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The Layout Book


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Table of Contents

Introduction 1 Historical Context Numbers and proportion/ The Golden Section/ The Van de Graaf canon/ Villard de Honnecourt's Diagram /Fibonacci Numbers/ Preferred Numbers/ Corbusier/The Vocabulary of Layout Design Representation and Reality/ Layout today 2 Basic Principles and `rules' Relative and Absolute Measurements/ Dynamic rectangles/ Proportion/ Book Sizes/ Special numbers/ Number sequences 3 Grids and Formations The Grid/ Columns/ Anatomy of a grid/ Fields or Modules/ The Baseline Grid/ Gutter/ Picture boxes/ Runaround and wraps/ Complex or compound grids/ Multi-column Grids/ Orientation/ Angles/ Broadside/ Emphasis/ Hierarchy 4 Objects on a page How we read a page/ Balance/ Juxtaposition/ Typography/ Alignment/ Leading and fonts/ Hyphenation and justification/ Folios/ Marginalia/ Pace/ Layers/ Measure/ White Space/ Dots/ Lines/ Texture and typographic colour/ Passepartout 5 Case Studies Michael Worthington (US)/ Bruce Mau Associates (US) /Bob Aufuldish (US)/ Fabio Ongarato (Australia)/ Mucho (Spain)/ A2/SW/HK (UK)/ Hagen Verleger (Germany) 6 Exercises The Van De Graaf Canon/ Poster Design/ An Exercise in Editorial Complexity/Action Layout/ Flatland/ Visual Storytelling and Narrative Form/6x6 Collaborative Letterpress Project Glossary Index

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A comprehensive visual guide to laying text, image and object out on a screen or page.

About the Author

Gavin Ambrose currently teaches at the University of Brighton, UK. Paul Harris is a freelance writer and editor.


The Layout Book introduces the key principles of layout design through a clear, accessible and instructional format. The fundamental principles of layout design are illustrated through a combination of contemporary and seminal references, which engages the reader and practically demonstrates the theories. * Simon Harrison, Leeds College of Art, UK *

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