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Grid Case Studies. pt.1

Posted in Uncategorized by emmajaneallen on November 17, 2010

My first case study is actually from the book Making and Breaking the Grid: A Layout Design Workshop by Timothy Samara.  It is a fascinating and critcal analyse of the use of grids in design and how breaking them can bring an entirely new rhythm to your work. The piece I would like to focus on is below.


This page I felt was a prime example of how breaking the grid can really bring what would have been a boring, formatted page to life. The way that Samara has changed the size, direction and placement of the paragraphs is so entertaining for the eye that it is difficult to look after, even if you arn’t reading the main body of the text. By breaking the grid he has made simple writing into a piece of design all by itself. Along with different fonts, sizes and ppositioning the designer has also used different colour tones, drawing attention to specific phrases and paragraphs, highlighting them (a technique I would like to use within my own work).

Although the grid has been broken a lot within this piece it is still evident within some of the writing. 4 basic columns have been used to create some kind of formation so that the whole design doesnt fall into an absolute unorganised mess.

To conclude I believe that this is a perfect example of when designers have used a grid and broken it to create an exciting and different effect in their work.


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