The Grid

The Grid

Author: Nancy Esslinger

In this lesson you will learn about the history of the layout grid and how to identify and define its component parts.

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  • Grid

    An underlying structure upon which a layout can be built, typically comprised of rows, columns and the gaps between them.

  • Module

    Name for the basic component of a layout grid which overlays a matrix of columns and rows.

  • Row

    A component of a layout grid which spans the page horizontally.

  • Josef Müller-Brockmann

    Swiss graphic designer, teacher and key proponent of the International Style movement. Müller-Brockmann pioneered the use of grid systems in graphic design.

  • de Stijl

    Means "The Style"; Dutch art movement focused on use of simple geometric form and primary colors. The painter Mondrian was part of this movement.

  • International Style

    This style, also known as "Swiss Style", is characterized by the use of asymmetrical balance, rigid typographic grids and the use of sans-serif typefaces.