Friday, 25 February 2011

Grid Systems in Graphic Design Josef Muller-Brockmann

Grid Systems in Graphic Design/Raster Systeme Fur Die Visuele Gestaltung. Josef Muller-Brockmann "In 1958 he became a founding editor of New Graphic Design along with R.P. Lohse, C. Vivarelli, and H. Neuburg. In 1966 he was appointed European design consultant to IBM. Müller-Brockman was author of the 1961 publications The Graphic Artist and his Design Problems, Grid Systems in Graphic Design where he advocates use of the grid for page structure, and the 1971 publications History of the Poster and A History of Visual Communication."
some reviews of the book.
Brockmann have introduced the systematic use of grids in design, his work is very concise and it should be read and took seriously by any designer. But reading just Brockmann is not enough today, there are other fundamental authors that contributed for the development of the grid system and the adaptation to the new printing methods, even the display in digital media. A good theory can't stop in time. I do recommend the Authors: Veruschka Götz, Kimberly Elam and Timothy Samara. They all are representative designers that are helping to bring Brockmann System to a reality closer to us.
Josef Müller-Brockmann was a master of grids, and presents his insightful information in a very concise, efficient manner. Second, this book is full of lots of examples, and covers a wide variety of areas relating to grids, such as how to construct a grid, using a grid in corporate identity work, using grids in the third dimension, and the use of grid-like proportions in classic paintings and architecture. He even touches on secondary issues related to grids, such as typefaces, margins, and leading. (however) - the book is very outdated. The examples mostly look like they are from the 1970s. Also, Müller-Brockmann several times talks about photo typesetting, a technology that is long forgotten in graphic design today. Although this is an important book in the development of grid systems in graphic design, there have been many developments in the last thirty years in design - this book is in both English and German, which means that there is only about half as much content as you might expect after quickly glancing through the pages of this book. However, this is a small complaint, since Müller-Brockmann is very good at giving lots of information in very little words.

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