Find out why great designers use grids. Learn the principles of using grids to give your compositions strength and structure, break space into units, and streamline your design process.
- I'm Ina Saltz, and I'd like to welcome you to Foundations of Typography: Working with Grids. - There are a number of lynda.com courses which show you how to create grids. This course is about why you should use grids and how they can work for you to make your print and screen-based projects work well. In this course, I'll show you plenty of examples and point out how and why typographic grids are the designer's best friend. Grids are great! A good flexible grid will organize your visual thinking and streamline your design process.
Grids give you a starting point, a structure to build upon. Grids are like a skeleton whose bones give your project strength and which keep everything in its place. Most important, grids free you up from getting disctracted by nitty gritty design decisions and let you focus on the big picture. I'll explain how and why they work the way they do so that you can take that knowledge and apply it to your own projects. And I'll also show you some great examples of breaking out of the grid. I'll explain how violating the grid can work to make your projects more exciting and dynamic.
You're in good hands. I'm passionate about the deep and wonderful world of typography. I'm excited to share with you Foundations of Typography: Working with Grids. So lets get started.
Designer Ina Saltz walks you through how to use grids effectively in both print and screen-based projects, offering examples from websites, books, magazines, and even comic strips. Ina touches on using grids to solve issues with hierarchy, proportion, and variation, and points out occasions that might warrant breaking away from the grid, to give your compositions more visual tension and interest. Start here and learn how to add this powerful tool to your typographic arsenal.