Grid-it notepads are a series of notepads based on the layout grids of famous publications: “By moving the grids from the backround to the foreground, and divorcing them from their content, we pay homage as well as render the invisible visible.”
Some of the choices: Die Neue Typografie, Le Modulor, The Gutenberg Bible, and The Guardian. The Art Director’s Club awards site offers an up-close look at the pads. Couldn’t find a place to purchase though.
The Art of the Grid site also includes a collection of quotes about grids. A sampling:
Admit constraints: then, having admitted, fill with discovery.
I’m actually an untidy person. I’m not ordered at all. In some senses I have to use grids to bring some order to the chaos that’s whirring around in my head.
To say a grid is limiting is to say that language is limiting, or typography is limiting. It is up to us to use these media critically or passively.
The grid, like any other instrument in the design process, is not an absolute. It should be used with flexibility, and when necessary it should be modified or abandoned completely for a more workable solution.
Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
ANTOINE DE ST.EXUPERY
The secret of a grid’s success is not so much its structure as the imagination with which it is used.
I still reserve the right, at any time, to doubt the solutions furnished by the Modular, keeping intact my freedom, which must depend on my feelings rather than my reason.