Making and Breaking the Grid

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Rockport Publishers, 2002 - Design - 207 pages
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The first section, Making the Grid, begins with an exposition of basic grid types, illustrating and defining the most common ones used in traditional design work. A selection of relevant projects shows how these grids organize information appropriate to each application and can provide a framework for composition.
The second part of the book, Breaking the Grid, focuses on designs that challenge grid-based notions of organization. A brief discussion addressing the breaking down of structure is followed by a second set of relevant projects - this time, showing the grid reworked or discarded in favor of alternative compositional approaches.
Working designers and students alike will find this book a valuable reference, as well as a source of inspiration for new approaches to laying out their projects.

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Review: Making and Breaking the Grid: A Graphic Design Layout Workshop

User Review  - Tim Lindeman - Goodreads

The example section which made up 2/3 of the book was very good. Great to get some ideas on how to layout your own grids. The history sections were way too dense to read. Read full review

Review: Making and Breaking the Grid: A Graphic Design Layout Workshop

User Review  - Tim Lindeman - Goodreads

The example section which made up 2/3 of the book was very good. Great to get some ideas on how to layout your own grids. The history sections were way too dense to read. Read full review

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Timothy Samara is a graphic designer based in New York City, where he divides his time between teaching, writing, lecturing, and freelance consulting through STIM Visual Communication. His 18-year career in branding and information design has explored projects in print, packaging, environments, user interface design, and animation. He has been a senior art director at Ruder Finn, New York s largest public relations firm, and senior art director at Pettistudio, a small multidisciplinary design firm. Before relocating to Manhattan, he was principal of Physiologic in Syracuse, located in upstate New York. In 1990, he graduated a Trustee Scholar from the Graphic Design program at the University of the Arts, Philadelphia. Mr. Samara is a faculty member at New York s School of Visual Arts, New York University, Purchase College/SUNY, and The New School, and has published six books on design and typography, all through Rockport Publishers: "Making and Breaking the Grid"; "Typography Workbook"; "Publication Design Workbook"; "Type Style Finder"; "Design Elements"; and, most recently, "Design Evolution", released in January 2008. Mr. Samara and his partner live in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn.

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