Join Nigel French for an in-depth discussion in this video Why grids matter, part of Designing with Grids in InDesign.
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What would you design with grids? Here are three good reasons. Grids have great historical precedence. They became part of the design philosophy of influential art movements of the early 20th century, like Constructivism, De Stijl, Bauhaus, and The New Typography. After the Second World War, 1950s, 60s, 70s, they were adopted by influential graphic designers like Josef Muller-Brockmann, and Wim Crouwel.
More recently, grids have been propagated by influential designers like Experimental Jetset, and many, many others. Grids provide a rhythm for your designs. A rhythm for your document. And this rhythm is going to increase the readability of your designs. And it's going to give them more structure and by giving them more structure, it will enhance their credibility. Grids impose constraint upon us as designers. But that constraint, as many designers will tell you, can in its way be liberating.
The constraint takes the guess work out of where to place things on your page or on your screen. You're not paralyzed by looking at a blank canvas. You have a framework to work within. And this can make for a more efficient workflow, but there is always the danger with any system that it becomes its own dogma, and we shouldn't let that happen to us. We make the rules. We make the grids, and sometimes we need to break those rules.
- Why grids matter
- Determining your page size
- Creating margins and defining your type area
- Setting up a baseline grid
- Understanding the power of InDesign's Gridify feature
- Breaking your grid with images
- Maximizing white space with a grid