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The grid system is an aid, not a guarantee. It permits a number of possible uses and each designer can look for a solution appropriate to his personal style. But one must learn how to use the grid; it is an art that requires practice.
– Josef Müller-Brockmann

1322px Grid

1322-grid Now that 1366 is quickly becoming the most popular screen width, a 1322px grid with 22px gutters is ideal because you can divide the space into 24, 20, 12, 10, 8, 6, 4 and 3 columns. This easily allows for the rule of thirds, and also leaves you with 22px margins on each side of the grid. Seems like we've finally hit the point where we can work in a nice big canvas. Would be great to have a responsive CSS framework built around this configuration. Anyone up for the challenge? Here's a quick PSD I created with the columns.
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Hans Gremmen

hans_gremmen Amsterdam based designer Hans Gremmen's work is clean, beautiful and extremely well designed. He's has an exceptional skill for composition and typography that make his designs shine. The poster pictured here is set in the lovely Franklin Gothic. Via ISO50        

Doane Paper Giveaway has Ended!

The giveaway has now ended and the winners have been contacted by email. Thanks to everyone for the great response and for participating. I definitely plan to do more of these so stay tuned for more free goodies! I want to thank again Chad of Doane Paper for supplying the notebooks and making this possible. Thanks!        

Introducing The Grid System

thegridsystem.jpg So as many of you already know, I'm freakin' obsessed with grids. A lot of designers either don't want to be bothered with grids or just don't understand them, so I wanted to spread the love a little. So I created The Grid System. It's basically an ever-growing resource site on the topic of grid systems and anything associated to it, like the golden ratio and baseline grids. My goal for the site is to be a one stop shop for all designers to learn about grid systems, how to design them and how to use them. The site features links to articles, tools, books as well as templates and other goodies. I've also added the ability to show the grid that the site was built on, this way visitors can learn about the structure and how it was applied to the design. Let me tell you, it was a pain to get everything to sit on the grid and baselines and to stay consistent across multiple browsers. As of now, the site lines up perfectly with the grid in Safari and Firefox on a Mac. I assume it would be the same on the PC but I haven't had the time or a computer to test it. I do plan on making it work in all major browsers on both platforms, even the dreadful IE. I've also partnered up with YouWorkForThem to bring a great collection of books to the site. Over time the site will grow in content (I have a backlog of articles and tools to post) as well as features. I plan to add a forum where people can chat about grid systems and design in general, and other small things like wallpapers. Additionally, I've created a Flickr group as an extension of the site. Check it out and let me know what you hate and what you love. I'd love to know what you think.        

Doane Paper Utility Notebook Giveaway

doane_notebook.jpg I'm proud to announce the very first AisleOne giveaway! This site has generated a great following and it's time for me to give back to you guys so in partnership with Doane Papers we're giving away 3 packs of 3 Utility Notebooks! What is Doane Papers and what are Utility Notebooks? Doane Papers is a company by Chad Doane that makes pads and notebooks featuring his patent pending Grid+Lines stationery design that combines the benefits of grid and ruled lines onto a single sheet of paper. The Utility Notebook makes use of Grid+Lines pattern in a small and portable notebook. How do I win? There are 3 easy ways to win:
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Intervista: Darren Firth

darren_firth1.jpg Darren Firth, the original founder of WIWP (Wearitwithpride) has managed the brand since its launch in 2003 and now works as an Art Director for the UK based studio Six. Over the years he has worked closely with brands such as Ben Sherman, Puma, Nike, Boxfresh, Land Securities, Portsmouth FC, Loake, Lee Cooper and Clarks Originals. Darren was kind enough to take some time out of his busy day to answer a few questions for AisleOne. How long have you been designing? Professionally around 9 / 10 years - Since I was 19 / 20 From school I did 2 years at Batley School of Art & Design (ND in Graphic Design), then 4 Years at Huddersfield University (Creative Imaging). I was lucky enough to jump straight into a Multimedia job straight after that. Who or what turned you on to graphic design? To be honest, I wasn't turned on by any Graphic Design. I started to draw things out of comics and magazines at a very early age; I was "turned on" by drawing and (recreating) attention to detail, a passion I took right through to High School. I wasn't interested in any of the other subjects at school to be honest, they all felt like a chore, so it was inevitable that I would continue a creative path through further education, whatever that may be. I was encouraged towards an ND in Graphic Design, so that’s what I did, not really knowing what to expect. It's quite unsettling to think what I would have done instead. I would have been pretty lost, however I feel that I had the necessary support in order to see it through and carve out my own opportunities from it. It was either that or be a fishmonger! Who or what are your influences? I don't really have any die hard graphic icons or heroes. I took a mixed path to where I am now, so I grab influence from different creative circles and other walks of life. As I've got older, I have grown to admire people for their personal attributes, rather than a narrowed focus towards the work they produce. I admire people with determination, dedication and a real passion for what they do, what ever that maybe; These people I respect and I feel motivated to do the same in my Career/Work. I know that sounds a bit flouncy, but working in a heavily materialistic industry, often makes me want to cling onto something a bit more substantial. The majority of my work is for the web, but I try and draw my influence from print work, with the aim to bring similar attributes and finishes to the screen. So I'm as likely to be influenced by a print sample, as I am by an element in the latest micro-site for Sony or Nike. darren_firth2.jpg What is your favorite typeface? I think it's unhealthy to have one to be honest. I go through phases of picking the same font as a starting point for every project, but I usually deviate away from it as the creative concepts progress. I'm working increasingly on more corporate work, with personal work taking a bit of a back seat, so I'm picking fonts that I think are right for the brand and not the current flavour of the month in Grafik and the like. But if you insist... Fonts I have used recently or want to use soon: - Variable - Cooper Light - Apex - Century Gothic - Didot - Hoefler (Family) - Brauer and, of course the unavoidable - Helvetica What is your favorite color palette to work with? A muted pastel shade with a fluorescent or special. Can you explain your creative process from brief to completion? Read brief—Drink tea—Research competitors—Drink tea—Decide on "Look & Feel"—Drink tea—Have office debate—Sing different lyrics to a perfectly good song (Spoil that song for everyone, forever)— Play frisbee—Browse some books on the shelf—Quietly put off all the technical requirements it might involve—Drink tea—Work on concepts—Swear—Work on concepts—Drink tea—Discuss ideas with the team—Upload for client approval—Drink tea—Pray to God the client likes it—Annoy everyone else in the office, in that waiting period. Finish Job—Go off it—Look at it in 3 months and think actually it wasn't that bad—Add to Portfolio. darren_firth4.jpg Do you use a grid system when designing and how do you feel about them? This will probably be my longest answer. I don't use a grid in the traditional sense. My creative education consisted of traditional methods of Illustration, Photography and Art History (Yes one was a GD course, don’t ask!). My style thrived on chaos, distortion and irregularity, a cut and paste style that was influenced by people like David Carson and in some ways elements of Neville Brody's early work. I didn't know what a grid was, I wasn't on the right course to be taught about print and all the rules and regulations that came with it (Kerning, Leading, Tracking, X-Height, eh, what? ); and to be honest I probably wouldn't have taken that well to it, it wasn't what I was passionate about at the time; Naively, I just wanted to create pretty pictures—A 6 year path that wasn't your traditional route into Multimedia. Over time I learnt the basics and settled into my own method of working, developing my own definition of working with a grid. It's not a grid in terms of Ratios and Fixed Column widths — in its simplest form, it's "lining things up" from a given start point or area, which is then adopted through the whole site; A chosen key element within a site structure that then determines the first column Width or Height. This could be seen as a crude and an unprofessional way of working, but there is a science to it and the most important thing is that "It works for me". I never start with a fixed grid, personally I find it extremely restrictive (Most would oppose this obviously, grids are there to help). Every site starts differently, some with a font, some with a colour, some with a particular client requirement in mind; From there each site will grow organically, slowly forming its own individual grid system for me to adopt and follow through the rest of the visuals. Sometimes it takes hours, sometimes it takes days. Once it’s in place though, I'm pretty disciplined in sticking to it. darren_firth3.jpg The example shows some of the preliminary steps I took in forming the grid for The Red Lines are the first and most important lines, which form the initial column widths. The Green Lines are the start of the rest of the Grid. The top banner was the primary dictator of the overall 2/3 column width area; The image then dictated the width of column 2, thus also column 3, whilst setting the height for the left menu and right feature box areas. The web has its own "Championed" ratio and column width standards; As with everyone else in my field, I've read the various books and articles preaching about them. To be honest I've never been able to relate to most of it. I think like a Designer, not like a traditional Web Developer. Navigation and Usability are key, however it doesn't mean that every site has to look the same. Brands want differentiation, not uniformity...and to be honest so do I. My job would be very dull otherwise. Over the years I've worked around these regulations, bending the rules to create bespoke brand sites that still deliver essential usability but are tailored to a given audience rather than a generic internet user and age catchall. Obviously there have been mistakes along the way, but things need to be tried out in the pursuit to stand out in an extremely saturated market, the majority I feel have been a success however. Do I use a Grid...erm Yes and No. Who do you feel is currently doing innovative work? That's a tricky one, as I feel that a majority of the people who's work I admire aren't necessarily, hugely innovative (How I class innovative anyway), they just do very good and consistently solid work. ( I won’t mention any names, in fear of mass misinterpretation and getting my bits cut off. In terms of pushing the boundaries Design / Illustrative wise, I'm constantly amazed by the likes of Harmen Liemburg, Non-Format, MM Paris, Antoine+Manuel, Grandpeople, Fons Schiedon, Mi-zo and Kam Tang. In terms of Art, I'm a big fan of Kinsey, Paul Insect, Kate Gibb and Hellovon. darren_firth5.jpg What are you currently working on? "Now Showing", Barcelona" promo and press—WIWP Updates—2 Ecommerce sites, one for a traditional mens shoe brand, the other for a new global cosmetics brand—Identity and Packaging for the same cosmetics brand with the rest of team SIX—Planning for 2 Illustrator’s portfolio sites—Continued work for Groove Effect—Various amends—Various bits of Flash—Thinking about my own site—Trying to NOT think about another WIWP exhibition—Assisting in other peoples exhibitions. darren_firth6.jpg What is your favorite album? Fairly Recent: TV on the Radio—Return to Cookie Mountain The Black Keys—Attack & Release Cold War Kids—Up In Rags Burial—Untrue Classics (Mostly, Obvious): The Prodigy—Music for the Jilted Generation Massive Attack—Blue Lines Pink Floyd—The Dark Side of the Moon The Smiths—Strangeways Here We Come What is your favorite movie? That's the easiest yet. "Predator". Perhaps nostalgia helped put it there. Intervista is a series of interviews conducted for AisleOne with some of todays top talents in graphic design.        

Intervista: Peter Crnokrak

Born in Croatia, educated in Montréal, working in London. Peter Crnokrak is renowned graphic designer who's worked has been featured in publications such as Grafik, IdN and Creative Review. He recently droped the ± (Plus MInus) moniker and found The Luxury of Protest. Peter took a moment to answer a few questions for AisleOne. How long have you been designing? I graduated form art college in Montréal a bit over three years ago – was in school for two, so in total about five years. Who or what turned you on to graphic design? Probably my parents of all people – even though they thoroughly discouraged me from entering the arts, they instilled in me a hardcore work ethic and curiosity for life – both of which have been more pivotal to my design practise than any other personality characteristics. Who or what are your influences? More varied than I care to name, but here's a go: love, black/white, politics, talent, sleeping pills, restrictions, These New Puritans, loss and failure, Littl'ans, computational origami & EE, passion, Lundun's slate gray skies, William Blake, how moving your mouse helps speed up computer functions, Byron, graphite sheen, Foals, how sadness can be joyful... peter_crnokrak1.jpg What is your favorite typeface? At the moment Akkurat – but I only use the bold weight – no less than 13 pt for body text - for me it's the only true sans-serif successor to Helvetica. What is your favorite color palette to work with? Black to white, and Victorian Rose. Can you explain your creative process from brief to completion? Boredom – Motivation – Idea – Thinking – Questioning – Doubting – Self-Loathing – Momentary Elation – Emptiness – Iteration – Trying Too Hard – Iteration – Flow – Flow – Fortuitous Circumstance – Denial – Determination – Capitulation – A Momentary Sense of Satisfaction. peter_crnokrak4.jpg Do you use a grid system when designing and how do you feel about them? Grids are great – particularly when you design all elements to fit into them and then make countless optical adjustments off the grid. Who do you feel is currently doing innovative work? Anyone who is truly passionate about their path in life. More specifically: Scott King - always and forever, Hedi Slimane, Robert Lang, Jen Stark, Raf Simons, Ben Fry, Jan van Munster, These New Puritans, Robert Fisk, Grand People, Patrick Cockburn, Pixelgarten and Matt Pyke. peter_crnokrak5.jpg What are you currently working on? Trying not to get bored with myself by creating the same old shit using the same old processes – am moving in new circles and pushing myself into uncomfortable boxes – am meeting new creatives and loving their take on life – am preparing myself for lateral directions and to shed my skin again – giving up on old ways and exploring new avenues. Specifically? – computational origami. I found a like-minded soul to collaborate with who is stunningly-talented and thinks as much as I do. Also just re-printed A_B_ peace & terror etc. – this version comes printed on GFSmith plasma polycoat glass clear - a 350 micron plastic that really brings out the subtle pearlescence in the graphite and white - it also nearly disappears when mounted on a such that the graph looks like it's floating. peter_crnokrak2.jpg What is your favorite color? It's a toss up between Pearl White and Dirty Pink – or how about both : reminds me of the Queen, or queens. What is your favorite album? Newish : These New Puritans : Beat Pyramid Littl'ans : Primitive World Foals : Antidotes Oldish : Joy Division : Closer The Libertines : Up the Bracket Death in June : But What Ends When the Symbols Shatter? The Smiths : The Queen Is Dead What is your favorite movie? if... Masculin/Féminin Wings of Desire / Far Away So Close Intervista is a series of interviews conducted for AisleOne with some of todays top talents in graphic design.        
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Judge A Book

judgeabook.jpg The postings on this blog are very sporadic, but the content is damn good.        

BBC Design Guidelines

bbc.jpg Here's an excellent find. A PDF file on named Visual Language 1.0 covering the widening of the site pages. Included are a lot of grid examples which makes it a great read.        

Vormgevers Poster Details

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