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Designing on the Grid

Monthly Event - First Tuesday of every month: 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM (PDT)

Designing on the Grid

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Basic page layout always begins with a good grid system. This class will give you sound design principals and guidelines that will make your layouts more engaging and draw the viewer to important content. Grid systems gained popularity in the 1920s & 30s in the print world although the foundation of design on a grid started with Mallarame & Rimbaud in the 1800s. Works with functional typography, photography and graphic design should be the goal of anyone using layout to communicate, regardless of the medium.

We will focus on Adobe® InDesign® for page layout, but also show grid mock-ups for Web in other Creative Suite Applications. 

Topics Covered:

  • Grid and Design Philosophy
  • System of Order in Ancient & Modern Times
  • The Web 960 Grid
  • The Typographic Grid
  • Margin Proportions
  • Construction of the Type Area
  • Construction of the Gird
  • Type and Image Area with 8 Gird Fields (also 20 & 32)
  • Photography in the Grid System
  • Illustraton in the Grid System
  • Practical Examples of Grid Design
  • Corporate Identity on a Grid

All eClasses are recorded for playback & practice. Class files are also provided for download, that way you can work along with the recording after the class to re-enforce topics learned.


***All class times are in the PACIFIC Time Zone

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At, our experienced Adobe Certified Experts and Adobe Certified Instructors provide LIVE, online software training in easily-digestible bytes;)

Learn from Anywhere

We specialize in the Adobe Creative Cloud and web technology courses. All you need to participate in our Adobe eClasses is a computer headset with a microphone (or just speakers and a chat window).

Online Adobe training is our specialty, but not the only thing we teach.

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