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Preview — Grid Systems by Kimberly Elam. Principles of Organizing Type by Kimberly Elam. Although elwm 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 best-selling Geometry Although grid systems are the foundation for almost all typographic design, they are often associated with rigid, formulaic solutions.

In her best-selling Geometry of DesignElam shows how proportion, symmetry, and other geometrical systems underlie many of the visual relationships that kimbrrly 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: Filled with extensive research and more than informative examples from the Bauhaus to Nike ads, Grid Systems provides a rich, easy-to-understand overview and kimberpy 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. Paperbackpages.

Published August 12th by Princeton Architectural Press. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Grid Systemsplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Dec 29, James Moes rated it it was ok Shelves: The book is very hard to folow if you have problems with focus, but thanks to a lot of picture content I grix managed to get through. I do wish someone else would explain a bit more to me all the compositons un detail, as I think I did get pass dystem to sustem to study them properly.

I would recomended to study and exercise the studys with the samples provided, to get sense of composition and hierarchy. Dec 05, Kirtan rated it really liked it. Interesting, but this could have been better presented as a hour lecture series. Apr 19, Marie rated it liked it. The text can get heavily jargoned, but there are ample examples to get you through what she means.


Also I loved the overlay pages, where they had kimherly of real life products book layouts, posters, programs with a transparent sheet over systfm marking the grid lines to show you dlam it was laid out. Some seemingly simple designs were quite complex.

I would have liked there to be more design critiques – there were a handful of examples where they ‘fixed’ bad design.

PAPress — surprising, inspiring, and informing those curious about the visual world.

I learned more from those. Jul 17, Steven rated it it was ok Shelves: A very strange book. If you are into typography, you are likely familiar with the grid.

Basically there are aesthetics involved in laying things out in certain grid patterns that are pleasing to the eye. This book shows many examples of text laid out in grids, but does little to explain why they are laid out in that manner.

Overall, this book could give you some ideas, but leave you wondering what the purpose is. There is just very little explanation behind the theory of the grid system. This le A very strange book.

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This left me feeling a little empty. There are better books on this subject.

Jun 22, Erica rated it really liked it Recommends it for: I wish there were more pages with the overlays, because i found them very helpful, but that’s my only complaint. Oct 22, Mike Williams rated it it was ok Recommends it for: A strangely organized journey through various grid systems, from basic to more complex.

It doesn’t seem to be written as much as collected and assembled, but the attentive reader will still gleam some knowledge and inspiration from this book. The most magnificent part is the construction elzm the book itself with meticulously drawn grid-overlays of respected designs. Nov 05, Alexandra rated it it was amazing Shelves: I think systm this book as a well-composed and very clear introduction to working with grids. The great amount of examples given and the see-through grids overlaying pages contribute really well to the contents of the book.

Dec 07, Cody rated it liked it. This book provides an excellent foundation into the construction and concepts of grids, and provides great examples of each.

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Nov 17, Amanda Farough kimverly it really liked it Shelves: This book is fantastic for the budding graphic designer that is struggling with how to communicate effectively with text blocks, hierarchy, tension, and locking of graphical elements.

An excellent read that is a must-have for any design student. Aug 10, R. Friend rated it really liked it Shelves: Good detail and elaboration on the classic Allen Hurlburt book.


Feb 09, Leonard Houx rated it liked it Shelves: A great book for web designers! Jan 02, Andy Stone rated it it was amazing. The best of its kind. May 23, Marc Manley rated it really liked it Shelves: A great intro into the concepts of design.

Oct 20, Jen rated it really liked it. Very good if you’re just beginning to learn layout design. Jan 23, Samuel Dellicour rated it it was ok.

Not bad, but a little bit too basic. Aug 19, Patricia rated it liked it Recommends it for: It changed the way I worked! Oct 22, jonathan berger rated it liked it. A competent but joyless primer, there’s little besides a thorough! Feb 13, steph rated it liked it. Jul 20, Bjm Index added it Shelves: Aug 09, Alex rated it liked it Shelves: Fairly elementary, but good as far as the limited content on offer went. The transparent overlays on real examples were a nice touch. May 11, Erik rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Essential reading for graphic designers.

Even if you think you know all there is to know about grids, you still need to get this book. Aug 27, Florence Laiai rated it it was amazing. Gary rated it it was amazing May 01, Daniel rated it liked it Dec 31, Ilidio rated it liked it Mar 22, Chris rated it really liked it Mar 24, Marie rated it really liked it Aug 07, There are no discussion topics on this book yet. If you like books and love to build cool products, we may be looking for you.

Kimberly Elam is a writer, educator and graphic designer. She has written extensively about graphic design and design education. Her first book, Expressive Typography, Word as Image Van Nostrand Reinhold, identifies and analyzes methods by which words can transcend didactic meaning and become images.

Geometry of Design, Studies in Proportion and Composition Princeton Architectural Press, visually illustrates the connection between classic proportioning systems and modern graphic design, industrial design, illustration and architecture. Grid Systems, Principles of Organizing Type, Princeton Architectural Press, puts forth a clear methodology for understanding and learning the grid system of composition. Her most recent book, Typographic Systems, Rules for Organizing Type Princeton Architectural Press,presents an innovative series of nontraditional, rule-based, visual language systems for typographic composition.

Her current work focuses on the development of a series of innovative ebooks and print-on-demand books for design education on her website, www. Books by Kimberly Elam.