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Making and Breaking the Grid (Graphic Design) Hardcover – March 1, 2003
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For a designer such as myself, a fan of Swiss and Bauhaus, simplicity, directness, Making and Breaking the Grid is a book full of idea and potential. Although not radical per se, it is a concise look at one of the most powerful aspects of communication design out there, in my opinion. Definitely worth a look.
There seems a contradiction here because the grid, used intelligently, will allow a whole range of graphic options to be presented with clarity. Some of the print examples reproduced in the first section do show this with perhaps the most useful item a grid thumbnail for each piece, unfortunately I thought it was rather too small on each spread despite being the key to explaining each format. From past experience, designing magazines, I would start work on a grid by concentrating on the text type size because it is the least flexible of all the elements on the page. This point really wasn't made enough of in the book's chapter: Grid Basics.
The reproductions show a reasonable range of design solutions, essentially print though there is an example of corporate signage. Missing are magazines (consumer or trade) timetables and the like. Without a grid this type of printed matter really wouldn't exist.
The book's contradiction, to my mind, start with the second section: 'Grid Deconstructions and Non-Grid-Based Design Projects'. The forty items shown seem to have a couple of common threads: their design is essentially arbitrary which makes them look very messy and frequently their typography (display and text) is used as a design element which makes the words unreadable. Their design is the opposite of grid stimulated creativity, in other words visual chaos.
Some of the examples are quite amazing. On page 180-181 twelve pages of a calendar are shown, totally useless as its impossible to see the days and dates.Read more ›
The book covers the grid theory and usage almost perfectly. If you're engaged in brochure or booklet design, you'll find this book full of ideas and extremely helpful, no matter whether you just start with it or you have been practicing brochure design for years.
If you're interested in implementing grids (or violating them) in your work, you should check out this book...
... but consider using a library!
Example: "In all of these compositions the designers have relied on their senses of placement, scale, movement, and color to intuitively orchestrate visual qualities within the respective formats."
If I ever say "intuitively orchestrate visual qualities" in a sentence you have permission to drag me into the street and beat my ass with a tire iron.
If you are interested in design and want a book that is written in an accessible way I suggest this: http://www.amazon.com/Systems-Graphic-Systeme-Visuele-Gestaltung/dp/3721201450
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is an excellent compilation of a diverse group of well crafted and inspiring layout designs. Read morePublished 1 month ago by D. Morris
I wanted to like this book a lot more. The good is that it does a nice job putting grids into historic perspective with a fairly succinct summary of their development. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Captain Red
I like that this book has some history mixed in with diagrams and pictures. I never knew there were so many different types of diagrams or why they were created, it's definitely... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Alisah H.
This book is a great lesson for the reader on how attractive visual design choices can negatively impact function.
The book is printed with light grey text. Read more
I couldn't read it! the e-book crashes on the kindle reader after minutes I start to read. Can I get a refund for an ebook?Published 13 months ago by Lord Remi
Gives examples of how to use the deconstructed grids that it illustrates. Great resource I will keep next until I wear it out.Published 17 months ago by Scott Clark