unfortunately that's just not enough. Knowing how to take that great idea and create something extraordinary is what I love about graphic design. We'll explore layout solutions from a nineteenth century Toulouse Lautrec poster, layouts from the Russian revolution, to modern publications, always finding interesting inspirational ideas.

We're going to explore how to use shape, color, and space to create a strong solution. We'll look at different proportion concepts and learn how to apply them. This course is designed to provide you with a strong foundation in creating successful composition and layouts. I'm a firm believer that having the right skills allows you to create what is in your head and make something magnificent. Welcome to the Foundations of Layout.

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