Brockmann & The Grid

Brockmann = Graphic Design Leeegend. But wait, I'm getting a bit ahead of myself. Let me explain to you why I feel this way and who this icon is.

Josef Müller-Brockmann was a Swiss graphic designer and teacher who studied architecture, art, design and history of art at the University of Kunstgewerbeschule in Zurich. In my eyes and probably the rest of designers eyes Brockmann is known the be the Father of The Grid System. In case you aren't clear about what The Grid System is, it's the underlying skeleton of a design in most mediums. You don't see it but it's there. The underlying structure that works as a safety net to keep your design work have a personal yet visual aesthetic.

His work shows a beautifully well executed understanding of the grid:


The way his work is arranged shows that he definitely deserves the title of the father of The Grid System. This topic really interested me because as this blog is called Marias Grid, I really am trying to bring my lifes 'grid' (the underlying structure of my life of design + health brought into one) into this blog.

The other day my dad surprised me with Wallpapers latest magazine (best design student present, thanks Pops!) and in that months Magazine edition Bang & Olufsen (Danish company that designs and manufactures audio products) had a beautiful 'newspaper' that was filled with their products news and inspiring upcoming designers in the industry. I'm mentioning this because of two main reasons:

1. The typography pairing in this paper is beautiful - so modern and chic

2. The Grid system definitely I think would impress Brockmann

Here are a couple of quick snaps I took of a few pages. Enjoy the visually balanced elegant beauties!


This typeface sans serif and serif pairing makes my heart yearn. I love it. Works beautifully.


Paul, my lecturer, shared some of Brockmanns words yesterday and I'd like to end this post by sharing one that really stood out for me:

"Design which is objective, committed to the common weal and refined constitutes the basis of democratic behaviour"

He was definitely setting the bar high.