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VERY RARE illustrated hardcover book, sorry no dust-jacket. "Grid Systems in Graphic Design - Raster Systeme für die Visuelle Gestaltung" By Josef Müller-Brockmann. English version by D. Q. Stephenson. English and German text. This is the 5th Edition, published by Verlag Niggli AG, 2007. Full title: "Grid Systems in Graphic Design. A Visual Communication Manual for Graphic ...more
Hardcover, German and English edition, 176 pages
Published January 1st 1996 by Ingram
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Feb 10, 2011 rated it liked it
Oddly, this isn't the page-turner I expected. Thus far it's functioning more as an unintentionally hilarious Objet d′art. I tried to like this. I know it's important, every designer should read it, etc. That said, I found it outdated and less than captivating. A landmark publication when it came out, I hoped it would help out my sense of composition and add clarity to everything I create. No such luck for me. I may try out The Elements of Typographic Style by Robert Bringhurst and leave Müller-B ...more
Mar 15, 2009 rated it really liked it
This was definitely written by a German in the 60s. Very...structured. Some very useful ideas, especially for people just getting into design. Rules are good. I just wish the latest edition of the book, published in 2007, would have included some less dated examples. I'm sure I'll be able to find some current examples of the grid system on the Internet.
Aug 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: art-design
Grid Systems in Graphic Design is a timeless classic that belongs on every designer and designer wannabee's bookshelf.

Ripe with visual examples, the book doesn't only provide you with a practical framework for design and layout for anything you might be working on (web, print, application development...), it goes the extra mile to explain in the perfect amount of detail why things affect their audience in particular ways, or why you should do things one way or another.

This book dissolves a lot
Jun 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is THE classic designers book on grid systems. I have a handful of grid-related books, and this one stands out and the most thorough and theoretical. Muller-Brockmann's explanations for why to make the decisions & thoughtful structure that he recommends is rare wisdom that I didn't get in my design education.

The book is dated in a wonderful way – very Midcentury Swiss. He starts off simple and then gets more and more complicated as the book progresses. I feel like his design isn't directly
Jun 22, 2007 rated it really liked it
I would like to give this book a 3.5, actually, not quite a 4. I think it's really good, packed full of information, and actually pretty interesting to read, as long as you do it a little bit at a time. I do think though that it's a little over the top in insisting the grid is the only way to go, and a bit... insulting to those that choose not to use grids all the time. you sort of have to look past some of the very strong "grids are the best thing ever" statements and absorb the information.
Ozan Tortop
Jun 17, 2017 rated it liked it
Might be a revolutionary grid book of its era, but not a current one. We moved on from Letraset and photo-typesetting after this book has published. Still good reading though, as long as you are aware of it’s more a history book than design. (And as long as you don't hundreds of orphans and widows in a design book.)
Emanuel Serbanoiu
Mar 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was a great read. The way it is written, as a designer reading it, touched every sensibility. Really well structured and the words were chosed really carefull, which showed how much passion was poured into it.
Feb 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: design
A must read book for graphic designers
Hiran Venugopalan
Aug 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Keep reading this book every year. I would say ;)
Mar 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Overall, very approachable, but could use an update so the writing is more inclusive (all designers are assumed to be “he” by default) and the examples when they get into examples of systems in the world feels a little racked on. Would have made more sense in the beginning. Also the exhibition and architecture examples were weak from a human factors standpoint. I was hoping it would be the Elements of Typographic style approach to the grid, and this, while still useful, fell short of that by som ...more
Jul 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
this is the essential, original book on grid systems from the master swiss designer josef müller-brockmann. all design students should buy this book if you want to learn about how to organize content and type in a beautifully visual and modern way.
Apr 11, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Graphic designers
Shelves: design
Read it in college and again in 2006-2007. Required reading for graphic designers.
Michael Scott
Jun 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: compsci-tech, design
TODO full review:
+ Excellent guide for graphic design practitioners, focusing on structure for the page (the 2d plane).
+++ Clear, concise, full of technical detail and with a proper investigation of the structured dedign space. How many words per legible line? A long-lasting constant, of around 10. Noted.
+++ Many excellent examples and analysis of practical use.
+ Good incursion into the design of structured 3d spaces, complete with a full-room and a full-expo example.
-/+ Many of the lofty desi
May 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
There are a few hard and fast rules he outlines that I was able to apply to my work the next day around typography and text legibility, so I really liked that. I design for web, and I think there are some useful concepts here around heirarchy of information, obviously layout, how to use illustrations / pictures, etc.

I do think it's not 100% relevant to web design. There are a lot of things here teaching the reader about DIN sizes, and a lot of references to how to send things off to your printe
Taavet Kutsar
Aug 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
I had long awaited to get my hands on this book – a piece considered classic in graphic layout design. It was pretty much what I expected it to be: more like a handbook and less of a page-turner. Sure, bits of it are outdated as it is written considering the popular mediums of its time, so mainly print. I also cringed a bit when, for example, reading the praise about Le Corbusier's work – a lot of his ideas appear a lot less successful nowadays than they did back then. But, the book was written ...more
Apr 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: design
I had rather mixed feelings about this book. On the one hand, it's an appreciated design classic and the book design itself is an art piece because of its perfect structure and unique bilingual combination. But on the other hand, its first part contains too much common and well-known typography theory, while its a second part was quite hard to read because it contains plenty of grid system examples and the author's endless comments about them. I personally didn't find these comments very informa ...more
Jon Nguyen
Jul 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Yes, this is a practical book that describes the many considerations when designing with a grid. It's surprising how relevant it still is, given that it was written almost 40 years ago. But what I think makes it a classic is the solemn, principled voice in which it's written. You get a sense of the way the guy thinks, and that way of thinking will always be necessary: the importance of system, the importance of detail, and the interplay between structure and skill.
Omar J
Oct 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
An intro on scientific articulation and application of grids in any layout. With consice and pragmatic writing style, Joseph Brockmann teaches a disciplined and systematic application of grids. His perspective is heavily influenced by the Swiss design philosophy.
Miguel Soares
Oct 21, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-design
Poor translation and user-experience (Portuguese version), somewhat outdated concepts that are poorly applied in this edition.
Overly expensive and poor reading experience due to the double translation.
Thomas Zhang
Apr 20, 2019 rated it it was ok
Oriented towards print, but ideas applicable to design in general. Concise explanations and good illustrations. Funny enough, the print on this book is uncomfortably tiny. Overall, a useful technical read.
Dec 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
First 40 pages have great foundational advice for the way a designer could/should think about structure and organization of content. The rest of the book has solid examples to get your mind working. More reference than anything. Glad to have it on the shelf.
Nov 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A must-have book for graphic designers!!
Tobias Asplund
Apr 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
I will probably never finish reading this over and over. It's one of the greatest resources for graphic designers out there.
Jan 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Excelent book for an in-depth understanding of how a grid system can improve not only your work in graphic design, but also your thinking!
Alex Khlopenko
Aug 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Essential reading for a beginning publisher and print publication layout designer. I'll return to the back more than once.
Oct 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: design, editorial, owned
My first book on grids. An excellent primer for the newbie. A fantastic resource on typography too.
Mar 09, 2020 rated it liked it
Very pretty to look at. Very overly academic in its language.
Jul 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Timeless classic. Teaches you the fundamentals of grid systems in visual design by the modernist master himself
Sep 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: design
An excellent introduction to grid systems. Written in very accessible language with lots of helpful diagrams and examples. A must-read for new designers.
Jan 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Whoaaaaa, this book is off the chizain.

The first half of the book lays down some very simple ground rules for grids that anyone can immediately understand and benefit from. Unlike a lot of text books, it does an excruciatingly excellent job of explaining its lessons and reasoning. It's concise and extremely informative. The second half of the book gets into more complex grid systems and ways of seeing them.

The book provides lots of great explanations, and the book itself is laid out beautifully
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