Our street systems use grids, and so do the walls of our homes (have you noticed how all your windows and outlets align?). Grids impart a sense of order to our world. Why not use them to impart a sense of order to your pages, too?
There are a couple of ways to approach creating a grid you can use to align your page elements.
The low-tech way to create a grid is to grab a pencil and paper, and sketch out the shape of your page. Add your grid lines, then sketch in where you’d like to place your images and text along those lines. Use this sketch for inspiration as you place elements on your page.
The high-tech way to create a grid is to use a graphics program (like Photoshop, Illustrator or InDesign), and use the built-in grid function. Set up columns like I demonstrate in the video, then use those to snap your images and text into place.
Do You Use Grids?
Have you used grids before? Do you plan to use them? Let’s talk about it in the comments.