Determining page and text block proportions

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Determining page and text block proportions
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I am reading through Robert Bringhurst's Elements of Typographic Style (4th edition) once again and especially Chapter 8: "Shaping the Page." My publication is a multi-column periodical; page size is standard 8.5x11" or close to it. I'm trying to use his chromatic scale (page 146) to determine the proportions of the text block. Most of the graphic design forums I appeal to for help just give me a blank look, so I turn to typographers.

My question: If you have a given page size (let's say 8.5x11," which corresponds to the tall half-octagon or a fourth on the chromatic scale), how do you determine the text block? Just mix and match it with the other proportions (major 6th, diminished 5th, major 3rd, etc.)?

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Bringhurst and Hochuli/Kinross were my Bibles as I learned the craft of book design. Rich Hendel's book, too. As I got more experienced, I began to see that there was an art to it as well. All of which is to say I came to mix and match things that looked attractive to my eye, taking into account what types the material called for and at what size and leading. You have to trust your instincts applied to what you've learned, without doing "cute" design that distracts the reader.