#1A - Regular DiagonalThis 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 DiagonalEven 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!