Gestalt, grid, design

Gestalt Principles are methods used in design process to maintain the variety and also unity in the design. It means “whole” or “form” in German. It is about unifying different parts of the design to make a whole composition.  The major idea of Gestalt is that it says that people see different objects as wholes. For example when we see a square, we do not say that there are four lines and four angles but we say that it is a square. When we see a plane we do not say that there are metal parts and machines, it is a plane, because they work together as a whole, they don’t mean anything individually.There are three important Gestalt design principles which are; alignment, ambiguity, grouping and repelling.

Alignment is lining up objects or continuous texts or whatever used in that design, to create groups and also more importantly to create an order in the design. Another principle is grouping and repelling, this principle is important for creating different desgin groups which are working together with harmony. The third important principle is ambiguity. The output of the design process mustn’t be boring but also there can’t be objects that are completely seperate than others. Designer should do simple touches to create some excitement into project, but there shouldn’t be flying objects in the design. Also size is very important in this principle, for example if the designer want to differentiate two columns he/she shouldn’t do it with small touches but instead, there should be a big difference in their sizes. They should be either equal or very different, eye should seperate them immediately.

Here are some examples:

This is an example of Resanancias magazine. There used a 3 column structure, layout is divided equally to 3 parts, eventhough two pages are not same, you can understand that they are the the same magazine because it gives clues with colours and structure.

This is from D2B Design to Branding Magazine, in this magazine they divided the page to 2 columns. I liked this design because it looks very clean, they didn’t use so much colour but it is not boring. They used very clean typography, justified text looks very neat.

This is from Mono Magazine. This layout is basically divided to 2 parts, but those two parts are also divided into 2 parts considering the structure of the layout. Everything is calculated so it works very well, in one page they used four columns in another two columns but it is obvious that they are from the same magazine from the typographic elements (huge and upper-case letters).

This is Ling Magazine. This layout looks like divided into 3 columns, but there is a trick in this, it looks three equal columns but they are not, they wanted to make two equal columns and one big, or three equals, but you can understand it exactly because there is slight difference between the sizes of two columns and the another one, so there is an ambiguty in this page layout.

This is Image of a Company/1990. This layout is divided into 4 columns, In this structure there are 2 wide columns and two thin columns, despite the Ling Magazine the difference between two sizes are very clear so there is no ambiguity in this structure, thin columns are used for giving info basically.

Here are my trials.

In my grid system, i took 0,75cm as x and made all other calculations as its coefficients. Lila parts are indicating texts, pink parts are gutters and white parts are the area which is not in use and creates a frame. Purple parts are showing how images can be placed.

This is my strucuture:

These are image trials:


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