Graphic Design Foundations: Layout and Composition

Graphic Design Foundations: Layout and Composition

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.


  • 英文名称:Graphic Design Foundations: Layout and Composition
  • 时长:2小时3分
  • 字幕:英语


  1. Introducing the foundations of layout and composition
  2. What makes a successful layout?
  3. Using shape and line
  4. Color and its effect in layout
  5. Color and meaning in layout
  6. Making words work harder
  7. Why negative space is important
  8. Size matters: Choosing the right size
  9. Creating interest: Balance and tension
  10. The most important ingredient: Contrast
  11. Using scale for dynamic layouts
  12. Using repetition as a tool
  13. How to create harmony
  14. Hierarchy and understanding
  15. The beauty of symmetry
  16. The asymmetrical approach
  17. Square proportions and organization
  18. The magical golden section
  19. More golden section
  20. Applying the rule of thirds
  21. Defining the anatomy of a grid
  22. Identifying different types of grids
  23. How to choose the best grid format
  24. How to create a grid
  25. Working with a grid
  26. Exploring simplicity in layout
  27. When excess is good
  28. Consistency: Risks and rewards
  29. Surprising the viewer
  30. Rhythm across multiple pages
  31. How cropping images impact layout
  32. Combining words and images
  33. Unintended meaning with imagery and words
  34. Using images as compositional guides
  35. Using sequence with storytelling
  36. Breaking the rules
  37. Conclusion