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Learn to Design on a Grid v1

  1. The Grid What is a Grid? Creative people use rulers, guides, and lines to place elements on a page and have them look good together. These underlying horizontal and vertical lines are what we call The Grid. Consider this as a scaffolding, a foundation, or a skeleton. While creating your design, these grid lines are used for laying out text, aligning images, and making columns or rows. These lines are removed or covered up when finalizing your work. On a canvas, a painter may make rough pencil lines. Muralists draw a grid on a big wall before they add their artwork, and magazine designers use digital grids. You don’t always have to follow the grid, but when you break out of the grid...do it intentionally. Not accidentally. Explore these grid-related topics in the coming slides. Digital Layout The Golden Ratio Composition The Rule of Thirds Grid strategies for your computer-based projects. The art of using math to make art. Utilize the traditional strategies of artists and painters. A classic grid approach to improve your images. How can I use grids in my projects? How to Be a Professional Creative Person HappyAwesome.com Slide #A0025a Why should I use a Grid? Makes design more sophisticated and cohesive Grids help to establish a visual hierarchy If designers didn’t use a grid, we’d never be able to read a newspaper or map When you occasionally break out of the grid, it has more emphasis and impact Grids allow designers to make quicker decision Balance is easier to achieve with grid When a page is laid out well, we say that it has harmony...all the elements are singing together. Grids allow harmony.
  2. Composition When shooting a photo, designing a PowerPoint slide, or creating an illustration, try to visualize the overall shape you are making. These classic approaches have aided artists throughout history. Imagine these shapes as an invisible grid over your work and let it be a loose guide. Triangle / Pyramid Cross Radiating Lines Golden Triangles Focal Group Diagonal Circle Frame within a Frame Fulcrum / Steelyard Compound Curve (the S curve) Tunnel L Shaped How to Be a Professional Creative Person HappyAwesome.com Slide #A0025c