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Gravity is a fact. Like traditions, it keeps us grounded but holds us down. That in itself is a problem; it is the reason why it is easier to fall than to fly.

How can we take off and leave the mundane behind when everything is held to the ground by old ways of thinking, archaic ideas, traditions, customs, tribalism, nationalism, and every manner of “ism” out there. What is our common humanity--our shared history that we all can agree on, and learn from?

Although my primary interest is graphic design, it is not all there is to life. This is your invitation to come into my headspace. Let us share ideas, discuss, ponder... maybe even come up with some solutions that could change the world, if not save it. :-)

This is where I live. Come right in.

They say, "Practice what you preach." Yes, yes... I made use of The Grid System to 'layout' these pages and visibly demonstrate the flexibility of the grid system, a very valuable, if not rigorous method used in all sorts of design projects -- advertising, architecture, exhibition design, graphic design, urban planning and so on. Surprise, surprise... even Mohenjo-daro was based on a grid of streets and lanes!

In graphic design, linear or non-linear grids are useful for arranging sets of design elements, objects or blocks of information into cohesive visual groups. Grids can help to determine optimal placement of information on a layout. One has to know how to use it well and when to "break the grid," especially within a contiguous set of pages. As you can see in the background of the image above, a very simple grid of square boxes grow proportionally from a few millimetres each, to a metre or more.

To learn more about the grid, visit Antonio Carusone's site, then scoot over to The Grid System at www.thegridsystem.org

And like Oprah says, "Read this book!"

From a professional for professionals, here is the definitive word on using grid systems in graphic design. Though Muller-Brockman first presented as it as interpretation of grid in 1961, this text is still useful today for anyone working in the latest computer-assisted design. With examples on how to work correctly at a conceptual level and exact instructions for using all of the systems (8 to 32 fields), this guidebook provides a crystal-clear framework for problem-solving. Dimension: 81/2 x 113/4 inches, English & German Text, 357 black+white examples and illustrations.

You can buy this book on Amazon.

Thanks, Rob, for showing this to me aeons ago. It has been a quite a journey from there to here. I guess that makes me a designosaur.

'Segun is the Principal of Indigo Ink Studios, a Canadian graphic design studio. He has over 20 years of graphic design experience in Africa and North America in various positions such as Layout Artist, Graphic Designer, Editorial Illustrator, Art Editor, Art Director, Design Consultant and Design Educator.

His personal portfolio include the design of various corporate identities, collateral materials, postage stamps, campaign materials for local and international non-profit agencies, magazine identities, editorial design, local and international event branding, package design, graphical user interface design, web design, signage system development, advertising design and various other collaborative projects.

At Circle, 'Segun had the privilege of working on sets of award-winning postage stamps and philatelic products for Canada Post Corporation. Today, 'Segun serves as a Sessional Instructor at the University of Manitoba's Fort Garry Campus, teaching courses in Graphic Design Studio,  History of Visual Communication, and Design Theory and Criticism.

'Segun Olude serves on the boards of professional, community, non-profit and faith-based organisations. He is a professional member of the Manitoba Chapter of the Society of Graphic Designers of Canada (GDC); and listed as a human rights, immigration and multiculturalism speaker on Passages to Canada Speakers' Bureau,.

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Principal of Indigo Ink Studios, Winnipeg, Canada

Sessional Instructor in
Graphic Design Studio,
History of Visual Communication, and Design Theory and Criticism at the University of Manitoba

Professional member of Society of Graphic Designers of Canada

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Language is not only a product of human life – it is a pre-requisite that humans require to form relationships. As a fundamental form of expression, language binds us together.

A language can be visual – made up of complex ideas of truth deeply rooted in symbols, custom and imagery. Mother Tongue is about the power of language – verbal and visual, formal and informal. First language. Native language. It honours languages at risk of being lost in our globalising society and those that have survived the forces of colonisation.


INDIGO, the International Indigenous Design Network, is an open platform that connects designers worldwide in an effort to explore our understanding of indigenous design. It provides an online forum for sharing ideas and information, fostering discourse among participants, and contributing to the furtherance of indigenous and local design.


Specialized Templates for Sketching

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