MonthFebruary 2005

Some notes on Grid Systems in Graphic Design

A few notes from Josef Muller-Brockmann’s Grid Systems in Graphic Design

  • Grid divides 2D space into smaller fields. Fields may be the same or different in size.
  • Vertical distance between fields: at least 1 line of text.
  • Horizontal distance between fields depends on size of type and illustrations used.
  • The smallest illustration corresponds to the smallest grid field (???)
  • All illustrations, photos, stats, etc. have the size of 1, 2, 3, or 4 grid fields.
  • The fewer the differences in size of the illustrations, the quieter the impressed created by the design.
  • Standard typefaces listed in the book: Garamond, Caslon, Bakersville, Bedoni, Clarendon, Berthhold, Times, Helvetica, Univers.
  • Columns should be 10 words wide.
  • Margins of the same size never result in interesting design.
  • Basic priniciples from Japanese Design Solutions for Compact Living

    Basic principles from Michael Freeman’s Space : Japanese Design Solutions for Compact Living:

    1. Enjoy – somethings should be small (ie tea ceremony rooms)

    2. Maximize – partition, compartmentalize. Multiple levels. Temporal partitions.

    3. Compress

    4. Open – remove partitions.

    5. Conceal – multifuntional design elements.

    Probably useful strategies for designing anything compact

    Reza Negarestani explains Ad’ieh

    While poking around the Hyperstition archives looking for something else, I’ve found Reza explaining an Islamic Middle Eastern hypersigil technique (which also happens to be the inspiration for the Japanese novel and film Ringu).

    Update: I haven’t found any other reference to this technique… Did Reza make this up? Anyway, could be an effective for anyone willing to mess with such a potentially damaging technique.


    Update: Reza provides more info here.

    Taekwondo & the Martial Arts: Mere Exercise or Trojan Horse??

    In conclusion, my research and personal experience has led me to the conviction that Taekwondo and the Martial Arts are not merely physical exercise, but in fact are Zen Buddhist meditational practices, both in their sitting and moving forms. Taekwondo and MA are a Trojan Horse in the House of the Lord, eroding the spiritual barriers between Zen Buddhism and the Christian Gospel, and potentially leading vulnerable children and teens into the early stages of eastern occultism. As a result of this research, our Christian School Board decided to no longer offer Taekwondo or other Martial Arts. The good news about religious syncretism is that it is never too late to repent and start afresh, serving one Master and one Master alone, Jesus Christ our Lord (Matthew 6:24)

    Link (thanks Brenden).

    I dream of bloggers

    The other night I dreamed that I was in Cleveland hanging out with Aaron and Abe (but, oddly enough, not Sauceruney) Then I was going to Kansas City, where I hoped to meet Mac and someone else but I can’t remember who (it wasn’t Wes, that would make too much sense). Then I was going to, of all places, Rapid City, SD where I planned to meet Metachor and Janus… who don’t live anywhere near there (I don’t think…).

    The reason for the whole trip? I was doing location research for a murder mystery I planned to write.

    Tech N9ne

    Just bought tickets to see Tech N9ne in Ft. Collins.

    You can download a track here, but it’s not one of my favorites. Better to check out the video section of his web site. The videos aren’t all that great, but those are some of his better tracks.

    Dear God, help me

    I can’t stop listening to reggae. Anyone who knows me knows this means there’s very clearly something the matter with me.

    I want somebody to take me to the hospital.

    This is all Richard Metzger’s fault. They don’t call him “wicked warlock” for nothing, I guess.

    Writers Alan Moore likes

    From the recent the Craft interview with Alan Moore, here are a bunch of authors Moore thinks don’t get the respect they deserve:

    Raymond Chandler
    Clark Ashton Smith
    Arthur Knacken Arthur Machen
    Michael Moorcock
    Jack Trevor Story
    Gerald Kersh
    David Lindsay (A Voyage to Arcturus)
    William Hope Hodgson (House on the Borderland, The Night Land)

    Alan Moore on writing and magick

    New Alan Moore interview:

    AM: I’ll give a brief recap in case we feel we missed anything. Magic and language are practically the same thing, they would at least have been regarded as such in our distant past. I think it is wisest and safest to treat them as if they are the same thing. This stuff that you are dealing with – words, language, writing – this is dangerous, it is magical, treat it as if it was radioactive. Don’t doubt that for a moment. As far as I know, the last figures I heard quoted, nine out of every ten writers will have mental problems at some point during their life. Sixty percent of that ninety percent – which I think works out at roughly fifty percent of all writers – will have their lives altered and affected – seriously affected – by those mental problems. I think what that translates to is – nine out of ten crack up, five out of ten go mad. It’s like, miners get black lung, writers go bonkers. This is a real occupational hazard. There’s plenty of ways to go bonkers, some of them a lot quieter, some more insidious than others – drink, heroin, there’s lots of other sorts of things – but this is dangerous – we’re dealing with the unreal. You’re dealing right on the borderline of fact and fiction, which is where our entire world happens. We’re living in a world of fact and we’ve got out heads full of fiction, the characters that we’ve invented for ourselves – we’re all writers, we all invent characters for ourselves, roles in this little play that we’re running in our head that we call our lives. With a writer, you’re dealing with the actual stuff of existence, you’re playing the God game. All the things that you will have to consider before you write a story are exactly the things God had to consider before he created the universe – plot, characters (laughter) and what’s it mean, what’s it about, what’s the theme here . . . motifs. A lot of them suns, they’ll do, we’ll put them everywhere – hey, snakes! These are easy . . . (laughter).

    The Craft: An Interview with Alan Moore

    (via LVX23 and NWD)

    And another new interview with Moore here… haven’t had any time to check this one out yet.

    (See also: Alan Moore dossier)

    Official English Haruki Murakami site

    Holy damn! One of my favorite authors finally has an official English web site.


    And here’s the awesome old un-official web site.

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