- Book design has a long tradition…going back to Medieval manuscripts.…And like anything with a deep history,…there are all types of rules and theories…about the right way to design a book.…Graphic design didn't exist as a profession…before the 1940s.…Printers and graphic artists designed the books.…It was more of a trade and an art form.…Grids in book design were fairly identical.…The page typically had one column…and the marker was on the bottom.…In the 20th century,…as the graphic design profession emerged,…book grids became more flexible and varied.…
Designers introduced concepts of asymmetry…and looked at other cultures besides European classics.…This makes designing a book much more interesting.…Again, using InDesign, I create a grid on the master page.…I start with similar margin sizes,…but may add a little extra to accommodate the gutter…if I think it's a thick book.…If it's a book with one or two kinds of information,…say mostly text, I create a two column grid.…If it's more complex, I'll work with more columns.…
- Why grids and proportions?
- The elements of a grid
- The types of grids
- Designing a master grid
- Asymmetrical vs. symmetrical grids
- Working with column and modular grids
- Managing multiple grids
- Designing posters with a grid
- Using grids in other design projects
Skill Level Beginner
2. The Pieces
4. Publications and Magazines
6. Other Formats
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