Grids have more than “convenience and utility”.

April 3, 2010 at 12:22 pm 1 comment

Grids are such an important part of design. The grid is used as a tool for understanding, the foundation of entire projects, a challenge for reinterpretation, and more. Whether you love or hate relying on the grid, it’s everywhere. I personally am a huge fan, and I believe that employing grids usually leads to both beautiful and functional work.

A grid became the planning basis for an up-and-coming New York City in the Commissioners’ Plan of 1811, which initially faced severe criticism from landowners and journalists. It has a rich history in construction (especially with materials like brick and tile), drawing, and graphic design. And it pops up all over in everyday life.

Two of my favorite uses of the grid are Lingelbach’s Scintillating Grid Illusion and Gehry’s Dancing House:

Scintillating Grid Illusion

windows of Dancing House

April 3’s daily design idea is respect the grid.


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  • 1. Furniture of waste. « Daily Design Idea  |  May 4, 2010 at 5:36 am

    […] Bench is made from old newspaper that is glued and compressed into a structural beehive-like grid. He’s also designed a version of the bench in plastic, with a stunning limited edition piece […]


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