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White Space is Not Your Enemy by Rebecca Hagen, Kim Golombisky

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A grid is a series of horizontal and vertical lines charting out an area. You see a grid every time you read the newspaper, look at a Web site, unfold a map or watch a football game. Graph paper is nothing more than a grid. Latitude and longitude form a grid of the planet.

In graphic design, you need grids for complex or multiple-page layouts to give their designs unified cohesive skeletal structures. In addition to Web sites and newspapers, magazines, newsletters, brochures and advertisements all use grids. Even the columns on a works-every-time layout count as a grid.

Think of grids as a framework composed of columns or even squares and rectangles ...

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