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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.
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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