LIFE Goes To The Movies

Just got back from a lil vacation and I return with a gem of a book:
LIFE Goes To The Movies
It’s a collection of LIFE Magazine’s coverage of stars, films, and studios from 1935 to 1972.
Published: 1975

Cover:
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What caught my attention was, of course, the grid!

Spread:
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I just HAD to figure out what system they used:
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Based on 9pt. Helvetica Regular with 12pt. leading. All pictures align with the ascender or baseline (red lines), but never with the descenders. Allowing ample room for captions.

Here’s a close up of what I mean:
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What I like most is how versatile it was used. Text and photos are have a certain harmony with each other. I’m really liking the photos that bleed to the page edge. Gorgeous.
I’ll definitely keep this grid system for reference in future projects.

Check out the flickr set here.

- Randy

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