This course goes into great details about one of the three modern visual design foundations – layouts. You will learn best practices in print and digital layouts as well as how the use of imagery affects the effectiveness of layouts. You will also be studying case studies to strengthen your understanding.
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All About Design Layouts
Where do you put design elements on the page? Why certain layouts work and others don’t? Why do we want elements to be aligned with each other and not randomly “floating” on the page? This course does a deep dive into the principles of layouts from both the print and digital world. Layout is one of the three visual design foundations – don’t let weaknesses in this area show up in your portfolio.
How do you create effective layouts? There are several things you can learn and do. In this unit, we break down the principles that affect the effectiveness of layouts such as white space, alignment, visual hierarchy and more.
Nothing on a page should feel random. In design, we have several tools that helps us plan out our layout before we begin laying down more details. In this unit, we will discuss the “grid” – how can you use it for your design? How do you set it up in design programs and when to break it?
It would be an understatement to emphasize that design is all about proportions. Unlike science, numbers can’t always help us in design. We must develop an “eye” for proportions. In this unit, we will teach you how proportions work and several tips and tricks on how to develop the “eye” for it.
Types of Layouts
There are several highly reused layouts for both prints and digital that designers could benefit from knowing. Learning the patterns and using them creatively is the best way to keep your design easy to get used to while also fresh.
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If you are new to design or are interested in a few of our courses, we recommend our School of Design certificate program. You will save on tuition for each course if you take them as a bundle.
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How in depth do you go into each topic?
We design each individual course with multiple levels in mind. We start each course with introducing the foundation, which provides a much-needed refresher for even the seasoned designers if they have been away from theory for a while.
We then go into intermediate to advanced topics for deep dives, where multiple levels of designers might find them helpful.
Our goal is to make the course as approachable as possible while still getting into advanced topics for students who are ready to take the leap.
I already have some knowledge in this area but want to improve. Will this course be right for me?
It depends on how much knowledge you already have in each topic. We recommend filling out our email form above to obtain the full syllabus and schedule a call with us if you want to get the full picture of the entire course. We make every effort to recommend the right level of courses to each student so that they get the most out of the learning experience.
What is the different between buying a book on Amazon from taking this course?
Books are great! We will never say don't buy a book. However, design is a highly practical field. Reading books will give you the surface level understanding. You need more examples, interactive demonstrations, exercises and personalized feedback from expert designers to achieve the level that you need for your career. These other components can only be obtained from a well-designed educational program. Books are great supplements for your courses.
Can I learn the same thing from YouTube videos?
YouTube is a great platform. We say go watch as many YouTube videos as you'd like, but we have yet to find a complete series of courses that go in to so much details and depth as our course on YouTube. While YouTube can provide a surface level foundation for you, it isn't likely to help you get to the level you need for your career. We recommend scheduling a call with us if you are interested and ask questions to make your informed decisions.
Do we get to apply the knowledge into practical projects?
Absolutely! We believe in learning by doing. That's why we designed exercises for each unit with intention. Students are expected to complete every exercise and quizzes in order to complete the course. This is not a passive learning experience - it's active. We also wrap up each course with a portfolio-level project, so you can be sure to take away with you a polished piece from every course you finish. If you enroll in our School of Design certificate program with the 9 full course workload, you will have 9 portfolio projects at the time you graduate - a portfolio project number unmatched by any other programs.
Do I get a discount on your courses if I purchase multiple?
Yes! If you enroll in our School of Design certificate program, you will be saving compared to enrolling in each separate course.
For those who may want to enroll in multiple courses but not all of our courses (as included in the School of Design certificate program), please use the "Apply to Enroll" button at the top right corner of our main navigation menu to tell us about your needs so that we can get back to you with a custom enrollment recommendation as well as course bundle discounts. We at Path Unbound believe that education should not be an assembly line - it should be customized, individualized and guided.
Should I take a standalone course one-by-one or enroll in your certicate program?
It depends on your needs. If you are already working as a designer and would like to uplevel your skillsets, we recommend taking individual courses as you need.
If you are a new designer looking to break into the field and get your first job or client as a designer, we recommend our School of Design certificate program - you do not want to show any knowledge gap in your interview and portfolio.
That doesn't mean you always have to take every course - we make custom recommendations for students who come from a variety of backgrounds with different learning goals. Use the "Apply to Enroll" button at the top right corner of our main navigation menu and tell us about yourself so that we can recommend a customized course bundle for you.