I am still learning how to use grids, and I think I speak for a few of us designers when I say this. This article shows 11 techniques when using a grid in design. I learned that grids don’t have to be boring and symmetrical. They can be obscure, asymmetrical, overlapping, tilting, and more.
For many years I thought that I had to be locked down to a grid. Certain teachers made me think that I was limited to the techniques and things had to be done a certain way. I was trapped in a box. Sometimes using a grid still makes me feel that way. But there are no restrictions in design. We are given the resources and it is up to us on how we take them into consideration and use them. Taking things above and beyond is what creates the difference between good and great designers. Same idea applies to students when one goes above and beyond what is expected for a project.
Now seeing these 11 techniques, yeah we can use them toward a project, but how can we take these techniques and make them better? How can we create more emphasis and hierarchy within the piece? Given the tools and techniques, we must also not forget our own skills and incorporate that into what is given to us, rather than just abandoning it.
Grids to me are just like guidelines. They are there for you when you need them, but to challenge it beyond its limits is key!
Creger, Rebecca. “11 Techniques for Breaking the Typographic Grid.” 99 Designs. 26 Aug. 2014. Web. 12 Oct. 2014.