Design 3

Visual Organization + Communication Design

Complex Grid

Here is an excellent article about creating a complex grid in InDesign based on the work of Karl Gerstner.

Complex Grid A4

InDesign A4 Complex Grid System Adobe InDe­sign file with a grid sys­tem based on Karl Gerstner’s work for Cap­i­tal Mag­a­zine. The grid fea­tures a 4, 6 or 12 col­umn and a 4 or 6 row setup. Read more about the con­struc­tion of this grid. Down­load File

Karl Gerstner designed this grid for his work on the CAPITAL magazine. This is actually a six-column grid with a four-column grid superimposed. Karl suggests that this grid requires considerable study, and a designer would have to spend a great deal of time working with it before he could make free use of it in a creative sense.
In Gerstner’s grid, he accomplished a system that allowed for 6, 4, 3 and 2 columns with an added option of the unusual 5 column layout. In order to achieve this the number of division in one layout there must be 59 lines, which I find too restraining. In that sense I’ve left the five columns outside the construction of the grid that I’m going to explain.

I believe that the effort that goes into making such a grid is really worth it. I hope that you will share this opinion by the end of this article.

So, what we want to achieve is a layout that is divided in 2, 3, 4 and 6 columns and has the same horizontal divisions. You can either make these divisions for the page of your layout or for the type area. The gutter of the different columns is going to be exactly the same as the leading. The document grid is also going to fit in every division of the layout.

Example of a calendar created using the complex grid system as a starting point.

In the real world, often you can’t choose the size of the page your document is going to use, so I’ll show you the entire math that you must do to build a Complex Grid on a page that is given to you. more

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This entry was posted on November 10, 2011 by in Designer, Grid, InDesign.

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