When designing a usable interface, one of the most important elements to consider is alignment, the consistent arrangement of content in a straight line. Creative programs such as Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop give the user many resources, one of them being smart guides, automatic guide lines that can assist the user in making sure all content is correctly aligned. Alignment should be considered in all interfaces, whether it be a website or a movie poster. Furthermore, this concept extends to all elements of design, including images and text.


Alignment Principle Of Design

A quick overview of alignment by Gareth David.


‘Alignment’ Design principle of Graphic Design Ep11/45 [Beginners guide to Graphic Design]

Gareth David uses many different visual examples to display alignment.


The Honest Designers Show: Mastering Design Theory 

A podcast encompassing design theory as a whole, and how the choices the designer makes impacts the user. 


Using any platform of your choosing (be it traditional or digital), create a basic layout or poster for your favorite movie. This can be a representation of the film using text, or done with visuals that have been hand drawn or pulled from a search engine. Focus on how the elements relate to each other, and how the placement and alignment of each word or picture impact the visual usability of the work you have created. 

Need inspiration? Find some of the best alternative movie posters here.