by Ruchita

Zine template A4 grid

A4 Grid


Grids are tricky structures to design. They underpin the entire experience of a publication and yet function in an invisible kind of way. A well-crafted grid can enhance the content, giving it room to shine and do its thing. A poor grid on the other hand can be a difficult, rigid prison or worse, a production nightmare. How can we create something elegant and open and receptive to everyone’s perspectives?

Given the short time frame within which we want to create our content and publish the zine (4 days is ambitious any way we look at it), at the outset our most important consideration is production and paper. We will be provided with a very generous supply of Karess Wove Cream Laid and Alpha Wove Bright White in 100gsm stock from which the most practical sizes for the zine are A4 and A5. While the A4 size will give us a large, impressive canvas to work with, I wonder whether the A5 might not be better suited to creating an intimate, personal zine filled with personality. I’m sharing here 2 separate grids, built on similar proportions but keeping in mind different requirements for A4 and A5.


Zine template A4 01

A4 Grid: Application 1


Zine template A4 02

A4 Grid: Application 2


Zine template A4 04

A4 Grid: Application 3


Zine template A4 05

A4 Grid: Application 4


Zine template A5 grid

A5 Grid


Zine template A5 01

A5 Grid: Application 1


Zine template A5 02

A5 Grid: Application 2


Zine template A5 03

A5 Grid: Application 3


Of course, it’s still early days in our project and in working out the grid on which our zine will be based, I’ve come up against so many questions: What will our content be? Who will read it? How do we want to represent it? What is the experience that we want to share through it? Practical reasons aside, there is a lot to think about and I have more questions than answers for our team when we meet on Thursday. I’m sure the two grids options presented here will change and evolve greatly in the days to come. Looking forward to hearing your feedback. (I’m indebted to Robert Bringhurst’s The Elements of Typographic Style for opening my mind to a completely new way of thinking about “shaping the page”.)