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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 Oct 21 '14 at 2:56
  • Wise words old DA01. Wise words. – Tony Bolero Oct 21 '14 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.

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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.

Gutter

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


Sources:

  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 Oct 24 '14 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 Oct 25 '14 at 11:32

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