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Playing With Layouts

Posted on by Rob Stenzinger

Thinking about updating my portfolio - I decided to explore some layouts by playing with rectangles in Apple's Keynote.

Even though Axure, Illustrator, Omnigraffle, Flash, Photoshop, Sketchbook Pro, and other apps (pen and paper too) are totally capable and ready to do the job of exploring a layout, I find Keynote's simple tools a fun place to play yet produce pleasing layouts. Axure is a close second for me in both keeping me in a playful flow and cranking things out.

Some constraints I chose for this exercise:

  1. Use mostly rectangles.
  2. Stick mostly to layouts that felt like I could build pretty quickly using Bootstrap.
  3. Use a smidgen of asymmetry to keep things interesting. Asymmetry creates tension with the ease of porting to Bootstrap yet helps ensure a more distinctive layout.

I'll take a look at the layouts from this session later in the week with fresh eyes and see which grabs me.