Everything was made with structure. Grids are everywhere in nature. Our skeletal system is what makes humans have a similar shape and structure. The grid system helps us identify things that are alike.
Slidedocs are a new medium with the visual punch of a presentation that allow for extended text that your audience can read without a presenter. Using this powerful tool, made using presentation software like Powerpoint, your information can travel through an organization without you.
Because slidedocs have dense content, grids serve a more important function for them than they do with slides. Grids provide structure from which to organize your images and text and keeps your layouts tidy.
Grids help you determine the placement of images by giving them a spine to which they can align. Aligning images to a grid makes it feel like they have a sense of place, as if they have a space they “belong” in.
Laying out the type within a grid determines the width of your text. In slidedocs, long text blocks should be arranged in columns. The grid determines how wide you make the columns.
Grids in Use
Publications have structure.
Above, a grid is laid over the structure of a magazine spread. This grid is constructed so you can insert text and place images anywhere within the grid, and it looks tidy. Each page in the article has images and text that fall neatly into this structural system and naturally look organized.
Like publications, slidedocs also need to have a grid. Granted, the grid for this magazine article was developed by a professional designer and is more complex than you’ll need for a slidedoc.
Presentation Grids Create Consistent Organization