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Not sure you’ve got the skills to offer more as a designer?

Designing logos for clients is great, but then you pass it off and the project’s done. You’d love to offer continued services like social media graphics and marketing materials, but you just don’t know what goes into a professional layout design.

Wrapping your brain around grids and layout shouldn’t stand in your way.

We know the grid system sounds like something from a high school math class. But once you learn just a few foundational elements and composition types, you’ll be able to open up your design services to a multitude of additional income streams.

Mastering layout design makes all the difference.

Once you have just a few fundamental principles under your belt, you’ll be able to level up your proposals, and offer more services so you can build long-term client relationships.

Grids and Layout

Create professional designs every time with this easy-to-use, beginner-friendly guide to layouts and the grid system.

Create a Strong Foundation

From choosing the correct typeface and setting up your grid to choosing the best composition style for each project, you’ll quickly design professional layouts that set you apart from the beginners.

Handle Projects Like a Pro

Knowing which artboard size to use and correctly setting up a document can make the difference between a smoothly-delivered project and a project with costly mistakes. This kit has got you covered so you’ll make the right decisions each time.

Add to Your Income Streams

Brochures, book design, flyers, social media templates, posters- the possibilities of what you can design are endless once you master a few key layout design principles, allowing for long-term relationships with clients and increased revenue over time.

Inside This Course
What’s Included

This guidebook will walk you through the basics of typography, the anatomy of a grid and how to create your own, composition types, artboard sizes, and practical tips so you can master designing professional layouts for a variety of client projects.

This printable template can be used to sketch out element blocks for a layout. It comes in two grid layouts, with 5 columns and 3 rows, and 4 columns and 2 rows.

Start designing professional layouts immediately with a set of composition overlays you can use in both Adobe Illustrator CC and Photoshop CC.

These overlay images can be used to quickly set up grids. Included are grids like Fibonacci, Golden Ratio, Gutenberg, Rule of third etc.

Inside This Course
What You Will Learn

This guidebook will walk you through the basics of typography, the anatomy of a grid and how to create your own, composition types, artboard sizes, and practical tips so you can master designing professional layouts for a variety of client projects.

This printable template can be used to sketch out element blocks for a layout. It comes in two grid layouts, with 5 columns and 3 rows, and 4 columns and 2 rows.

Start designing professional layouts immediately with a set of composition overlays you can use in both Adobe Illustrator CC and Photoshop CC.

These overlay images can be used to quickly set up grids. Included are grids like Fibonacci, Golden Ratio, Gutenberg, Rule of third etc.

From the instructor:

I often struggled with composition and layout.

In my first two years as a young graphic design student in Amsterdam I often struggled with composition and layout until I saw the Quentin Tarantino classic, Pulp Fiction. My film and design tutor back then drew — with a whiteboard marker — horizontal and diagonal lines on the screen and divided the stills and moving images into clear compositions. It hit me, this is what makes graphic design less random.

But I still had a lot of questions about how to apply those composition rules to my own work and the rest of the lessons, especially typography ...

  • How wide should I make my text columns?
  • How much margin do I add on the sides?
  • What size fonts should I use and what about leading?
  • How can I create a grid again while making it look different?

To me, Graphic design is as much an art as it is a science. I created this The Grids & Layout Kit to teach you the steps you need to create professional looking layouts filled with text and images.

We’ll look at how the product you are designing for, changes the layout. We’ll also design grids that are easy to use in multiple ways and dive into all the different compositions that make your end product well-balanced, organized and look professional.

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Viktor Baltus

Viktor Baltus is a type designer and illustrator with over 20 years of experience working with Adobe Illustrator and founder of an award-winning package design studio.

Who this is for

When you understand layout principles, you’ll unlock a new world of design possibilities for your business.

From delivering top-shelf proposals and style guides to designing social graphics, flyers, and brochures, learning the grid system and layout design is an essential design skill. This kit is for you if you want to:

  • Create professional looking layouts but don’t know how to do that
  • Have a solid design foundation to work from
  • Upgrade your type-setting skills
  • Offer continued services to your clients

Frequently Asked Questions

What tools do I need?

The guidebook comes in a screen sized pdf, you’ll need Adobe Acrobat on your pc, mobile phone/iPad to open it. The transparent composition template can either be opened in Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop.

Is this for web design as well?

There are many overlaps between layouts for web and print but this class is mainly focused on printed material like posters, books, client proposals, stationery etc.

Is this kit suitable for an entry-level designer?

This class is suited for an entry-level as a designer. One of the things I love doing is breaking down complex study material into bite-sized pieces and making it easy to digest.

Grids and Layout

Master the art of layouts with this all-in-one kit. Level up your proposals, deliver professional designs, and offer additional services to your clients.

What's inside
  • 65 Page Guidebook
  • Modular Grid Templates
  • Adobe Illustrator/Photoshop Composition Overlays

Preorder now and save 17%. Price increases to $59 on June 30.

What's inside
  • 65 Page Guidebook
  • Modular Grid Templates
  • Adobe Illustrator/Photoshop Composition Overlays

Preorder now and save 17%. Price increases to $59 on June 30.

Grids and Layout

Master the art of layouts with this all-in-one kit. Level up your proposals, deliver professional designs, and offer additional services to your clients.

What's inside
  • 65 Page Guidebook
  • Modular Grid Templates
  • Adobe Illustrator/Photoshop Composition Overlays

Preorder now and save 17%. Price increases to $59 on June 30.

Typography 01
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Learn the fundamentals of typography to create visually stunning, impactful work. Start to see type differently when you practice and apply typographic principles, and finally understand why and how layouts look good.

Difficulty Level
Beginner to intermediate
Prerequisite
Knowledge of Adobe Illustrator or
InDesign recommended
Learning Roadmap
Understand the fundamentals of graphic design and typography to progress your design education.
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Take a look at some of the incredible progress our students have made. We’ll let their before and after’s do the talking here.

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As a self-taught designer typography 01 course improved my approach towards design dramatically. It is way differentiated me from my peers at work even though they were more experienced. The way Chris critiques taught me how to explain my design and point out when its not working/something is missing. Typography 01 course on my CV also landed me a lot of interviews. (which I really thought were not even in my league back then).

Ayesha Haroon
Designer

Typography 01 was my very first online course after being in the field for over 20 years. I learned more about myself and my skills in the Typography 01 course than I had in those 20 years. I rediscovered passions for type that I had let slip and the input from all the instructors was amazingly valuable. I'm super grateful for the whole experience as it has already helped me in my work setting, results were basically next project after taking the course. Thank You to all the folks that make Futur happen.

Jason Jacobson
Designer

The Typography course is an impactful journey that takes you through the process of learning how good typography came to be and how it can be implemented throughout any composition. Coming out of this course, anyone will have a strong set of eyes and skill in delivering substantial typography choices in design projects. The Future team has done an excellent job capturing the history, practicality, and opportunity typography provides when it is approached in a creative but methodical way; so much appreciation for this course!

Riley Jones
Designer

Without any traditional design education, I always used to struggle with understanding the fundamental design principles. One of the most valuable parts of the course was seeing the way Chris critiques design work. That helped me improve my design thinking and process as well, and it made me understand what clients are looking for in design work. I would highly recommend the Typography 01 Course to anyone struggling with deeply understanding what good design is built upon.

Alex Cracan
Designer
How this works
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Take a deep dive into all things type

In each video lesson, Chris will teach you about typographic principles, the history of type, and how to apply the fundamentals across your design work.

Stretch and flex your design muscles

Practice what you’ve learned in the video lectures to push your skills further. Do the homework as many times as you need to fully grasp the material.

Watch Chris work

See how Chris makes improvements to previous students’ work using typographic principles. Then, take notes of how you can apply these same techniques to your own work.

Watch your skills develop

See your designs take on a whole new shape and meaning as you move through the course. Start to feel comfortable and confident with typography.

Get access to the community

Your enrollment includes access to our private Slack channel and an invitation to Circle. Connect and keep learning with your instructor, Chris Do, and Typography students around the world.

How it works
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Take a deep dive into all things type

In each video lesson, Chris will teach you about typographic principles, the history of type, and how to apply the fundamentals across your design work.

Take a deep dive into all things type

In each video lesson, Chris will teach you about typographic principles, the history of type, and how to apply the fundamentals across your design work.

Watch Chris work

See how Chris makes improvements to previous students’ work using typographic principles. Then, take notes of how you can apply these same techniques to your own work.

Watch your skills develop

See your designs take on a whole new shape and meaning as you move through the course. Start to feel comfortable and confident with typography.

Get access to the community

Your enrollment includes access to our private Slack channel and an invitation to Circle. Connect and keep learning with your instructor, Chris Do, and Typography students around the world.

Who is this for?
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This course is for any designer looking to understand type to improve their layout and design skills.

I learned more about typography in this course than during my BA in graphic design. This gives me confidence that I can make effective layouts and better design of any kind. I also felt I was part of a community, who learned together. Once a week for seven weeks, Chris critiqued our submitted layouts and this motivated us to put knowledge into practice and submit our work. This course is the best investment I've made in myself in becoming a better graphic designer. And I've invested in a lot of courses and books.

Bertram Christoffersen
Graphic Designer
Meet your instructor
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Chris Do
Design Director, CEO of The Futur

Chris Do is an Emmy award-winning designer, director, CEO and Chief Strategist of Blind and the founder of The Futur—an online education platform with the mission of teaching 1 billion people how to make a living doing what they love.

He currently serves as the chairman of the board for the SPJA, and as an advisor to Saleshood. He has also served as: advisory board member for AIGA/LA, Emmys Motion & Title Design Peer Group, Otis Board of Governors, Santa Monica College and Woodbury University.

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Syllabus
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Get ready to expand your knowledge and understanding of design. Take a look at what you’ll learn in each module, plus a few bonuses along the way.

Course
Curriculum

Move through the modules at your own pace, on your own time. You’ll have lifetime access to the course, so jump back in whenever you need a refresher.
Grids
Typographic Details
Homework Assignment
Layout Critique
Bonus Critiques: April-May 2020
Bonus Content: Website Design Review
Bonus Content: Website Design Review
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Typography 01

Our most popular course will show you the tools, techniques, and principles to use type like a master.

  • 6+ Hours of video content: grid systems,  contrast, balance, type choices, hierarchy
  • Self-study assignments
  • Watch Chris work
  • Design critique videos
  • Bonus Videos
  • Lifetime updates
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