Basics Design 07: Grids

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AVA Publishing, May 1, 2008 - Design - 176 pages
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Basics Design: Grids aims to introduce the basic principles of grid usage in graphic design as practised by contemporary designers. Although these design principles have a long history, methods have been refined, improved and complemented many times, and this process continues today, as new technology creates new media contexts. The book is not intended to be a prescriptive guide to setting up and using grids. Instead it looks at the principles behind grid usage to give the reader the ability to tackle a wide variety of graphic design problems. The book’s main message is that a static and repetitive approach to grid use does not result in effective and creative designs. By developing a clear understanding of the many facets of the grid, order can be delivered to a design but also ample opportunities for expression and creativity. The book also includes case studies juxtaposed with key creative ‘basics’. Contemporary work is supported by concise descriptions, technical expansions and diagrammatic visualisations, enabling the reader to fully understand the work being discussed.
 

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Contents

Introduction
5
How to get the most out of this book
7
The need for grids
10
Grid basics
26
Grid types
54
Grid elements
80
Grid usage
116
Grids on the Web
148
Glossary
159
Conclusion
171
Acknowledgements
173
Contacts
176
Back Cover
185
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Gavin Ambrose achieved his Masters in Communications at Central St. Martins and is a tutor on both the Typographic and Information Design courses at the London College of Printing. He has written and designed several books on branding and packaging.

Paul Harris studied at the London College of Printing and has gone on to become a freelance writer and editor. His work has appeared extensively in magazines and journals on both sides of the Atlantic, including style bible Dazed & Confused.

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