REVIEW: Layout Essentials Revised and Updated:100 Design Principles for Using Grids

I’ve spent more time reading books that I am genuinely interested in and I’m having such a great time.

Art, graphic design, advertising, marketing… aside from these being my profession, I enjoy learning about it. Which is why I hope to bring more of these to this little blog this year! Of course, there will be tons of variety since I get bored easily.

Today’s book is for the graphic designers, the content creators, the… whoever likes organisation-ers. It’s a book that came at the write time for me, and I can’t wait to practice it when I have the time.

Layout Essentials Revised and Updated:100 Design Principles for Using Grids
by Beth Tondreau

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A classic and essential text for designers since 2009, Layout Essentials: 100 Design Principles for Using Grids just got better with a fresh exploration of its design principles, updated text, and new photos and international graphics.

Grids are the basis for all design projects, and learning how to work with them is fundamental for all graphic designers. From working with multi-column formats to using type, color, images, and more, Layout Essentials not only demonstrates, using real world examples, how to use grids effectively, but shows you how to break the rules to use them effectively, too.

This revised and updated version of Layout Essentials is your one-stop reference and resource for all layout design projects.


Rating: 4 out of 5.

*A review copy of this book was given by Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

This was very enjoyable to read.

I remember my lecturers placing heavy importance on grids every time we worked on our design projects. It wasn’t something we were taught, so this book particularly stood out for its’ 100 principles in an area I clearly needed help in.

This book and its’ layout made reading so easy. It was clear, direct, and each principle was strengthened with an image that made it easier to understand how it is used in practice. It included inspirations from various materials such as catalogues, posters, instruction manuals, magazines, websites from the West and Asia, which I really appreciate.

This book also included layouts for more complicated materials like charts, tables and infographics, which I now have a newfound appreciation and respect for. I can’t wait to visit my local transportation hub to pick up the train maps and see the layout in action. This is something I’ll definitely be paying more attention to from now onwards.

Despite being a resource book, the personality of the author comes through in their descriptions for each project. It is always such a joy to read as it plays on the topic, and makes it more entertaining.

I can’t wait to put what I learnt in action.

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