That might sound like a minor issue, but I'm wondering, what's the point of this paper?

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The bigger squares are 1.2cm, and the smallers 4x4 are 3mm wide. It's originally a Spanish notebook.

I'm aware of multiple layouts for graph paper for different purposes: Chinese (stacked squares), Chinese training (stacked blocks, subdivided in 4 field), logarithmic paper, 10x per centimeter for design, 5 square/inch in the US, 4 squares/inch, French ruled paper, slanted grid for calligraphy, and so on.

But this seems like a unique design. Any idea, what's the intended audience?

  • 1.2cm exactly, or are you guesstimating? 'Roughly' 1.2cm would be 'roughly' half an old style Imperial [or American] inch… so the intended audience would likely be 'the USA'. – Tetsujin Sep 15 '19 at 18:46
  • 1.2cm exactly. Not 1/2 inch. – Quora Feans Sep 15 '19 at 20:14
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    Hi Quora Feans, I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because in my opinion, I don't think school material falls within the scope of graphic design. Anyway here is a blog (in Spanish but very easy to translate) explaining each kind of grid and its use. – user120647 Sep 15 '19 at 20:32

I used similar quadrille paper in engineering projects.

There's several cases where you'd want a 1/4 division:

IDEAL FOR GRAPH AND DRAFTING - 20 lb. basis, acid-free, versatile layout bond, printed with a non-reproducible blue grid on one side.

WIDE USES - Grid paper is the type of graph paper most often used for art and drawing projects. It is used for creating floor plans, designing web pages, creating cross-stitch patterns, planning construction projects.


  • The paper you linked to is different. In my original example, there 1.2cm squares, divided in 4x4 3mm squares. – Quora Feans Sep 15 '19 at 20:30
  • You're right. Consider that perhaps there is no specific purpose to the dimensions of the graph paper. – Joshjurg Sep 16 '19 at 15:23

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