Abstract Grid Composition


| Ten Compositions Layered and Stacked


| Ten Compositions Sequential Display

Project Three — Part One
Abstract Grid Composition: Hierarchy Study

Create a series of compositions with placeholder text. Use the grid to determine the potential placement of a graphic/image and  text. Create dynamically divergent compositions. Use any type variety within the Univers family. Use size and scale change to your advantage.

Project Requirements:
Each series of compositions will start with a 10″ x 10″ composition in InDesign. Each set of compositions will exclusively use the type family LT–Adobe Univers (provided on R2•D2)

You must also specify type, which appears to represent three (3) layers of typographic hierarchy. Use placeholder text unless you wish to add “content” to a large display type where you copy edit your own text.



  • Examine the diversity and versatility of a series of  grid structures
  • Consider the totality of the composition when text and image are aligned to a grid
  • Using false, or placeholder texts, create and examine subtle hierarchy possibilities in relation to three (3) congruent levels of text
  • Keep the designs and compositional concepts simple
  • Look at the possible compositions of text and image
  • Create a single PDF file with a full collection of your ten (10) compositions

See the attached PDF files of ten (10) sample compositions.
Each uses:

  • Univers Type Family
  • Conventional typographic alignments [left, right, centered]
  • Each has three (3) layers of typographic hierarchy
  • 50% (grey/black) stand-in for images
  • “Fill with placeholder text” – each composition and paragraph sample uses a different fill
  • Several equally divided grids; 7×7, 9×9, 12×12 of columns and rows
  • Do not save with ‘visible guides’ turn on; samples show how each is organized

Sample Files: Ten Compositions [PDF]

Project Three: Part One – without ‘visble guides + grids’
Project Three: Hierarchy Grid – with ‘visible guides’


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