Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Go To Designs: Diagonal Flow

Welcome to another episode of Go To Designs! This month I've chosen to feature the downward diagonal. It creates movement and leaves no doubt as to where your eye should travel on the page. I like to think of diagonal flow in three categories.

#1A - Regular Diagonal
This is the most common way to use diagonal flow. It begins in the upper LH corner and flows to the lower RH corner of the page. Spanning the page seemed the logical thing to do on this layout about the Mackinac Bridge.


#1B - Regular Diagonal
Even if the elements are separated, as mine are here, your eye travels that downward path. This is the way we are trained to read, so it is a familiar and pleasing design.


#2 - Cluster Diagonal Brand New Page!
This version still progresses from upper left to lower right, but the elements are clustered together instead of separated. The design is more compact, leaving generous white space on the layout. This page is about my great-grandfather and a favorite phrase I remember him saying.



#3 - Reverse Diagonal Brand New Page!
If you want to shake things up a bit, try what I call the reverse diagonal. It flows from upper right to lower left. A striking design that depends on the unexpected to grab your attention. It works: these always catch my eye in the galleries.

If you are new to this series, you can find my other Go To Design posts here. As I do for each design, I've created a Pinterest board for Diagonal Flow layouts. Do you use diagonal flow on your pages? Maybe you've done something in a way I did not mention. I'd love to know about it!

20 comments:

  1. Your posts are always so inspiring x

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  2. Really interesting..I caught the words "reverse diagonal" and my brain was thinking "how's that going to work?" and then I saw the page and I thought "yep, she completely got that to work"!

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  3. Love your pages. Not sure I've ever thought about the cluster diagonal. I'll have to look at my pages to see if this is something I've ever done - maybe subconsciously? Great photo of your great grandfather. Love that layout! :)

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  4. OH, I love this design concept and use it all the time. I like all your pages but especially the movie page. The bright colors surrounding the photos say to me that once you get inside the movie, you see all kinds of worlds.

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  5. love all these layouts!!! just wonderful inspiration

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  6. Always a wonderful collection of inspiration in these posts, Sue. I love them all!

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  7. What awesome pages! Great design lesson!

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  8. Great layouts as always. I especially like the cluster diagonal one!

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  9. Wow!!!! All of these are amazing! This is some of your best work Sue!

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  10. great ideas here. Love the 3rd one really well. They are all beautiful designs.

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  11. WOW... what an inspirational! .. these layouts are beautiful Sue... hugs...x

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  12. I love the Diagonal design Sue, and all of your examples are beautiful!!

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  13. I really like the diagonal design with the hexagons. The stitching is a nice touch. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  14. Lots of wonderful inspiration! Love the sewing around the hexagons in that first layout!

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  15. Almost all of my pages use this diagonal flow...I have to intentional switch it up sometimes. :) LOVE all your pages! Fabulous work! :)

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  16. Great examples! Love that you did some of your journaling in pencil!!!! :) Evie

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  17. Great layouts! I've never really thought about diagonal flow, but since I Pinned three of the layouts, I'm thinking I'll be thinking about diagonal flow in the very near future. :)

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  18. OMG such fabulous layouts. Love how you added stitching around the Hexs. The last one is my favorite with the grid/collage on the diagonal.

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