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These layout suggestion and layout re-do's were done as a part of Course 1, Lesson 8A, on Visual Weight. I invite you to be brave and participate by senidng me a layout. It is how I learned to grow in skills, with others giving me suggestions.

1. contrast - The dark background works well with the lighter photos and your text has good contrast also.
2. size - Certainly the photos are large! They may be a little too large (didn't think I would ever find myself saying that!) There isn't much else on the page, but in comparison to the photos, the sizes of the title and tag are okay.
3. color - nice, not really applicable for visual weight in this lesson
4. shape - not applicable.
5. texture - not applicable.
6. isolation - not applicable.
7. value - not applicable.
8. balance - since the only design principle you really have working in this layout is size, it is harder to help you with this layout. I would say that the balance is off because it is a little top heavy. Bottom heavy layouts look better, so if you were to make the photos smaller and move everything down, leaving some extra space at the top, it would help. Remember that what we call "white space" is actually space that works like an element. Leaving it at the top helps to push things down on the page.

In addition, nothing is grounded here. Everything is just floating on the page. But adding mats across the page, you could easily ground this layout.

In addition, you will find I am the journal police around here! There is no journaling here. I would love to know more about why your dog is a little ADHD to make the title make sense


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