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Making and Breaking the Grid: For designers working in every medium, brwaking is arguably the most basic, and most important, element. Effective layout is essential to communication and enables the end user not only to be drawn in with an innovative design but to digest information easily. Making and Breaking the Grid is a comprehensive layout design workshop that assumes that in order to effectively bre For designers working in every medium, layout is arguably the most amking, and most important, element.
Making and Breaking the Grid is a comprehensive layout design workshop that assumes that in order to effectively break the rules of grid-based design, one must first understand those rules and see them applied in real-world projects.
Text reveals top designers’ work in process and rationale. Projects with similar characteristics are linked through a simple notational system that encourages exploration and comparison of structure ideas. Also included are historical overviews that summarize the development of layout concepts, both grid-based and non-grid based, in modern design practice.
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Lists with This Book. Mar 12, michaelben rated it liked it. I am not a designer. But I sometimes have to play one at work. The first part provides a very quick overview of the history of the grid, which was interesting on its own. This did help in later sections in the discussion of specific layout and design examples.
The last section covered working outside of the grid concept under the premise you have to understand the rules before you flout them. I would I am not a designer.
Making and Breaking the Grid
I would be surprised if this book was of value to a trained professional. It seems more appropriate for a lay person with a general interest or specific need. I am certain my work was better for having used it, and it will breakin on the shelf for future reference. Sep 07, Serith rated it it was amazing Shelves: When I first signed up for Graphic Design in college, I did not really know much about typography, nor did really I get it when teachers tried to explain.
This proves how you can follow rules and think outside the box. Beautiful and inspiring book. I wish When I first signed up for Graphic Design in college, I did not really know much about typography, nor did really I get it when teachers tried to explain. I wish this were a textbook in our grir and not just one my teacher lent me.
Dec 16, Erika Mulvenna rated it liked it Shelves: This book makes an effort to demonstrate how grid systems are used to organize information in print, and how you can break away from the grid to create more interest. The book includes an interesting but brief history lesson about breakiny grid” in publications, but it’s not as in-depth of a book either in information presented or in offering skill building exercises as I had hoped.
What this book does do is show through multiple examples taken from real publications how a grid is used to organize in This book makes an effort to demonstrate how grid systems are used to organize information in print, and how you can break away from the grid to create more interest. What this book does do is show through multiple examples taken from real publications how a grid is used to organize information on a page, both makign a traditional and non-traditional way. Jan 20, Alex rated it it was amazing Shelves: Tremendously helpful text for all designers, particularly those unfamiliar with the historical evolution breajing the grid.
Samara’s framing chapter about the Machine Aesthetic, Constructivism, the Bauhaus, the Basel School, and the Corporate Grid is particularly well-written and useful for designers to consult and internalize.
While Making and Breaking the Grid was written to be used primarily for designers working in print, digital designers will gain a lot from reading it. Indeed, I am highly tempte Tremendously helpful text for all designers, particularly those unfamiliar with the historical evolution of the grid.
Indeed, I am highly tempted to start rendering Sketch symbols for each of the grids Samara points to, if for no other reason than my own desire to see just what a nonorthogonal grid deconstruction would look like in browser.
Oct 09, Roger rated it it was ok. This book has an extensive gallery of projects for comparison’s sake, but very limited instruction and some history breakjng goes by too fast and too much like a parade of facts to possibly sink in. The commentary on the projects never offers any additional insight that could be gained by interviews with the designer or anything further than what’s visible to the attentive reader. Good to flip through, but I was looking for more of a manual on good grid practices.
Oct 15, Kieran rated it did not like it. Dont believe the hype. This book tries to show you too many things in too little space.
The accompanying text for individual examples tends to be too shallow and descriptive, it would be much better off with fewer examples and more in depth case studies and a bit of critical reflection. Furthermore the examples in Breaking the grid section did not age well. The feel of breakint digital postmodern anarchy in the designs is almost tangible. There are a few good ones but the typographic structure of majority of them is questi This book tries to show you too many things in too little space.
There are a few good ones but the typographic structure of majority of them is questionable at best.
Making and Breaking the Grid: A Graphic Design Layout Workshop by Timothy Samara
Oct 26, Mauricio Villamayor rated it really liked it. Samara’s book gives the reader a comprehensive historical context in which both grid base practices and deconstruction of the grid were developed.
Aside from this critical information, the book fulfils its propose of understanding how grid works and also tries to categorise deconstruction practices, which is more than useful for people that already know how to use the grid but try to challenge their practices. May 27, Happy-wanderer rated it really liked it. Great for the beginner and intermediate design looking for clear writing with lot’s of visuals on how to utilize grids in good design.
Jan 23, J. Pedro Ribeiro rated it really liked it. Making and Breaking the Grid, by Timothy Samara, is an analysis of the construction and deconstruction of grid-based designs. Featuring a comprehensive showcase of works in different media and across several decades.
The Book The book is basically divided into 2 parts. The first one about the creation of the grid-based designs and its usage. In the first few pages Making and Breaking the Grid, by Timothy Samara, is an analysis of the construction and deconstruction of grid-based designs. In the first few pages the reader will be immersed into the historical facts surrounding the development of the grid-based design.
But then again, this is not a history book. The next chapter the author slows down the pace and starts a workshop about grid design.
The content here is precise, clear enough for beginners and a good read for advanced designers. Concepts and styles are illustrated in a simple yet effective way and the examples are spot on. Then the showcase begins.
Making and Breaking the Grid: A Graphic Design Layout Workshop
Pages and pages of great artwork from different decades and styles. Each of them with its own grid style — column, modular grid, etc. Description and comments explain how it was used and the effect generated by it. Conclusion As an introduction timothh grid-design, Making and Breaking the Grid does its job.
The highlight of the book, without any doubt, is the showcase of designs. Big illustrations and photographs with detailed information. Definitely a must-have on any designer library. Nov 20, Reid rated it liked it. There’s certainly plenty of take-homes from this book, but not many of the case studies have aged well especially the websites.
And yes, the graphic-designer speak gets somewhat irritating. Mar 16, Leonard Houx rated it it was ok Shelves: Not as anr as I was expecting. It seemed as if Samara was only explaining grids and modern design as a foil to introduce postmodern design, most of which I couldn’t get into. So much postmodern graphic design from the 80s and 90s just looks tacky now.
There was some interesting historical information like that Emil Ruder was one of the first designers to break the gridbut I was disappointed to braking very little about how to actually use or not use grids. Mar 20, Nikki rated it it was amazing.
Making and Breaking the Grid by Samara, Timothy
This book was recommended in an ‘introduction to graphic design’ class. Creating a design from scratch can be daunting when you have a blank screen or sheet of paper, but it becomes much easier when you start to work from a grid.
I love this book because it gives you so many options and ideas regardless of the media you are working with.
Sep 03, Mellie rated it really liked it. This book was actually really interesting and easy to read, which is something that I don’t often get to say about design books.