Have you been noticing diagonal, or angled, layouts recently?
I’ve noticed a few.
It’s a small trend that’s had a resurgence. It won’t be a big trend. It’s more like a little bump. But it’s fun to shake things up and do something different than you normally would. So I did three layouts where the designs are all tilted at an angle. I love all but one of them.
What’s wrong with the one?
Actually, I mostly love it. If I had set it straight instead of angled, it would be close to perfect for me, but it’s the angle that is bothering, and it solidified what I already believed…
When making diagonal layouts, the elements on your page should follow the diagonal line from end to end.
Your items need to emphasize the diagonal.
I knew this at the start, but when it came time for me to do this third layout, the items I wanted to use worked better by circling the focal point photo — not following the diagonal and not extending end to end.
Here’s a closeup of the way my items circled the main photo, as opposed to they way the emphasize the diagonal in the layout above.
What happens to a diagonal layout when the items do not reach end to end, nor form a line (including loose, implied lines) in the direction of the diagonal? Your diagonal line is weak, so it looks like you accidentally placed things crooked.
The layout I show in the image at the top of of post totally works, even though the items don’t form a strong obvious line. The line is loose and implied because I used lots of little items instead of of a strong clean line, but it is still a definite line, so it works to make a clear diagonal.
For the layout that didn’t work, I normally would have changed my design idea and made my elements straight instead of diagonal, but since I was finishing up a layout for a video on diagonal design, I gave the diagonal a shot, and failed just a little. :)
Here’s what I learned a day later when I took a second look, on top of what I already knew about diagonals: If your items aren’t emphasizing the diagonal by following the angled line, then they compete with the angle. This means your angle is watered down, and it looks crooked instead of purposely diagonal.
Are you a visual person who wants to see it in action?
You can see me put together all 3 layouts, beginning to end, in a video I just added to the membership library.
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Are you ready to try a diagonally designed layout yourself?