Even in the age of computers, designers are still taught the vitrues of Josef Müller-Brockmann's landmark Grid System to Graphic Design, a print-era visual framework with grid-based foundation prioritizing arrangement two-dimentionsal elements on a page for optimal visual balance. Why not utilize the tenets while arranging/decorating a room?
A quick summary of a grid system for the non-design folks: "a two-dimensional structure made up of a series of intersecting vertical and horizontal axes used to structure content. The grid serves as an armature on which a designer can organize text and images in a rational, easy to absorb manner."
What if you applied this design system to arranging/decorating your walls? That's exactly how Melissa and Tom of Milo & Ben approached the task of creating a visually balanced home office...
The project of converting their home office into a space dictated by Josef Müller-Brockman's Grid System began with equal parts vinyl tape and plenty of patience, born of husband Tom's "obsession with Josef Müller-Brockmann". Thus, some serious measuring and calculations went into this home office. Melissa outlined the project's 6-step transformation:
Step three: You need to measure your wall and make some calculations. We had two wall sockets to deal with. You could paint them, but again, this was a temporary solution. You need to figure out how many rows and how many columns. If you don't like math, this could be the hardest part for you. Figure out where you want the artwork to hang and make the grid based on that. They are, and should be, your main focal point.
Josef Müller-Brockmann also envisioned the application of the grid for organization beyond the confines of 2-dimensional typographic layout. As shown here from Grid Systems in Graphic Design, a room could also utilize the exact spacing of a grid model to optimize proportional balance.
Now to apply the same ideas to our desk and computer desktop!
Want to follow suit? Check out the full how-to post over at Milo & Ben's Grid Wall.
(Photos and Images: Milo & Ben; Josef Müller-Brockmann)