Visual languages are popular for visualizing concepts and systems. However, just being graphical in nature does not automatically make a diagram easy to understand. Its usefulness much rather depends on the placement of its elements, that is: on its layout. Getting the layout right is labour intensive and time consuming and can be made a lot easier by making algorithms do the work. The Eclipse Layout Kernel (ELK) provides such layout algorithms, as well as an infrastructure to connect them to diagram editors.