conventional grid approach

kel86's picture

As part of my studies i am gathering information about the grid in design and the typographic grid. I need opinions from typographers on their views about a conventional grid approach.

For or Against and why

Greatly appreciate any help

Rez Oo's picture


I doubt you'll get much interest from your post as this question has been asked lots of times within these forums... by students and professionals alike. It might pay to do a search within the forums and maybe get a few books on the subject of which there are loads! The typographic grid or the grid within design as you mention, is a massive subject... so it would be hard to pin down the right information for you.

By the way, what do you mean by the 'conventional' grid?

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kel86's picture

thank u for your comment, i thought i'd give it a go.
By conventional use of the grid, i mean The standard use, staying within the boundaries.

jupiterboy's picture

Using a grid doesn't mean accepting boundaries. Imagine music without a scale or time signature. It can happen, but it isn't what people look for. Even if you want something to sit off the grid you need to impose a grid structure so you know what you are not aiming for. How you use the grid says much about how you imagine your work fitting historically. So to address your question there is no standard use. Even in a craft with structure the individual voice of the craftsperson is clear.

blank's picture

Your best bet is to go to a library and do some research. Look for articles from the 1990s about grids and deconstruction and see what you find.

Miss Tiffany's picture

I've always thought the best place to start, after knowing and understanding the information you have to work with, is to find a foundation, or grid, for it. I don't force the information to fit that grid. Sometimes the grid changes to suit the information and that is at it should be.

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