So, I'm trying to set up a rather strict grid system and wondering what the "rules" for dealing with the gutter and the baseline. Should they have the same value?

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    There are no rules other than the ones you make.
    – DA01
    Commented Oct 21, 2014 at 2:56
  • Wise words old DA01. Wise words. Commented Oct 21, 2014 at 5:50

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By baseline, I'm assuming you mean leading or the baseline grid? ...Because the baseline on its own is just where the type sits, there's no measure that I can think of for a single baseline.

If you take into account the gestalt principles of proximity, you would want the gutter to look larger than the leading so that people's eye flow to the next line in the text instead of hopping to the other column. And for the same reasons, you would want your margins to be wider than the gutter.


There are a few rules of thumb, that i know of:

  1. gutter width ≈ line spacing

  2. gutter width ≈ width of »mii«

  3. Too much is a little bit less problematic than too little spacing between columns.


These rules should be seen only as a starting point to a proper solution.


  1. Claudia Runk: Grundkurs Typografie und Layout. 2. Auflage. Galileo Press, Bonn 2008
  2. davidochmann.de: Zeilenlänge, Spaltenbreite
  • I'm curious about this, can you include a source please? Thank you!
    – curious
    Commented Oct 24, 2014 at 20:40
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    I added the sources. Unfortunately the book I read this in exists only in German language. But I found a website which describes the »mii« trick too. It’s also in German, but you can run it trough Google Translate.
    – mnxd
    Commented Oct 25, 2014 at 11:32

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