In this weeks reading, I was exposed to the grid used for graphic design. The reading describes how different variations of the grid are used for several fashions. The Point of the grid is to create a whole that is larger than the sum of its own parts. The grid gives clarity to the viewer, and helps to understand the material being represented. Some of the different types of graphic design grids include the manuscript grid, the column grid, and the modular grid. Because each grid can offer information I various manners, the designer of the grid has full control over size, weight, and placement of the grid in order to create a hierarchy of information. All of the options given when creating a grid can lead to enhanced clarity of the information provided.
Although I felt the first half of the reading did not flow well, I really enjoyed the second half of the reading, which explained how the grid operates, as well as some of the different types of grids. I learned how the grid was created over time and how the grid is used today. What I found to be most interesting in the reading is the flexibility a grid has. The reading describes the grid as a tool with certain rules and layouts. Although a grid is a tool and can have certain rules to its structure, it is important that the designer pushes the limits of the grid in order to create a better representation of the material conveyed on the grid.
Samara, T. Making and breaking the grid. http://hcc629.files.wordpress.com/2014/01/makingandbreakingthegrid.pdf