Making and Breaking the Grid: A Graphic Design Layout Workshop

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Overview


For designers working in every medium, layout is arguable the most basic, and most important, element. Effective layout is essential to communication and enables the end user to not only be drawn in with an innovative design but to digest information easily.

Making and Breaking the Grid is a comprehensive layout design workshop that assumes that in order to effectively break the rules of grid-based design, one must first understand those rules and see them applies to real-world projects.

Text reveals top designers' work in process and rationale. Projects with similar characteristics are linked through a simple notational system that encourages exploration and comparison of structure ideas. Also included are historical overviews that summarize the development of layout concepts, both grid-based and non-grid based, in modern design practice.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592531257
  • Publisher: Rockport Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/1/2005
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 163,385
  • Product dimensions: 9.12 (w) x 11.12 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author


Timothy Samara is a graphic designer and educator based in New York City where he teaches at the School of Visual Arts and Fashion Institute of Technology. He's also the author of The Typography Workbook (Rockport 2004). He lives in New York's Chelsea district.
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Table of Contents

Coming to Order: A Brief History of the Grid in Modern Graphic Design 14
Grid Basics: A Workshop in Structural Designing 22
Exhibits: Grid-Based Design Projects 32
Historical Interlude: The Seeds of Deconstruction 112
Exploring Other Options: A Guide to Grid Deconstruction and
Nonstructural Design Approaches 120
Exhibits: Grid Deconstructions and Non-Grid-Based Projects 128
App.: Index of Contributors 204
App.: Bibliography 207
App.: Acknowledgements 208
App.: About the Author 208
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  • Posted May 10, 2009

    Modern, Clear, Contemporary

    I was looking for this kind of book for a long time. I am not a graphic designer but I am an artist and have to design various posters, cards, and even books. I was looking through a lot of different books and none satisfied my needs. I was happy to find this one because it is not overloaded with information and messed up with thousands of examples but no clear system. With this book I can understand the design, where to put what and why it needs to be there - it goes form simple to complicated, it is modern, clear and contemporary. I already know there are different types of letters and graphic elements, etc, so I needed a book to tell me where to put what, to make it, not only efficient and serve its porpoise, but also look beautiful. This book did just that.

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