In looking at this grid I can see a modular grid is present. I REALLY enjoy this table of contents specifically because of the contrast. The way the words and colors stick out is very distinct and visually appealing. An abundance of typographic emphasis is placed in the spacing, which should be expected when using a grid but it just flows so nicely. The visual message that is sent that would make me want to spend more time with the book and magazine is that it’s inviting me with words like “whats inside” or “perspectives.” I think this is an extremely successful example of use of an underlying grid.
Above is a picture of a table of contents of a Nintendo Power magazine from September of 1993. What I found interesting was that good, strong design hasn’t changed much over the past 20 years, as a good columnar grid design can still withstand the toll of time. There is a very clear and clean hierarchy to the table of contents, and even when dealing with many different subjects, 8 in total, each group is still well organized and distinct from other pieces of information. The design shows a great use of pictures to accompany the text, with each picture very clearly belonging to each group under the hierarchy. Nothing in the design seems out of place and everything seems well thought out according to the grid system in place.
When looking up table of contents pages I found a page that I thought was successful. This page has a classic layout; it follows a modular grid and the images are placed on one side of the page opposite to the type. I think this one is successful because the pictures aligned to the right breaks up the information without disrupting the grid/ layout. I also like the type chosen for the words ” department contents”. I like that one word is bolded and the other is regular. The stacking of the two words is visual pleasing to me. However something is bothering me about the way they chunked information. I think part of it is the amount of periods between the end of the section of type and the page number. Also I don’t like the amount of space between the subject title (beauty, on the scene, etc) and the block of information. I want that space to be smaller.
I found this table of contents from the magazine Sports Illustrated. There’s a lot of things I enjoy about this; I like how they incorporated one picture to fill the whole page where it switches from foreground to background. The text is placed around the people in the picture so it looks more organic yet there is an underlying grid being used. The use of red to make the page numbers pop works, especially since it goes with the color of Frank Kaminsky’s jersey. There’s a clear typographical hierarchy between the page number, the name of the article, the summary, and author. I also like how the main block is just on the articles relating to the NCAA tournament since this specific magazine was made during March Madness.
For this blog post, I chose a table of contents from the magazine UrbanLand. I immediately recognized the underlying grid because of the placement of the text and images. There is 4 columns and 6 rows where the content of the page sits. There is a hierarchy of information between the titles and descriptions. This designer used bold and colored text to distinguish the importance of information. The article titles are bolded, and the name of the magazine and month is in orange. The pictures fall on a grid as well making the page appear organized with ample amounts of white space. Some of the images are close up, while others are farther away creating a good dimension between them. This table of contents gives the reader a feel of business professional content while also being aesthetically pleasing to a younger generation with the playful colors and typography.
This is a table of contents from a 2006 Runner’s World magazine. The grid system used here is a nice large heading, one large photo on the left hand side with its caption and the one right hand column with the other featured articles listed. Each feature has its page number, followed by the title on blue, a short summary and then the author in bold.
Emphasis is most used for the title and the photo since it is so large. They really want people to read that article. Also the text and photos relate because the photo is for an article about a guy who lost weight, as well as the some of the titles are under another sub title called “Get Fit, Stay Fit.” Those two things work hand in hand.