Type and Context Workshop

Friday 7th October 

Today we looked at the Layout,hierarchy and the grid. The layout is the positioning of the elements of the page to look at the space we have and the design elements. The layout can be symmetrical but also can play around with the balance.

Type setting uses centre type which is where the text is all in the middle. Range left justified text is where the text start from the left in a block text. We looked at how the rag makes a piece of text look good or bad. Also how line spacing can effect a piece of text if it too big or too small.

The grid was our many focus because it will be used every time we use a layout programme. A simple layout would be using one column with one block of text. Most magazine and books have a system in the amount of grids used.  Having multiple columns allows it to be a more flexible layout. Makes it more complex with the hierarchy or that the integrates the text and image. The grid allows you to articulate the hierarchy creating spots for the different context. The text can be span over several columns.

We then in pairs looked through a magazine and together tried to figure out the grid system used throughout that magazine. We thought it was going to be simple but it actually proved that a few page threw us off when it came to column used. We drew in our sketchbook the layout of a few pages and how we came to the amount of columns used.

We were then giving grid paper with set amount of column and had to come up with a layout for a poster using the set amount of column. I had seven column which made it hard as it was a uneven number.

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