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Grid Systems in Graphic Design/Raster Systeme Fur Die Visuele Gestaltung (German and English Edition) [Hardcover]

Josef Muller-Brockmann
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October 1, 1996 3721201450 978-3721201451 Bilingual
From a professional for professionals, here is the definitive word on using grid systems in graphic design. Though Muller-Brockman first presented hi interpretation of grid in 1961, this text is still useful today for anyone working in the latest computer-assisted design. With examples on how to work correctly at a conceptual level and exact instructions for using all of the systems (8 to 32 fields), this guidebook provides a crystal-clear framework for problem-solving. Dimension: 81/2 x 113/4 inches, English & German Text, 357 b&w examples and illustrations.

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Grid Systems in Graphic Design/Raster Systeme Fur Die Visuele Gestaltung (German and English Edition) + Thinking with Type, 2nd revised and expanded edition: A Critical Guide for Designers, Writers, Editors, & Students + Making and Breaking the Grid: A Graphic Design Layout Workshop
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Ram Publications; Bilingual edition (October 1, 1996)
  • Language: German, English
  • ISBN-10: 3721201450
  • ISBN-13: 978-3721201451
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 8.2 x 11.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,905 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Missing pieces of a giant puzzle December 20, 2003
By A Customer
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Purchasing my copy of grid Systems in Graphic Design, by Josef Muller-Brockmann, was the best money I've ever spent on a design text. I was a relatively seasoned designer with 6 years of pro-experience when I was fortunate enough to find a copy of this masterpiece. I was largely self-taught however, and while I knew from working in various layout programs about grids, I had no idea how powerfully they could be utilized. Within a weekend of reading and absorbing this book, my designs had improved substantially.
The grid theory and aesthetic principles set forth here are easy to understand and immediately put into use. The book lays bare the absolute essentials for successful corporate design, and the examples of the author's work from 50 years ago (the first IBM Corporate Identity) are so "current" you will be amazed at how little good, clean design principles have changed over the decades. Buy this book, wherever you find it... especially if Corporate Design is your thing.
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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic. But the time never stops. June 23, 2005
Brockmann have introduced the systematic use of grids in design, his work is very concise and it should be read and took seriously by any designer. But reading just Brockmann is not enough today, there are other fundamental authors that contributed for the development of the grid system and the adaptation to the new printing methods, even the display in digital media. A good theory can't stop in time. I do recommend the Authors: Veruschka Götz, Kimberly Elam and Timothy Samara. They all are representative designers that are helping to bring Brockmann System to a reality closer to us.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
As a pioneer and as a passionate advocate of grid systems, Josef Muller-Brockmann (JMB) was undoubtably a master of the grid. This combined with his teaching ability and his exceptionally eloquent and clear writing style has, in my view, given us the definitive work on grids. His may not be the last word but it is the first and arguably the best.

Where his "The Graphic Artist and His Design Problems" (1961) gave us a taste and an outline of grids, "Grid Systems" goes inside grids to examine typography, leading, pagination, formats and more, all in much detail and with an abundance of fine examples. This is an eminently practical book, giving the reader the theory, the method and also examples of grids complete with measurements.

I recommend this book to anyone involved in design. Although it is most applicable to graphic design (print and exhibition), it's application is wider than that, and the lessons will advance the designer's appreciation for the basics and the nuances of good design. Finally, this is an excellent example of writing on design by a systematic thinker, a great designer and an effective teacher. At a time when so much poor writing, ignorance and pretension abounds on the topic of design, this book serves as an exemplary standard for both content, method and style.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you design, you should own this book. February 19, 2007
Grid Systems is a must have for all types of designers. This book teaches the fundamentals of building grids, learning paper types/sizes, the proper way to lay out type within your grids and tons of other "rules" that you should know before trying to break them. The work examples in the book may seem outdated, but since they deploy strict grid layouts, they are regarded as more "classic" rather than old.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good; very basic October 28, 2010
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If you want to go from knowing nothing about grid-based graphic design to knowing something, this is your book: accessible, clear, and narrowly focused. It forcefully explains why grids are good, how to build them, and how to zero in on the right one for a particular purpose. It's hard to imagine a new designer who wouldn't improve after reading it.

"Grid Systems in Graphic Design" is also old, short, and introductory. The author writes from a time when his preparation for a design project was to make sketches so detailed that they sometimes involved actually hand-drawing accurate copies of the typefaces he intended to use. On the subject of page proportions, he stresses the benefits of DIN sizes and moves on. His examples are great at demonstrating the clarity that comes from applying a grid to a single, flowing stream of content, but it would have been nice to have a few examples in which content has to be kept separate. A newspaper page often has 4-6 stories (plus ads) that all must be kept visually distinct. How do his "Systems" accomplish that within the grid?

This book will teach what it says on the cover. Just don't expect it to do anything more. "The Elements of Typographic Style" by Robert Bringhurst is more wide-ranging, more up to date, and more important to have as a reference.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for any designer January 7, 2004
By A Customer
For the novice, this book is an excellent introduction to the purpose and use of grid systems. For the seasoned pro, it offers interesting insights into the small details a grid system can emphasize, or harm, w/any design project.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars learn from the master August 28, 2007
By P. Lee
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you will not regret buying this book. a must have book for any designer of any discipline (web, print, media, etc). the downside is that there's a lot of reading to do. so hunker down and expect to fall asleep a few times during the readings, but it's definitely worth knowing how the system works from the master of the grid.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars an indispensable resource
This is a must for all designers. It is a deep dive into understanding the grid system and typography and how to use them effectively to solve mass information layout. Read more
Published 27 days ago by aaron
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible book
Oldie but goodie. Some fundemental design principles that everyone should know. I use this book for helping my web design and print design students.
Published 3 months ago by alexacsi
5.0 out of 5 stars Gives clarity and meaning to the principles of layout
I'm by no means a graphic designer, but I appreciate beautiful design, things that are done will and with principles. Read more
Published 3 months ago by C. Williams
3.0 out of 5 stars Dated material with a huge price tag.
This book is considered to be a classic, and is worth reading if you are interested in a historical perspective on the grid system. Read more
Published 5 months ago by B. Swartz
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, highly recommended for all people involved with graphics.
An awesome guide for all people involved in some kind of creative stuff and layouts. Highly recommend this book, even if you just want to place it on your bookshelf as a... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Tigran Tashchyan
5.0 out of 5 stars worth recommendation
One of the best books about graphic design and definetely the best about grid I have ever read. So genious!
Published 8 months ago by Alicja
5.0 out of 5 stars A graphic designer's must-have
Ah, the Golden Rule and the wonderful world of grid systems. I always keep this handy when doing traditional and web page layouts.
Published 14 months ago by M. Low
5.0 out of 5 stars Grid Bible
This book is the Grid Systems Bible. This should be learned and studied, afterwards consulted everyday. I believe it to be one of the first books a Graphic Designer should buy.
Published 14 months ago by A. Darie
5.0 out of 5 stars Useful tool
This book gives you the essence of what its the grid itself and it opens your mind to new creations.
Published 16 months ago by Maria Colon
3.0 out of 5 stars To learn the basics of Grid Design
To learn the basics of Grid Design
it's a good book to start with.

Learn the basics and then:
Practice, practice, practice
Published 17 months ago by Carlos
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