I have always thought of myself as a person who is organized and likes symmetry, but I have never thought much about grids. I am thinking that this is because, although I can see the impact of a grid, and I can see the white spaces of the margins and gutters, the actual grid is never seen. I liked the quote given by Jaques Derrida saying, “The Frame…disappears, buries, itself, effaces itself, melts away at the moment it deploys its greatest energy.” I never thought of grids as having this much power. And I still don’t really believe it entirely. I think that the content within the grid is more meaningful than the grid itself, but the way in which the content is spaced and organized impacts the way in which it is interpreted as well.
I also was blown away by the sentence that said, “The more columns you create, the more flexible your grid becomes.” This makes sense now, but my thinking before was that the fewer guidelines than the fewer restrictions. I thought I could do more with a larger one column page with margins than a page with three columns. I now realize though that the more columns there are, the more variations in the way the content can be arranged. And even more variations are created when a modular grid is used. (However, I don’t think I will be using one of those because the way the book explained it made it seem very mathematical and I would rather spend my time elsewhere.)
I am excited to use grids and get creative with the way I position my content within the grids. Grids now combine my need for organization with a freedom for creative exploration on the page.