I was looking through some Computer Arts tutorials and came across Mark Bloom's modular grid system in illustrator.

I thought it was refreshing to see Computer Arts highlight how a designer works with a grid system in their day-to-day design projects.

I was wondering what people thought to the process Mark uses? I am interested to hear everyones thoughts about creating Modular grid systems, perhaps you feel you have a better solution? or perhaps you work for a design studio that likes you use grids a certain way?

Appreciate anyones thoughts?


The-Marker's picture

I need this font

Similar font? please

I've just released a new free font called SONAR SCRIPT available for free download at the Floodfonts website. If you want to see more in-use examples you are invited to visit the Behance project:

SONAR SCRIPT is a modular, experimental typeface that plays with the idea to fold a line of text from a continuous strip of paper. In spite of its technical and contemporary appearance, the overall impression of the typeface is unusual and very characteristic! SONAR SCRIPT works really well to create grid-based, geometric layouts with large letters or to design logotypes.

I'm hoping I've posted this in the right section. (If not please move my topic! I would greatly appreciate!) I was talking a designer and that has never used the feature to lock the paragraph(in InDesign) to the baseline grid. I got to thinking because looking at the baseline grid right after you click the lock feature it ruins the leading set up. I know that you need to change the baseline grid first to adjust to the leading of the body copy text, but then I had this project where I made so many lines for the baseline grid in order to accommodate the text to fit the layout and not have the leading have wide gaps which would have given a lot of space between each line.

guest's picture

The Grid

I'm wondering if it's still common to build horizontal page structure based on increments of a strict grid sub-unit, or do most people simply decide on the margins, number of columns and gutter size and let the columns fall as they may?

Thanks for your help.

amaher15's picture

My first Zine

Hey everyone.

I just published my first Zine-it's free and is supposed to be published online!

You may or may not like it. If you don't, please tell me what's wrong with it. But here's the finished design and copy, all set in beautiful Futura.

Go nuts and share it with everyone if you like it enough,


tonybolero's picture

Rules when using Modular grids?


This is my first post here so please be gentle :)

I have a question about modular grids. Is there a "rule" of how high each square should be or how many divisions you should use?

Best regards
Tony Bolero

bobbygrotesk's picture

Grid help in Fontlab

Hi guys,

I'm about to start digitizing a typeface for a designer who has never used Fontlab.

Each glyph has been drawn by hand very well on strict gridded paper.

Is there a method of applying the same paper grid to my Fontlab grid?

Thanks a lot guys!


Hi. I have created a typeface that has been pretty well-received, and I would now like to create more weights of the typeface, as their seems to be a lot of interest in the new weights. However, I can't figure out a good strategy for moving forward.

The process that I followed for the original weight was not very economical and I'm sure it was not the best approach. I designed the typeface in Illustrator, and used the relatively cheap typeface software TypeTool to create the actual typeface. The face is meant to look a little quirky, but I took a pretty geometrical approach to building it -- I know the exact rounding of each corner, and width of each character and line (with exceptions made for aesthetics, of course).

selfbuildtype's picture

Snap nodes to grid macro?

Does anyone know of a method or macro that is capable of snapping nodes to a defined grid? I have some pixel fonts that have a few minute errors and this would make things a lot easier. Any suggestions? I searched for a macro but I was unable to find one that would do this.

I am an artist and I have recently become very interested in Josef Muller-Brockman's grid systems however I am very new to this sort of system and would like to better understand the math at work in the construction of the grids so that I can construct a 20 cell grid for a page that is the golden ratio (ie. the height is 1.618 * the width).

I am using the 20 grid on page 77 of Josef Muller-Brockman's Grid Systems in Graphic Design as a reference, however the page the book is printed on is not exactly a golden ratio, nor is the grid area a true golden ratio.

Nitzan's picture

Vertical Rhythm CSS Framework

I am writing a css framework and could use a minute of the typophile members time

zeq's picture

suggestion: lay out book

i'am bulding a magazine for my graduation project. i examined variety of grid & typography books, and i'm really happy with that. i'think it's time to look at lay-out books. to learn and remember the basics and advance theories about designing layouts.

so i need some suggestions here. what is your favorite book about ,or relative, designing layouts; for magazines, books or anaything upon a grid.

and thank you for intrest.

I am interested in hearing your thoughts on who uses the grid the smartest and most interestingly. Is it a 6,7 or 12 column grid any extra info would be great. Some of the best I can think of are, Esquire, GQ, popular mechanics, GOOD, Monocle and Plastique.

Here are some samples from Anthem magazine's recent redesign

if you like modern and geometric fonts and blackletter as well, have a look at the typophile post »Fracmetrica Black .otf«

the free-font »Fracmetrica Black« is a modern and geometric blackletter with several opentype-features like ligatures, case-sensitives, text figures.
It's kind of condensed and has a high contrast. The typeface's construction is based on an isometric 60°-grid.

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