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DGC Armature and Grid notes

Typographers use two things to design

  • a typographic element
  • the space within and surrounding it


Armatures, grids and grid systems are devised to assist hierarchy to help structure both elements in space



  • Underlying structure
  • bind elements through deliberate but fairly random placement ruled by “intuitively” divided space
  • principles of alignment, visual proportion, balance, harmony
  • compositionally satisfying drawing


  • Underlying structure
  • structural in addition to visual rules governing placement
  • rigid vessels


Grid Systems

  • similar principles to grid except within a calculated program
  • mechanical plan for placement
  • spans pages
  • organizational map
  • White space
  • modules build structure



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Posted by Shareese Harris on February 17, 2013

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