Using The Grid System

“A grid breaks space or time into regular units. A grid can be simple or complex, specific or generic, tightly defined or loosely interpreted. Typographic grids are all about control. They establish a system for arranging content within the space of page, screen or built environment.”

– Ellen Lupton, Thinking With Type

This PBS infographic utilizes the grid system to organize a ton of data into one tidy composition.  The cohesive color palette helps as well.  (Also note the use of icons, pie graphs, and a map!)

This one spells it out for you.  It’s helpful to see the grid structure that’s been incorporated into the design.

Here are additional examples of the grid system at work:

Need a refresher on using grids to aid the design process?  You can read more here:


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Visual Organization and Information Design

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