Karl Gerstner’s layout grid

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In 1962-63, Karl Gerstner developed a layout grid for the german economic magazine Capital.

This grid was famously presented in Gerstner’s book Designing Programmes, where he describes it as a structure based on 58 modules.

Karl Gerstner’s grid, as seen in “Designing Programmes”

In order to get a better understanding of the grid’s logic, I re-created the structure in Figma.

Since the final structure is a combination of five smaller grids, it becomes a lot clearer once you can interact and show-hide the different modules.

The grid, re-created in Figma

You can access it and play with the grid by following this link: