Reading / Armature, Grid + Grid System
A designer designs using two things: a typographic element, and the space within and surrounding it. The next part takes skills and knowledge, and that is being able to understand the difference between three different types of structuring approaches to design.
Armatures are the most intuitive of the approaches. This is to bind elements through deliberate placement that can be random, although ruled by “intuitively” divided space while employing principles of alignment, visual proportion, balance and harmony. The way this is done is similar to the instinctive logic which governs a well composed drawing. The use of armatures was quite popular amongst commercial artists of the 19th and 20th century to create well structured advertisements and posters.
Grids are a more precise way to structuring elements in lieu of random / intuitive placement. Newspapers utilize simple columns to accommodate content changes simply and efficiently.