Layout Essentials Revised and Updated: 100 Design Principles for Using Grids


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A classic and essential text for designers since 2009, Layout Essentials: 100 Design Principles for Using Grids just got better with a fresh exploration of its design principles, updated text, and new photos and international graphics.

Grids are the basis for all design projects, and learning how to work with them is fundamental for all graphic designers. From working with multi-column formats to using type, color, images, and more, Layout Essentials not only demonstrates, using real world examples, how to use grids effectively, but shows you how to break the rules to use them effectively, too.

This revised and updated version of Layout Essentials is your one-stop reference and resource for all layout design projects.

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Syncopate the RhythmSyncopate the Rhythm

Syncopate the Rhythm

As crucial as it is to have a clean, controlled page or screen, the same elements repeated without variation can lull the reader into boredom. Avoid gridlock by having the column of text follow the shape of the art. Variation can help underline, as opposed to undermine, hard-core information.

This grid contains huge amounts of information. The staggered columns follow the shape of the trumpet and enhance an already handsome and lively listing. Typographically, the schedule is a virtuoso work of balance, rhythm, and craft.

Project Program schedule

Client Jazz at Lincoln Center

Design Bobby C. Martin Jr.

Large amounts of information are jazzed up by a sharp layout.

Make Do-It-Yourself Easy to FollowMake Do-It-Yourself Easy to Follow

Make Do-It-Yourself Easy to Follow

How-to instructions must be easy to follow. A clearly formatted layout can be followed (to a degree), even if it’s in a language the reader doesn’t understand. Clarity can be achieved by means of numbered steps and images. Choices of what to photograph as well as photos that are clear in and of themselves can be combined in a layout that is as delightful as well as easy to follow.

Project Kurashi no techo (Everyday Notebook) magazine

Client Kurashi no techo (Everyday Notebook) magazine

Designers Shuzo Hayashi, Masaaki Kuroyanagi

A how-to article mixes Western icons—Charlie Brown and his lunch bag—with an Eastern sense of space.

Peanuts United Feature Syndicate, Inc

Each component on the page is clearly on a well-defined grid. Numbers clarify each step of the process, with subset steps defined by small, circled numbers. Every element is organized; diagrams are so clear that a motivated craftsperson without knowledge of the language could make the item.