Chapter 3. Process

The balance of this book focuses on how to build a grid, including an overview of the steps to a working solution. Before we begin, though, it’s useful to outline principles that every designer should keep in mind.

A grid should focus on problem solving first and aesthetics second. A grid can provide such a seductive aesthetic enhancement to any design that it’s tempting to focus on its beauty rather than its utility. Many designers become preoccupied with the beauty of the grid and contort content or functionality to squeeze it in, regardless of how uncomfortable or ill-suited it may be. But the most successful grids are built in service of well-defined problems. Whether they’re communication problems, organizational problems, ...

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