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    Lightbulb Best resources to learn about typography and grids

    I've changed a lot about my design approach and process after reading the Manifesto of grid-based layout -- Grid Systems by Josef Muller-Brockmann.

    I've expanded this knowledge further with Grid Systems: Principles of Organizing Type by Kimberly Elam and got some interesting inspiration from the practical examples in the book Making and Breaking the Grid: A Graphic Design Layout Workshop, which you can get as a PDF here: http://rapidshare.com/files/322538310/Making_and_Breaking_the_Grid.pdf

    The Vignelli Canon is also a must-read in my opinion. It's available for free from the author here http://www.vignelli.com/canon.pdf

    I'm also trying to read The Elements of Typographic Style by Robert Bringhurst, but I find it hard to read since I don't have a printed copy of this (just a scanned , hate that).

    So, any other reading suggestions from you good people? Any interesting blogs/articles/pdfs on this subjects that you would like to share?

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    have you try Thinking with type by Ellen Lupton and Making and breaking the grid by Timothy Samara? Those books you have mentioned are the best already.

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    “Ordering Disorder: Grid Principles for Web Design” by Khoi Vinh

    Geared towards web design, but firmly grounded by the principles of typography/grids

    http://grids.subtraction.com/

    http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0321703537/subtraction

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    Quote Originally Posted by mandnem View Post
    have you try Thinking with type by Ellen Lupton and Making and breaking the grid by Timothy Samara? Those books you have mentioned are the best already.
    Ellen Lupton helped me out a lot!

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    Thanks for the suggestions, my school's library actually has the last 2!

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    Question

    How important do you all believe grid-based typography can be over the casual "eyeballing" technique?

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    Quote Originally Posted by froge View Post
    How important do you all believe grid-based typography can be over the casual "eyeballing" technique?
    I think once you're familiar with grid/typography principles to some extent, when you think you're "casually eyeballing", your mind is still subconsciously gravitating back to those principles

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    http://www.typophile.com/ is one of the best forum for it.

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    If you want to get better at the swiss thing, buy one of their actual books, like gestaltungsprobleme des grafikers by josef muller brockmann and scan in pages and recreate the grids. seriously, it will help.

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    These are the first 3 books I had when I first study graphic design, truly a must-have! thanks for the pdf!

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    Lucienne Roberts

    'The Designer and the Grid' and 'Grids: Creative Solutions for Graphic Design' - by Lucienne Roberts. Check out the new book on the golden section/ratio 'Golden Meaning' on the GraphicDesign& imprint.

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    making and breaking the grid.

    http://vk.com/doc1840617_163301754?hash=e61abc5f09d05c6301&dl=28 aabb49a7217e1962

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    Grid Systems in Graphic Design by Josef Muller-Brockmann.

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    "Type and Typography" from Phil Baines and Andrew Haslam. One of the best books in the matter of tipography. Worth a check.

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    Quote Originally Posted by froge View Post
    How important do you all believe grid-based typography can be over the casual "eyeballing" technique?
    Grids are super important. The more you use them the more reasons they are great pop up. They definitely help the overall look and can help you see space in a way you can't eyeballing but they also help efficiency ridiculous amounts because you're limiting your options.

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