Layout is a term from the English language that is not part of the dictionary of the Royal Spanish Academy (RAE). The concept can be translated as “provision” or “plan” and is widely used in the field of technology.
The notion of layout is often used to name the distribution scheme of the elements inside a design. It is common for a designer who is dedicated to creating websites develop a layout and present it to your client so that they can approve it and decide on the distribution of the contents.
The layout, in this sense, can be a kind of template that presents tables or blanks. The idea is that, from the layout, the web page begins to develop with its specific contents. The layout can be composed, for example, of a rectangle as a head and by three columns. Said scheme is generic and can be used to develop multiple websites.
For example: the head may include the page header (such as the name of a company or a publication); in the left column, the sections of the site (Who we are, What we do, etc.); in the middle column the contents can be developed; the right column can be used for advertisements.
Presenting this layout to a client It can be done at various stages of a project, from the first interview, when an agreement has not yet been reached, until the moment before the work is finished. The degree of complexity of the layout throughout this process is directly proportional to the percentage of work carried out: in the first contact it is usually done as a sketch while talking face to face with the interested party; minutes before closing the design, each element is expected to have been almost completely defined, with its shapes and colors already established.
Depending on the designer and his way of working, it is common for contracts to be signed that prevent the client from demanding changes once the design has been declared “closed”. It is important to keep in mind that creating a web page or any other product where the main elements are graphics takes a lot of work on a creative level; In the best of cases, the location of each object is based on a conscious decision, so that an alteration in one point can affect the rest of the project.
It is common, in the field of Internet, that they offer free layouts and that the users themselves are in charge of personalizing them with their content. The designer only requires that his mention appear somewhere on the web page, so that those who want a more complex development can contact him.
Layout is one of the many terms of English origin that have been implemented in other languages through programs and services, and this is very common in computing. At present, since operating systems are usually graphical work environments (such as Windows, Ubuntu and Mac OS), programs and applications are displayed in windows, and their bars of tools They appear arranged in a certain way, which is usually configurable; This arrangement is also known as a layout.
In another digital field, videogames, the term layout is associated with the location of the elements of the Interface graphically, in a similar way to the case of computer applications and programs. However, in video games it is not very common for users to have direct control over them, although it does occur in certain genres, especially on PC. One of the main benefits of giving players the ability to move or hide parts of the interface is that they “clean” the screen of unnecessary components and allow more appreciation of the game experience itself.