Grin and Grid it

Grids. So useful, so hardly ever used. Even I don’t use grids as much as I could. Although, after I design something and go back and overlay a grid or the Golden Section my design tends to fall into classic composition guidelines. Still, perhaps my new year’s resolution can be to use grids more often. One of the easiest grids to employ is the symmetrical grid. It’s a classic layout created/resurrected by Jan Tschichold. Mr. Tschichold was a German typographer (type designer) and book designer. He escaped the Nazis and live in Switzerland. Mr. Tschichold popularized the classic grid used in medieval manuscripts, the 2:3 proportion. See diagrams below:

Divide the page height in to ninths or twelfths (12th=less white space)
The top margin is one division, 1/9 (1/12)
The outer margin is the defined by the text block placement. See illustration text block intersections
The inner margin is one half of the outer margin
The height of the body or text block is equal to the page width

I know you can’t wait to tape two pages together and draw up your grid to determine your page and margins. For those of you who cannot wait, here are the measurements:
Nine division                                                               Twelve division
Top margin—1.22 in                                                 Top margin—.4375 in
Bottom margin—2.44 in                                         Bottom margin—.875
Left margin—1.86 in                                                 Left margin—1.42 in
Right margin—.907 in                                             Right margin—.69 in


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