Research into page layouts from books

To get a wider range of research I went to the library to get some information about page layout and what to include to make your design the most effective. Some of this information I have found I’m going to follow-up on the internet and do some more research to do a more in-depth post. The books I got the information from were: The Layout book by Ambrose/ Harris, Basic Design and Layout by Alan Swann and the Layout Workbook by Kristin Cullen.

The Layout book by Ambrose/ Harris:

IMG_0124This is the first book I looked at for page layout information. This book was actually really helpful as it talked about different fonts that work really well together, layouts for pages, rule of thirds and golden section and positioning and proportion of photos and text. I found the placement of text and proportion of photos really useful and interesting, this could be really helpful when it comes to planning my own page layout with text and images. Below I’m going to add some images of the pages inside the book to show the type of information I learnt from this book.



The Layout Workbook by Kristin Cullen

IMG_0129The second book I looked at was The Layout Workbook by Kristin Cullen. In this book again like the book before talks to you about good designs for page layout, what is most effective and most importantly it talks about grade systems and how to work with basic grids within graphic design. The book sates that by using these “horizontal and vertical divisions of space on a page helps accommodate visual elements, which if positioned effectively, creates movement across, down, within and outside the surface of the page”. Grids are used in multiple ways and not just in design for example as the book states “They are modelled after structures and systems of proportion found in architecture, fine art, maths, music and nature; grids are also informed by the instinct of the designer. Theorised throughout history by the likes of Pythagoras, Vitruvius, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and Le Corbusier, common systems of proportion include the Fibonacci sequence, the golden section and modular scales”. By looking that the many pages within this book talking about how using different grids within your work will help with visual elements and the accuracy of images and text so if they are aligned and equal distance. Below I’m going to add other images from the book that I found helpful, I would also in another post do some further information about grid structures.


Basic Design and Layout by Alan Swann

IMG_0128This book is called Basic Design and Layout by Alan Swann, and as well as covering the same stuff as the two previous books, it also go into detail about some other things that really help and link to my current project.  One page that I found was appropriate to the current project is how to combine text with photographs. It talks about where good places are to text to be placed and includes black and white as well as coloured photographs. Other pages I liked in this book were the ones that gave you multiple ideas and suggestions on how to combine shapes and text, good placement text, good type faces and so many more. This was such an informative book and I’m sure to have used this information in my own work.



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