Network Art readings for Sept 11


How You Make A Grid (p.2–10) by Andrew Maher


11 thoughts on “Network Art readings for Sept 11

  1. This article was very useful– something I will refer back to when I need to create a grid to design a poster or page for a screen. I have designed posters and created posters very cheap for people who couldn’t recognize bad design; I really do not know any design rules and look forward to learning and applying them. Maher’s advice to print out different fonts and outline them to get a feel for there subtleties and moods is something I’d never considered before– fonts are definitely evocative of moods, I think everyone would describe comic sans s as ‘annoying’. From this article I was able to create a list I can refer to when design a poster, page or interface.

  2. I really enjoyed this reading on grids. Working for an advertising agency, I often have to work with type and balancing content on a page to be aesthetically pleasing. I feel like I have so much to learn within the science of making grids, and I’m very excited to check out some of the books Maher recommended in the article. Laying type is truly an art form, and I think many people fail to recognize just how precise the process can be right off the bat. Yet, at the complete opposite end of the spectrum, there are artists who push and even completely obliterate the boundaries and formulaic processes that Maher details so beautifully in the article. I was elated that he mentioned David Carson in this reading, because he is one of the first artists to truly rebel against these “rules”–the fundamental purpose behind his work is to break every rule we think we know about type.

  3. I’m sure everyone in this class has created graphically designed work. Everyone is usually familiar with the clique ideas that surround graphic design and how it effects posters, business cards, websites, etc. This article, however, does a great job at showing the reader the line between the professionals and those who play on Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop in their spare time. This article did a great job at showing the analytical and logical parallels between design, painting, drawing and fine art (Something I’m very familiar with) and programming like CSS and PHP (Something I know nearly nothing about)

  4. As I’m learning about web design and typography I see that, as Massimo Vignelli put it, ” it’s not about the black it’s about the white, the space in between”. Grids not only apply an order or set of rules for you to design within, but they take care of small details such as, kerning, x- height, type weight, etc. that you might spend hours revising if you don’t use one. And I appreciated the implication that its the small details, the relationships between forms that “imply” good design. The article is a great reference for how to think about type and grids.

  5. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this article on implementing a grid system to produce consistent, comfortable design. This article made me realize that taking the time to create a solid structure for content goes a long way and results in a versatile format. In addition to providing a crash course on utilizing a grid system, this article is filled with great references and resources that led me to reach out and discover more. As an aspiring designer who is exposed to so many examples of design and philosophies, it’s difficult to decide what’s best in any given situation. After researching Paul Rand more, I’ve decided that his loyalty to modernism is well placed. Our goal as designers is to solve problems and communicate clarity. The grid system is a great tool to help achieve this goal when presented with a opportunity to do so.

  6. I really enjoyed how the author stated he was wasting our time by telling us readers about him. By knowing he believes he is wasting our time means he understands that people are reading the article for a purpose, which is not his life story, but rather understanding grids. I also really enjoyed learning about the history of what the artist considers design. By his choices of artists he chose to represent as the history of design, you can tell he is super well informed. With Bauhaus being super important to art, and especially design (there is even a typeface named after it!), the author bringing up Bauhaus shows understands the basic history of design.
    The author continues to explain his process for grid-making, reiterating that his zine is not a replacement for his inspiration, a book by Muller-Brockmann. The in-depth process explains all aspects of design, focusing on typography, margins, and gutters.

  7. I definitely enjoyed this article much more than the chapter reading mainly because of the amount of pages to read. However, I find this article very useful and coincides perfectly with me learning the need-to-knows about typography. While all the other readings have been very informative, this article should be looked at as an applied learning piece that not only gives you references to ideas, but also instructions! It was nice to see Maher’s design concepts in action throughout the layout of the article, rather than just describing what a good layout should be.

  8. This by far is my favorite article we have read for this class, although I know we haven’t read many yet. I love how the author starts off by stating he doesn’t want to waste our time by telling us about himself. I automatically related to him and wanted to dive in further. Instead of throwing some technical fluff at us, he states information in an easy to understand format. And might I add, every bit of it was helpful. Before this article, I though I knew a lot about what went into creatin things like this, I do it all the time. I had no idea the steps and little details that make professionals and people who just play around its adobe. I also found it very helpful that he kept adding notes about “if you want more info, here’s a great book”. I never thought about using a grid system until this article. This article is one to keep on hand for future designs I create.

  9. At first I didn’t really know what a design grid was, but as the article progressed it became clear to me. I’m not really a big fan of the whole “good” versus “bad” design since I feel that limits designers and conforms them in a way. I understand that it is a practical and in the authors words a “more advanced” way of design, however I feel that it really does make work from one graphic designer to another virtually the same in a way–and he does agree saying that designs become semi-autonomous. What I do like about the article is the authors attitude about fast production. Personally, i like to take my time when I’m working on something design based, but I can see that it’s true that when you use grids, then you can focus instead on other things such as “paragraph and sentence rhythm, division of space and other typographical principles.”

  10. Utilizing grids in design helps simplify the project by handling important aspects (kerning, margins, etc.). This allows the designer greater ease with design, which in turn allows the designer time to focus on the overall appearance without focusing on every exact detail.

    I absolutely loved the zine. From the writing to the actual message, I understood the importance of grids because it was interesting. Moreover, as an artist that delights in digital work, I feel it is a important resource to have. I found that the links and sources he provided were also great, because it gave the reader the option of delving deeper if desired.

  11. I thought it was interesting that grids became popular from the Modernist movement, started in Switzerland, in the 1950s–“Swiss style”. I found interesting that the ultimate goal of Modernists was to “create objects that were good but also mass producible (cheap) and help propel the emergence of quality goods among the middle class”. I thought that this was interesting that the modern world (in America), as we know today, base production off of this artistic principle. I thought it would be beneficial for me to write down and make note of the grid process suggested by Miller-Brockmann: (1)Define the format, (2)Define the type area, (3)Choose a font, (4)Test, (5)Redefine the type area, (6)Decide ohw many units you want your grid to be, (7)create divisions, and (8)apply the grid.

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