Managing dynamic panel notes.
I saw this tutorial on my dash about how simple panel design is better and for the most part it is. You want basic paneling so when you use dynamic paneling it’s exciting, use it too much and it becomes boring. Also without proper tools the flow is really harsh, or non existent. So Kind of an addendum to that post I decided to quickly show you some tools you can use to manage your dynamic panels. I use Medli20’s sample of a page with low flow and use tools to make it flow better.
1. Gutters and Panels. Basically panels closer together will read sequentially, panels far apart with a gutter blocking will indicated to the reader to read the panel thats closer. Same goes with panel size, alike panels are easier to read in sequence.
2. Similar image. I especially noticed this reading 20th century boys, is panels containing similar images or a short time, or camera movement change are read more sequentially, I believe this is one of the strongest tools to get readers to read to the next panel when things get confusing.
3. Direction any kind of movement or pointing can help push the reader in the right direction, this could be a character looking in a direction, moving in a direction, the wind pushing leaves in a direction, or the background or perspective can point in the next direction. This is a very fluid option.
4. Panel breaks shouldn’t be used too often because they are better served for impact, but obviously 1 panel breaking into the next makes that panel for into that next panel.
Anyway yeah I suggest mostly using very simple panels, but if you don’t play with dynamic panels how will you learn to make them more readable? Anyway I hope this is useful to somebody…