Making and Breaking the Grid: A Graphic Design Layout Workshop Paperback – May 1, 2005
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About the Author
Timothy Samara is a graphic designer based in New York City, where he divides his time between teaching, writing, lecturing, and freelance consulting through STIM Visual Communication. His 18-year career in branding and information design has explored projects in print, packaging, environments, user interface design, and animation. He has been a senior art director at Ruder Finn, New York's largest public relations firm, and senior art director at Pettistudio, a small multidisciplinary design firm. Before relocating to Manhattan, he was principal of Physiologic in Syracuse, located in upstate New York. In 1990, he graduated a Trustee Scholar from the Graphic Design program at the University of the Arts, Philadelphia. Mr. Samara is a faculty member at New York's School of Visual Arts, New York University, Purchase College/SUNY, and The New School, and has published six books on design and typography, all through Rockport Publishers: Making and Breaking the Grid; Typography Workbook; Publication Design Workbook; Type Style Finder; Design Elements; and, most recently, Design Evolution, released in January 2008. Mr. Samara and his partner live in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn.
- ASIN : 1592531253
- Publisher : Rockport Publishers; 32377th edition (May 1, 2005)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 208 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9781592531257
- ISBN-13 : 978-1592531257
- Item Weight : 2.02 pounds
- Dimensions : 9 x 0.5 x 11.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #402,190 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I agree with the readability issues for this book. If the goal was making the essay sections easy to read then I think it falls short. More traditional layouts and use of typography (size, color, choice of fonts) might have helped this goal more than the very self-consciously designed layout.
I also would have liked to see more discussion of more mundane examples (magazines, books, etc) as it seemed most examples were for clients looking for a very highly designed / arty look (at the expense of easy communications of information). I agree with some of the other reviewers that some examples showed projects that lacked easy usability / readability (i.e. for a calendar / schedule) - if the goal was communications of information without having to spend time deciphering the layout of the information then they fell short IMHO).
It is possible that this book might prove a useful reference for me for design ideas but I am not sure of that at this time.
Having said that, this book gave me pretty much exactly what I was looking for. The first part goes over the history of grids and includes some comments on typography and it's importance. A bit classroom style but easily skipped if you get bored. The second section of the text quickly and effectively describes the main grid formats and the elements involved in grid layout. Great, concise, and effective. The demo section is broken again into two sections. The first focuses on examples following grid laws, and the second focuses on breaking grid laws. I've honestly got more than enough inspiration from the first section alone and the best thing about their examples is that them seem easy to replicate and adapt to my own work. I've used their templates for some recent projects and the results came out great. For the price I'd seriously recommend this just based on the samples provided.
- A quick read
- Straightforward sections and explanations
- Good collection of examples
- Good Source of inspiration (especially for those just starting out)
- Reasonable price considering the other points.
This a beautiful book and full of inspiritation, especially if a Design student that is using InDesign program and needs creative ideas for page layouts.
Only problem I found with this book, is the small text type and printed in a pale gray ink on a gray background, making it difficult to read except in very bright light.
Showcase examples, and their visual and verbal deconstruction dominate much of the book. In terms of actual content, history and tips, Timothy Samara does a good job on the intro, but I was left wanting for more, hence the four star rating. Overall, it is a worthwhile investment, but it needs to be complimented by further reading.
Top reviews from other countries
very good text, great layouts well printed.
One for grpahic artists, although if you were trained I'm not sure if it would offer you any significant insights