The Grid

I really liked one quote in particular from the chapter The Grid, “Designed in response to the internal pressures of content (text, image, data) and the outer edge or frame (page, screen, window), an effective grid is not a rigid formula but a flexible and resilient structure, a skeleton that moves in concert with the muscular mass of information.” I think this quote really sums up my main takeaways from this chapter. Grids provide structure and assist the person trying to read the information. Grids make things seem stable, and balanced, while still allowing for creativity.

I thought the history section of this chapter was interesting and I liked how the author went all the way back to Gutenberg’s bible where two-column grids can be found. I especially liked the quote, “Designers focus much of their energy on margins, edges, and empty spaces, elements that oscillate between present and absent, visible and invisible.” I think as a student in this graphics class it is important to remember the empty spaces, because they matter too. It is easy to think of empty space as unimportant, but it all goes into the overall design so it is equally important.

In my own, very short experience with grids they have proven extremely useful. I use grids in my projects to make my designs look pleasing to the eye as well as balanced. Especially after reading this chapter, I will continue to use grids to provide structure.



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