How important is the role of GRID in the newspaper designing? Some newspapers follow strictly 6 or 8.or 12 col grid. On the other hand some don't have one. Setting the column according to the story.Read what experts Mario Garcia, Hans Peter Janisch, Lucie Lacava and Douglas Okasaki has to share in this regard
It's the frame:Mario Garcia
The grid is the frame, or skeleton, on which we hang the flesh, in our case, the stories. A grid is what determines a well organized newspaper versus one where chaos reigns. It is, in my view, the second step in the design process, after typographic selection.
It depends on the paper and the designer:Hans Peter Janisch
Grids are helpful but not for everybody
A grid really helps constructing a page quick and easy and it is especially helpful for a not-so-experienced designer. In this case is guides the design, it frames and builds a basic architecture. Of course, the pages created with a strong grid always seem more modular, more classic and of course a little more boring then the pages that do not use a grid. So it just depends on the paper. If you work for a regional or subscription newspaper, the grid seems to be right choice.
But for a street sale paper, with a variety of design ideas for different pages, the classic grid is more of an obstacle. In this case one should use a more flexible grid (10-12) or completly work without one.
I have worked both ways and always enjoyed the help of a grid design when working working in countries where newspaper design is just starting to pick up. And I witnessed many papers that started with a 6 column grid, went to 8 columns, and are now more magazine-style working on a 12-column-grid. So it all depends on the paper and the designers...
The absence of a grid brings chaos:Lucie Lacava
The grid of a newspaper is of outmost importance. It delivers a professional polished product to the reader. Wether it is standard or more complex, a grid brings order, structure and personality to a newspaper. It facilitates and accelerates the layout of pages. Some users may find it restricts their creativity. On the contrary, learning how to use the grid to its full potential is a liberating experience. The absence of a grid brings chaos. A newspaper without a grid is like a building with no foundation.
Its basic element:Douglas Okasaki
The grid is a very important basic element in the newspaper design structure. It’s give consistence in the design project and agility for page construction. Of course, in some special page you can be free of using the official newspaper grid but it will be always necessary to follow a structure and alignment between text, pictures and headline, its help in complex page with many elements.
8 columns grid is more common in Asia and 6 columns in western countries; both works well in the newspaper environment for each region and in this case the grid is also important for advertisement plan.
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