Bringing it All Together


Graphic Design Fundamentals: Layout


Lesson Info

Bringing it All Together

And so, since we're talking about bringing it all together, that means that I'm bringing it all together now. Always remember, the fundamentals are forever. They never go away. You will always encounter them. You will always have to think about them, 70 years from now, when you're still working and creating beautiful and expressive, compelling, design communications, over and over again, you'll be remembering. A couple of tips to work by. Always keep your image options open. Don't just assume that a photograph or a certain kind of illustration is the best way to go in order to achieve what you need. Think about how interesting the range of possibilities for imagery and form are. Use color decisively. Choose it on purpose, define a palette, and use it for visual purposes, to be compelling and beautiful, but also for meaning. To be evocative, metaphorical. To support the communication. You need to know the ins and outs of types really, really well, because you are working with an element...

, in that case, that is very, very functional. And that can suffer a tremendous deal, or can suffer greatly, if the relationship between its visual expression and its verbal utility are not, kind of, tightly controlled, and you really have to be aware of how those elements work with each other. Spacing, the counter forms, alignment relationships, groupings and so on. And the last thing is, you always want to keep in mind and take a look at, at your layouts as you're going through them. You know, test out different kinds of variations in how you might organize the same stuff, 'cause sometimes, if you just do things for the sake of seeing it, you find a much clearer and much more dynamic relationship than you might have thought in advance. So, don't pre-conceive. And make sure that all the parts of the layout, whether it's for a webpage, or for a poster, for architectural signage, for a book, or a brochure, that they are all working together, talking to each other, to create a dynamic totality. And now, again, get out there and do it. Thank you very much. (applause) Thanks. If you would like to find out more, you can visit my website at, and if you're interested in purchasing any of my books, many of which talk about these kinds of issues in different ways. There are two different websites you can go to to do a search to find my books there. I encourage you to go through all this information and I hope you get a lot out of it.

Class Description

The final layout is the culmination of all of your hard work. In Graphic Design: Layout, Timothy Samara will teach you the skills you need to ensure it looks awesome. You’ll learn about:

  • Arrangement, logic, and rhythm
  • Contrast and visual hierarchy
  • Unifying type and imagery
  • Working with grids (or not)

Timothy will help you make good design decisions about breaking and activating space. He’ll also teach you about working with color and accounting for its spatial impact.

Every design has a whole array of essential components – learn how to bring them together in Graphic Design: Layout with Timothy Samara.



I only caught an hour of this, but what I heard was excellent--even better than some of the design courses I took in art school.