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Common Layout Styles

Common Layout Styles

Author: Maria Tucker

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"


(00:00-00:07) Introduction

(00:08-00:24) Big Idea

(00:25-1:29) Mondrian

(1:30-2:10) Frame

(2:11-3:09) Circus

(3:10-3:40) Picture Window

(3:41-4:19) Silhouette

(4:20-4:57) Rebus

(4:58-5:30) Big Type

(5:31-5:42) Review


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Terms to Know
  • Big Type

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

  • Circus

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

  • Frame

    A layout style characterized by the use of a border.

  • Mondrian

    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.

  • Rebus

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

  • Silhouette

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