This is an overview of the book “Making and Breaking the Grid” by Timothy Somara. A copy may be found here.
The main aim of this book was to give an extensive and in depth look into grid based design. ” For designers working in every medium, layout is arguably the most basic, and the most important, element. Effective layout is essential to communication and enables the end user to not only be drawn in with an innovative design but to digest information easily.…..Making and Breaking the Grid is a comprehensive layout design workshop that assumes that in order to effectively break the rules of grid-based design, one must first understand those rules and see them applied to real-world projects.”
This book provides an informative and extremely detailed instruction then follows with real world examples. This makes the book both a good learning source and reference.
Although this book was filled with useful and informative information, I thought that it was difficult to read as it took quite long to get to its main point and went on unnecessary tangents. However, if one is able to overlook these diversions and retrieve the valuable nuggets that this books provides, then it will be well worth the read. ( I suggest skipping to page 10 where they start talking about grid basics, then going back to learn about the history once you have gotten an understanding)