Grid are the layout in which contents are arranged in typeset as far as typography is concerned. Generally grids can be categorized into following 4 categories:
Let’s appreciate some of these grids and see real time usages and examples.
Manuscript grid can be thought of one column grid. These are the simplest of all the typographical grids available. They generally used when the content of the page is mostly text and has to be represented as text. It’s mostly observed in textbook and novels. They have header and a footer.
Two Column Grid
Two column grids can be thought of manuscript grid divided into two equal halves vertically. Reading sequence goes first column and then second column. Partitioning empty space between two columns is called vertical gutter. This sort of grid is most commonly seen in white papers & text books.
Three Column Grid
Two column grids can be thought of manuscript grid divided into three equal halves vertically. Reading sequence goes first, second and then to third column. Partitioning empty space between two columns is called vertical gutter. This sort of grid is most commonly seen in newspapers & magazines.
Hierarchical grid is most complex of all the grids. Text could be organised into vertical or horizontal grid and then sub grids. This type of grids can be majorly seen in modern and fashion magazines to make the content representable and graphically appealing. Let’s consider this traced example Grid of the picture us divided into two sub vertical column grid of text. Again this page uses the rule of 1/3 – 2/3.