Chapter 6: Grid Design Basics

Grids use vertical and horizontal thresholds to indicate divisions of space and to provide a way for designers to determine how the interior proportions of a page should be used. They provide a structure within which to organize both text and image and allow diverse compositional elements to exist in a layout with a degree of order and visual harmony.


Grids come in many different forms. When creating a grid system, designers may use their intuition, or they may base the grid on established rules of space or commonly used sizing systems such as square or double square, and the European proportion of A paper sizes. Grids can be created with specific content in mind or as part of a system that is designed ...

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