I just finished a consultation with a super online student (she rules–she is podcasting about roller derby AND asking awesome questions about content and her visual story), and our conversation turned to the layout and placement of images on a slide. The student showed me several examples of her previous work in which she worked multiple images on a slide. The student had clearly thought of how to unify elements and how to blend them onto a slide, but the images did not appear to fit together within that greater rectangular space of the slide. I suggested that she work on developing a grid system and designing based on that grid system. This might be because I am obsessed with alignment and spacing now or it might be that there is just something inherently beautiful to me about a well-structured grid/system of images. I’ve used grids in a few of my projects, and am consistently using them as a means of combining multiple images on one slide. It’s worked quite well for the two recipe decks I’ve created, and I’ve seen Alex Rister consistently use it as a way to transition between interrelated ideas. I figured I’d take a bit to create autumn and winter grid tributes as I am talking gridlines and unity in class tomorrow. For more on all things grids, check out The Grid System, a mega storehouse of grid-related articles, books, tutorials, tools, and more.