For previous design, it is easy to confirm the layout but difficult to deal with details, I was often not sure for column width, center of layout, page margins, font size, kerning and line spacing. Why should we set this length? Is there any relationship between them? Finally, all the things are being done with personal feeling. Therefore, I went to research the flow of formal layout carefully and tried to search the internal links between all the elements of the layout, now I succeed after one week.

Learned from three books(The Complete Manual of Typography / Typographic Grid / Books design), I have found a set of fine tuning method of layout which can convince myself. These seven big posters systematically recorded the layout design system which indicated the internal relationship between elements. What’s important, the size and space of all the columns, paragraphs and character become rational. Proportional relationship is existed between them.

The first three posters introduced the method to confirm the center of layout, and clarify the relationship between the center of layout and page. The forth and fifth posters explained how to decide the layout grid according to the layout center and page and further confirm the column width and spacing.

The sixth poster instructed the scale, distance, line width and spacing between the fonts in different layout hierarchical.

The last one introduced how to unit all details comprehensively to confirm the final construction of overall and detailed layout. As I have simplified the content, the rest are important relational tables, their logical relations maybe a little incoherent, but I know how to use it definitely.

This is a practical design, so the manifestation is mainly focused on accuracy. Geometric dimensions are required accordingly, so the size of each poster is different, such as, the column width is equal to the size of actual print, while the font size and word spacing is small. In this case, the practical layout problems can be solved. Additionally, special matte old printing paper was used for output, which can make it distinct visibly from the white paper. An elegant layout must base on the above knowledge and data, and there is a complete set of data logic behind each information hierarchical system.


通过三本书(The Complete Manual of Typography / Typographic Grid / Books design)的结合式学习研究终于找到一套能说服自己的板式微调方法。这七张大海报很系统的记录了元素之间具有内在关系的板式设计体系。这几张所解决的问题是可以让版面上所有出现的栏、段落、字符的大小间距都有理可依。而且他们之间是存在着内在的比例关系。




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