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Common Layout Styles

Common Layout Styles

Author: Nancy Esslinger

In this lesson you will learn to recognize and identify a variety of commonly used layout styles.

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Notes on "Common Layout Styles"


(00:00 - 00:42) Introduction

(00:43 - 01:19) Description and Example of Mondrian

(01:20 - 01:52) Description and Example of Frame

(01:53 - 02:45) Description and Example of Picture Window

(02:46 - 04:09) Description and Example of Circus

(04:10 - 05:07) Description and Example of Silhouette

(05:08 - 06:10) Description and Example of Rebus

(06:11 - 07:10) Description and Example of Big Type

(07:11 - 07:49) Recap


EatingWell magazine, February 2013, pages 24, 70, 76 and 86.

The Loft Literary Center summer catalog 2013, pages 10, 32 and 44.

Terms to Know
Big Type

As the name implies, a layout style characterized by the use of a very large headline


A layout style characterized by the use of a wide variety of shapes and sizes of design elements.


A layout style characterized by the use of a border.


A layout style named after a Dutch painter and characterized by emphasis dividing the space into obvious sections.

Picture Window

A vertical layout style characterized by a large picture at the top with a headline and body copy below.


A layout style characterized by a headline with some of the words replaced with pictures.


A layout style characterized by picture elements that are cut out of their backgrounds.