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Grid

While reading this chapter, it was very interesting to see different ways that grids were used. Usually, I don”t see different grid styles being used and compared side-by-side, so this made the differences a lot more clear to me. I saw that how the grid is arranged and how the text and images are arranged using the grid affects the way the information is presented and how the audience takes in the information.

The quote by Jacques Derrida—”The frame…disappears, buries itself, melts away at the moment it deploys its greatest energy. The frame is in no way a background…but neither is its thickness as margin a figure. Or at least it is a figure that comes away of its own accord”—describes how important the grid is for a layout, even though it is invisible. So much thought goes into the empty spaces, such as the margins, leading, and edges, that the white space on the page becomes almost as important as the content on the page. The grid leaves space for things such as running heads as well, along with the main text. I found the use of the top margin in the catalog as the navigational interface really unique for a print publication. Usually, I see the top navigational bar on a website, but using it to separate books in the catalog was a cool idea and use of the margin.

ShirleyChang

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