I’ve been looking at a few magazines and papers to analyse grid layout. I’ve worked out that the Guardian has a tight grid within which all the pages of the paper operate. This is five columns wide and six sections high, plus a header. This busy grid provides lots of opportunities for variety, while maintaining an overall consistency of approach. By contrast a lot of magazines have no discernible grids, and seem to vary the layout massively from page to page: sometimes using the two thirds one third model, somethings half and half, and sometimes in quarters. The National Trust magazine (see below) has five columns too, but no consistent divisions down the page. This is more flexible and open, but the five columns help to provide structure. The TV listings magazine has four columns and upwards is divided into three sections, but this doesn’t seem to follow through on all pages.