We’ve reached the end of the Page Design and Layout Basics course. Before we go out into the world, with our new knowledge about designing effective and attractive layouts, there are a few things we’ll want to keep in mind:
- Remember your audience and your message, and design with them in mind! As we’ve seen, your audience and message will govern every aspect of your publication.
- Don't forget the 8 principles! Remember, if you don't want your design to look like, well, you know, keep the 8 principles in mind: contrast, repetition, alignment, proximity, direction, proportion, restraint, and detail! They aren’t hard and fast rules, however – they're guidelines to help with creating an engaging and attractive publication. Feel free to step outside of these guidelines if it ends up working for your publication.
- And last, but certainly not least: plan to revise, revise, revise! What you come up with at the beginning of the design process is not necessarily what your layout will look like when you finish – and that's completely okay! Don't be afraid to experiment and try new things when designing your layout.
We hope you enjoyed the course – if you're interested in learning more about page design and page layout, visit the following pages for additional resources and vocabulary used in the course: