Join Ina Saltz for an in-depth discussion in this video The grid: A structure for containing type, part of Graphic Design Foundations: Typography.
Grids are the building blocks of design. They are a way of dividing space, arranging content, and containing text.…A gridded space gives us a structure, we can work strictly within that structure, or we…may choose to selectively break out of that structure, either way it is really helpful…to have a grid as a starting point.…Various grids are built into InDesign and other programs, or you can create your own.…The simplest grid is a single column width with a fixed depth and fixed margins, these…are typical for books and scholarly journals, for example.…
A more complex grid may vary in the number of columns and the way those columns can be combined.…The 12 column grid used by Willy Fleckhaus at the German magazine twin remains a classic…and is being used for web and mobile design as well as for print because it is so flexible.…It divides evenly into six columns, four columns, three columns, and two columns or into numerous…uneven combinations like 7 and 5 or 5, 4, and 3.…
The more flexible a grid is the more useful it is because it can be reconfigured to suit many purposes.…
- What is typography?
- Differentiating type characteristics
- Using ornamental and decorative type
- Combining typefaces
- Using contrast and scale
- Kerning and kerning pairs
- Choosing the optimum line length
- Aligning and spacing characters, words, and paragraphs
- Understanding factors affecting legibility
- Working with three-dimensional type
- Putting type in motion
Skill Level Beginner
1. Typographic Differentiation
2. The Language of Type
3. Spacing and Alignment
4. Touching on Type Design
5. Legibility and Readability
6. Typographic Composition
Contrast and scale4m 54s
7. Thinking with Type
8. Specialized Uses
Working with numbers2m 10s
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