Learn layout patterns

Layout problems don’t always need original solutions. In most cases you can use a solution that someone else came up with. These are patterns.

It’s enough to pay attention to the good design you come across. Notice how the designer laid out different groups of elements. The more you notice, the more patterns you’ll recognise.

The more patterns you’ve recognised, the more solutions your brain will suggest when you have a problem. If you consider more solutions, you’re a better visual designer.

Remember to look at layout patterns at different levels. Designers use patterns at the page or screen level, the component or container level, and the content level.

Some of the hard work has already been done for you. Look through a pattern library to see the common patterns in action. You can find these in books or online.

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