Limited Edition: Grids Are Good For the Soul Poster


A few months ago I wrote a short article on grids which I titled “Grids Are Good For the Soul”. I fell in love with the title and ended up designing this poster around it.

Grids Are Good For The Soul is screen printed by hand by Post Expose, which contains a quote by the legendary Josef Müller-Brockmann, is printed in sky blue on 80lb cream colored paper. This goes without saying, but it was also designed on a grid system.

– $25
– Edition of 20.
– 23×33 inches.
– Set in Helvetica.
– Numbered and signed


Head over to the AisleOne store and get yourself a copy of this limited edition print before they’re all gone. You can check out more photos on my Flickr page as well as photos of the posters being printed.



28 thoughts on “Limited Edition: Grids Are Good For the Soul Poster

  1. I have no idea what you guys are talking about. The kerning and letter-spacing looks good to me. Then again, maybe I’m just an amateur and I don’t know what I’m doing.

  2. Nilut, I never even noticed that error and I even proofed the design. It definitely seems like a typo but I’m not sure if it was me or already in the book from where I copied it from.

  3. There really is nothing wrong with the kerning, its a great poster. To say the kerning is ‘amateurish’ is laughable.

    Nice work

  4. “There really is nothing wrong with the kerning, its a great poster. To say the kerning is ‘amateurish’ is laughable.”

    Nah, I agree. The random kerning sticks out like a sore thumb. It doesn’t flow rhytmically, very tiring to read.

    You can see it better in the larger images on your website, but for example in the word “typographic” the T and y are all bunched together then you have the “p” sort of distant and the “o” as an entirely separate entity, meaning you have this weird rhytm of rushing in the ty- and then a serene slowing down in the “o” and again the g&r bunched together separate from the rest, another pause then the a.
    I don’t know, it’s just really all over the place, like someone didn’t know what they were doing and were just randomly kerning the letters here and there.

    I’m hoping it’s just the camera angle but calling this a great poster is just plain wrong on so many levels.

  5. I’m not sure if I should take your comments seriously. Random kerning? There’s nothing random about it and I think you are really over analyzing it. First off, if you space out the T and y more than it is, you’ll get a very obvious gap between the two characters. Those two letters together have to be bunched up to feel right. Also, I don’t see how you can accurately judge the kerning on a photo where the type is in perspective and there is barrel distortion on the image.

    I can take criticism very well but in this case I think you’re the one who doesn’t know what you’re doing. Sorry. I’d love to see perfect kerning from a master like yourself.

  6. “Random kerning”–that’s a new one.

    Antonio, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with the letterspacing. And as for the “Ty” being “bunched together”. Is that a joke? Since when is the cap T + lowercase y not spaced more tightly? Rather than list 500 milion examples, I suggest that the “bunched together” people take a look at this specimen pdf from Le Monde Livre. (note the “Ty” in the phrases “Some books on Type.). Mr Porchez does not do ‘bunching together’ ;).

    Nice poster.

  7. I’ll stay out of the kerning debate, but I will say I’m not a fan of the justified text setting on this website. Looks a bit amateurish, as through you’re trying to self consciously emphasise the grid system. Creates uneven word spacing and generally impacts legibility. I do love a bit of silkscreening though.

  8. Well George, I respect your opinion but I personally like justified text in the right situations. Word spacing can get ugly but I think the size of the type on this blog mostly avoids those ugly gaps. As for it being amateurish, it’s widely used in books, magazines and newspapers so I really don’t get your comment.

  9. That’s cool, I apologise for the tone of my first comment – came across a bit aggressive and wasn’t really called for, considering the ridiculous criticism you’ve already received! You’re right, it is totally a matter of personal taste, you’ve got you column width narrow enough to accommodate the justified text. Now to bring it back on topic, good work on the poster and I’m just annoyed it sold out too fast for me to buy!

  10. how can that typo go unnoticed when you were all looking at the kerning so carefully. Thats insane. And a good indication of what a lot of people think is important!

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