Working with Gridlines


For our third photo essay, we focused on finding grid types in the real world. This proved to be much easier than our previous photo essays as many things we use are designed around a grid. In fact, I was able to find grids in text books, magazines, and even the employee guide used by the students at my office. What was incredibly interesting was the use of variety in some print types (e.g. UMBC Magazine) and the lack of variety in other media (textbooks).

Having found examples of grid types, I moved onto the second part of the exercise, tracing gridlines. This was a transformative exercise in that it quickly became apparent just how easy it is to miss the gridlines even if the design is right in front of you. The brain processes the designs without even noticing the underlying structures.


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