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Layout Essentials by Beth Tondreau

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FILLED AND FUNCTIONAL

61. With Order, Make Small Margins Work

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With a well-conceived grid, small margins can work. When images are aligned cleanly on obvious gridlines and when space and typography are carefully controlled, small outside margins can be part of a carefully crafted concept. The skill and order of a well-balanced page can act as a foil for narrow margins, bringing an edge to a controlled layout.

That said, when starting out, leave a margin for error. Margins are tricky for beginners and seasoned practitioners alike. Setting up a grid with few or many variables involves balance and skill, as well as trial and error. Most traditional ...

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