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Grids in Graphic Design

In my last blog post, I discussed the rules of good typography. I intentionally omitted grids because I felt it’s not only limited to typography and hence deserved it’s own post. Grids in graphic design refers to a series of intersecting horizontal and vertical lines that are used to structure content on a page. Their roots are in traditional typography for typesetting books but they can be used for placement of any graphic design element in print, web or multimedia. Grids act as a framework that a designer can use to organize content in a rational manner.

Creating Grids

Creating a grid is usually the first technical step of the graphic design process. Graphic designers begin with a blank page and begin dividing it up with guidelines, which can be turned on and off throughout the design process and are invisible in the final design.

Types of Grids

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