then, having admitted, fill with discovery.
The secret of a grid's success is not so much its structure as the imagination
with which it is used.
A design should have some tension and some expression in itself. I like to compare
it with the lines on a football field. It is a strict grid.
In this grid you play a game and these can be nice games or very boring games.
The power of the grid is to lift the designer outside of the protective capriciousness
of the "self" by providing an existing set of possibilities, a set
Grids do not exist in a vacuum. They exist in relation to the content.
We never start with a grid. We start with an idea which is then translated into
a form, a structure.
LINDA VAN DEURSEN
Beauty will result from the form and the correspondence of the whole, with respect
to the several parts, of the parts with regard to each other, and of these again
to the whole; that the structure may appear
an entire and complete body, wherein each member agrees with the other, and all
necessary to compose what you intend to form.
I'm actually an untidy person. I'm not ordered at all. In some senses
I have to use grids to bring some order to the chaos that's whirring around in
To say a grid is limiting is to say that language is limiting, or typography
is limiting. It is up to us to use these media critically
The grid system is an aid, not a guarantee. It permits a number of possible uses
and each designer can look for a solution appropiate to his personal style. But
one must learn how to use the grid; it is an
art that requires practice.
I still reserve the right, at any time, to doubt the solutions
furnished by the Modular, keeping intact my freedom, which must
depend on my feelings rather than my reason.
The grid, like any other instrument in the design process, is not an absolute.
It should be used with flexibility, and when necessary it should be modified
or abandoned completely for a more workable solution.
The use of the grid implies
the will to systematize, to clarify
the will to penetrate to the essentials, to concentrate
the will to cultivate objectivity instead of subjectivity
the will to rationalize the creative and technical production processes
the will to integrate elements of colour, form and material
the will to achieve architectural dominion over surface and space
the will to adopt a positive, forward-thinking attitude
the recognition of the importance of education and the effect of work devised
in a constructive and creative spirit.
There are various reasons for using the grid as an aid in the organization of
text and illustration. Economic reasons: a problem can be solved in less time
and at lower cost. Rational reasons: both simple and complex problems can be
solved in a uniform and characteristic style. Mental attitude: the systematic
presentation of facts, of sequences of events, and of solutions to problems should,
for social and educational reasons, be a constructive contribution to the cultural
state of society and an expression of our sense of responsibility.
Order is the actual key of life.
Where there is no order, there is chaos.
FRA LUCA PACIOLI
Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing left to add, but when there
is nothing left to take away.
ANTOINE DE ST.EXUPERY