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Abstract Pic of the Wordl Wide Web

“… people in the newspaper industry saw the web as a newspaper. People in TV saw the web as TV, and people in book publishing saw it as a weird kind of potential book. But the web is not just some kind of magic all-absorbing meta-medium. It’s its own thing.”

Paul Ford

The Grid System for Design and Layout

Problem

The user needs to be able to scan, read and understand a page quickly

Solution

Use a grid system for the placement and alignment of all visual objects on the web page.

 
 

Image from : thegridsystem.org a comprehensive Grid system resource

 

Use when

You are designing a conventional website that needs to follow the normal visual design standards. This pattern does not necessary apply to artistic web sites where the goal is to display an explicit non-standard style. The human eye ‘sees’ a web page a certain way, roughly from the top left to the bottom right, and the eye can be guided to see elements in a pleasing and distinctive way.

Grid Used on Audio Auto Ad

Image from www.audi.nl

 

How

A grid is a technique that comes from print design but easily be applied to web design as well. In its strictest form a grid is literally a grid of X by Y pixels. The elements on the page are then placed on the cell border lines and overall aligned on horizontal and vertical lines.

A grid is a consistent system for placing objects. It works on two levels:

  1. At the unit level of cells (e.g. 20×20 pixels) See for example the Audi example above where a strict underlying grid is used for all elements on the page. In print design such grids are called ‘modular’ grids
  2. At the column level (e.g. 4 columns) See for example the Abn-amro example below where a grid is used for defining the overall layout in terms of columns and margins. In print design such grids are called ‘column’ grids

In literature for print design, there are many variations of grids described but most are based on modular and column grids. Often you’ll encounter a mix of both types of grids.

A grid is an aid for the designer, not a goal by itself. It is therefor ok when some elements are deliberately NOT placed on a grid to create a certain effect. The grid simply creates some rhythm and guidance for the eye.

Why

The grid creates a systematic and consistent rule for placing objects. It creates a visual rhythm. It makes it easier and more pleasant for the eye to scan the objects on the page. Page designs that do not use a grid often tend to look ‘messy’ or ‘unprofessional’.

More Examples

 

 

In this example (above) from the Abn-Amro shop you can see a different type of grid being used. Not a strict modular grid, but a grid defining some columns, margins and horizontal evenly spaced guides.

Literature

From more information on different types of grid systems and when to break the grid system, see the book ” Making and Breaking the Grid” by Timothy Samara.

Source: http://www.welie.com/patterns/showPattern.php?patternID=grid-based-layout

http://indesignsecrets.com/modified-script-adds-captions-from-clipboard-to-images.php

Some of you may have experienced the LabelGraphics script that ships with InDesign. It’s a very cool script written by Olav Martin Kvern that lets you quickly create captions for all the images in your document. The captions can be based on each file’s name, file path, XMP description, or XMP author. (XMP is the metadata that you can store in images with Bridge or Photoshop.)

The LabelGraphics Scripts that ships with InDesign

But as much as I like the metadata workflow, that’s not where most image captions live. Usually, someone has typed an image caption into an email, or a Word document, or some other place. How to get those captions in the right place? Fortunately, the scripts that come with InDesign are meant to be used as examples — starting points for modifications — and Steve Wareham (who you may recall wrote the great swatch-switcher script) rose to the challenge.

His new script, LabelGraphics_mod.jsx, adds a couple very useful features beyond automatically making a label text frame (and putting that text frame on a new layer named “labels”):

  • An option to paste the current clipboard contents into the label frame (yay!)
  • Automatically expanding the height of the clipboard to fit the caption
  • It will work on one or more selected images, or (if no items are selected) it offers the option to create labels for all the images throughout a document
  • You can change the fill color of the text frame it creates

Here’s a look at its new dialog box:

The modified LabelGraphics_mod.jsx script lets you paste from the clipboard.

This is a great improvement, and a great hail of thanks goes out to Steve for his work. You can download the script by clicking on this link

from:
http://indesignsecrets.com/modified-script-adds-captions-from-clipboard-to-images.php

Printing Industry News for Canada
23 April 2010
Print show panelists call for “sexing up” the print industry

PHILADELPHIA—One of the answers to the “war on print” is to make print sexier, urged panelists at the On Demand show in Philadelphia that wrapped up yesterday.

“Talking about print just doesn’t excite people,” said panelist Jeffrey Hayzlett, chief marketing officer for Eastman Kodak Company, speaking at a presentation entitled “The War on Print and How to Survive It” attended by PrintCan.com on Wednesday. Hazylett compared this to the fascination around electronic devices and videos games.

But print can integrate with the electronic world through innovations such as QR codes that can be scanned by camera-equipped cellphones. “That makes print come alive. Let’s sex it up a little bit.”

Panel moderator Charlie Corr, VP of corporate strategy for web-to-print firm Mimeo.com, said the printing industry has had “a good 500-year run” and now needs to catch up with marketing-focused industries. “I don’t think we’ve done a good enough job.”

His words were echoed by panelist Ben Cooper, executive director of the Print Council, a U.S.-based industry organization that promotes the value of print to media buyers. He expressed frustration with the level of industry support for marketing initiatives. “I’ll be blunt. The industry doesn’t put up enough money to do marketing.” He compared the $80 million spent on marketing by the milk industry in the U.S. to the $500,000 “at most” that the industry contributes to the Print Council.

He suggested the industry consider a levy on every single printed piece — similar to the way milk and cheese boards raise money through production — to generate funds for industry marketing. “Maybe we need to start another revolution here in Philadelphia,” he joked.

The panelists highlighted prints’ many advantages, including impact, permanence and authority. Hayzlett noted that online shoppers are twice as likely to buy if they are also using a printed catalogue. The U.S. Direct Marketing Association has calculated that every $167 spent on direct-mail campaigns generates $2,100 in spending.

Corr noted the trust and authority placed in printed documents, such as doctor’s diplomas. “When [your children] are going for their diploma, ask them whether they’d like to receive a tweet saying ‘congratulations’ instead,” he quipped.

The On Demand show focuses on digital printing and attracts 10,000 attendees. Next year’s event will be held in Washington D.C.

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