Sunday, October 15, 2006



Grid Systems in Graphic Design
Josef Müller-Brockmann
ISBN: 3721201450

A Visual Communication Manual for graphic designers, typographers and three dimensional designers. Considered by most to be the definitive book on grid systems. This book is a must for any designer. From concept to instructional, this book covers typography through grid systems used in design both 2D and 3D.

Put simply: a guidebook from the profession for the profession. The development of organizational systems in visual communication was the service and the accomplishment of the representatives of simple and functional typography and graphic design.

Grid Systems
Kimberly Elam
ISBN: 1568984650

Although grid systems are the foundation for almost all typographic design, they are often associated with rigid, formulaic solutions. However, the belief that all great design is nonetheless based on grid systems (even if only subverted ones) suggests that few designers truly understand the complexities and potential riches of grid composition.

In her book Geometry of Design, Elam shows how proportion, symmetry, and other geometrical systems underlie many of the visual relationships that make for good design. Now, Elam brings the same keen eye and clear explanations to bear on the most prevalent, and maybe least understood, system of visual organization: the grid.

Filled with extensive research and more than 100 informative examples from the Bauhaus to Nike ads, Grid Systems provides a rich, easy-to-understand overview and demonstrates a step-by-step approach to typographic composition. It suggests design strategies that transcend simple function and reductionist recipes to allow grids to become a means of truly dynamic communication. Any designer, educator, or student will benefit greatly from this elegant slim book, chock-a-block full of colorful examples, helpful vellum overlays, and Elam's insightful analysis.

The Designer and the Grid
Julia Thrift, Lucien E. Roberts
ISBN : 2-88046-814-0

"There has been a serious lack of design titles for students that explain the basic principles of design... what this book is trying to do is good... (It) is a must-have for all design students. I've seen nothing else in the market that would compete with this title."
Graphics International

"Here is one of those special items: a new book on typography (or at least with a high typographic content), which should be added to the list of required reading for all professionals and students alike... The Designer and the Gri really delves behind its subject, and beyond it, as promised. We can gain a clear insight into the importance of grids, and to the relevance of 'grid philosophy' to the life issues posed at the beginning of the book: the need to find some order in the chaos of our world; the need for a clearer life framework. Even from the narrower typographic standpoint, this book is a must."

This book reveals the key to the hidden driving force behind almost all graphic design - the grid. Case studies and interviews with leading designers such as Simon Esterson, Vaughan Oliver, Ellen Lupton, and Muller & Hesse explore what the grid means today and these and other top names choose their favourite grids. The authors move on to take a step-by-step look at the precision of the digital grid and ask, provocatively, whether the new CAD/CAM technologies may spell the end of the grid as we know it.

About The Author

Lucienne Roberts' design studio, sans+baum, specialises on projects outside the purely commercial. Clients have included the ICA, Sadler’s Wells, Breakthrough Breast Cancer, The British Council, Phaidon Press and the identity for the Arts Council’s Architecture Week. Lucienne also teaches at the London College of Printing.

Julia Thrift is a well-established design and architecture journalist who contributes to many magazine and book publications, including Blueprint magazine. She is also Head of Programmes at the Civic Trust in London.

Book bought:
Books read:
-Grid Systems in Graphic Design--Josef Müller-Brockmann
-Grid Systems--Kimberly Elam
-The Designer and the Grid--Julia Thrift and Lucien E. Roberts

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