Simple Grids

I’ve decided to take a look at simple design grids as a basis to begin my digital publication for Ipad. The purpose of this is to clearly discuss my journey through the Tools and Systems project. It will be made using Adobe InDesign which I am familiar with as I have done other projects using this software but I wouldn’t say that I am not particularly skilled. I have a basic idea on how to use InDesign and enjoy using it, but need to develop my skills and understanding.

Before I start on creating this and designing the outcome I want to look into basic grids to understand how to successfully structure an article.

I have just read an online zine called ‘Design Grids are Not Mathematical Grids’ by Andrew Maher ( which has given me some initial understanding to how grids in design work.

The zine talks about the design process’ that he uses to create grids in a step by step way. The process was suggested by Josef Muller-Brockmann, who I am going to look at further to see whether they have anymore useful process’.

These steps are;

  1. Define the format (size of the page)
  2. Define the type area (where all the words are going to go)
  3. Choose a font
  4. Test test test
  5. Redefine the type area
  6. Decide how many units you want your grid to be
  7. Create divisions
  8. Apply grid

This is confusing and I don’t know whether this method will work for me but it’s a good start in understanding what I need to do.

Choosing the type area

This part helped me understand on how to begin making a grid by choosing the type area and then how to decide what column size to use. This part was really interesting and has given me a basis in which to start.


Toward the end there are a number of examples where grids have been used. These examples both follow the same structure but both are entirely different from one another. I believe that this is valuable information, just because the grid is the same the design doesn’t have to be, and even simple, uncomplicated grids can create exciting outcomes.

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The zine is very simple stuff and things that I have already learnt so it’s important that I look in other places for information and help to further my understanding and ensure that I use them correctly and inventively.

“ The grid system is an aid, not a guarantee. It permits a number of possible uses and each designer can look for a solution appropriate to his personal style. But one must learn how to use the grid; it is an art that requires practice. ” - Josef Müller-Brockmann

The Grid System -

I’ve just discovered this website and think that it is really interesting how you can view the site with and without it grid. It’s great seeing the skeleton of a publication live and how important it really is.

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