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eBay Voice + Design Guidelines 2008


eBay Brand Guidelines

Table of Contents

01 / Brand Basics Brand Overview What’s New Top 5 eBay Brand Tips

02 / Voice Basics 04 05 06

Who’s Talking A Voice Snapshot Voice Attributes How to Talk the Talk Applying the Voice Voice Levels When It’s Working

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03 / Design Basics 08 09 10 11 12 13 14

Color Palette Typeface Logo Product Photography People Photography Grid

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Brand Basics / What’s a brand, anyway? It’s how we reflect the essential promise of our company to the world. To build a strong brand we have to keep it consistent, which means communicating with one recognizable look and language across all customer experiences. Read on and get to know our brand guidelines. p.s.: For eBay brand principles in even more exhilarating detail, you can visit the Brand Exchange on iWeb. Just type BCX into your browser. See you there.

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Brand Overview / eBay is unlike any retailer out there: a vast global marketplace with virtually infinite selection and unique deals for shoppers of all stripes. The eBay brand is a reflection of this dynamic, peoplepowered environment. With all that excitement going on, our core brand seeks to bring a fun yet organized feel to eBay communications and to create a consistent voice, look and feel that sets us apart.

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What’s New:

DOs:

Here’s a snapshot of what defines eBay today. Consider these the key elements that guide all expressions of the eBay brand.

A human, conversational approach to communications across all our customer touch-points helps welcome and engage our users A streamlined, grown-up look and feel makes us a credible destination for a whole world of shoppers. A focus on dynamic selection and value helps our customers find great deals on the stuff they love. Our commitment to improved safety builds the trust of our users and makes eBay a place people want to come back to time and again.

DON’Ts: An emphasis on the emotional elements of winning. Because eBay isn’t a gamble. A focus on personal connections and social networking. It’s about the finds, not the buying process. An overly quirky voice that undermines trust for our users. Graffiti or carton-style hand-drawn illustrations in our design.

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Top 5 eBay Brand Tips / 01 / Our voice is human and conversational at all times 02 / Our personality is that of a helpful, smart pal you can trust 03 / Our look is bold and primary, but not comical or kitschy 04 / We use grid to bring a clean, organized look to our design language 05 / Our style of photography is candid and realistic, never corporate or canned

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Who’s Talking? The eBay voice is a reflection of the best members of the eBay community: smart, helpful, good eggs invested in smooth transactions. Our voice is built around the persona of a helpful ally who can guide you through all the aspects of the eBay experience, from finding exactly what you want to resolving any problems you might encounter along the way. Think of the personality behind the eBay voice as a smart pal you can trust. We call this voice the Wingman for short. Its main feature is a warm, conversational, and (when appropriate) playful tone modeled on real people talking to each other. This means no market-speak, no aggressive imperatives, no awkward puns. Instead, the eBay voice is all about everyday human communication.

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A Voice Snapshot / What we don’t sound like: canned, corporate-speaky, tech platform-y, sales-y What we do sound like: conversational, familiar, a smart pal you can trust

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Voice Attributes / As you apply the eBay voice across communications, it’s useful to remember the key attributes of our guiding persona, the wingman or smart pal you can trust.

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DOs: A friendly, conversational style of speaking that sounds human at all times Asking questions instead of giving orders Speaking like a familiar guide Using contractions like in everyday language Calm, casual delivery, with playfulness when appropriate.

DON’Ts: Aggressive promotional language Business jargon or robotic market-speak Shouting and exclamation points Cutesy puns

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How to Talk the Talk / 01 / Use a first-person voice based on the persona of a helpful wingman—someone who gives it to you straight. 02 / Ask questions instead of shouting imperatives. They’re helpful ways of guiding behavior. 03 / Avoid robotic market-speak. Aim for a peer-based, active voice that guides and inspires through honest, conversational talk. 04 / Use contractions. It’s usually what we do in everyday speech. 05 / Don’t use exclamation points. They convey fake enthusiasm and make us look unprofessional.

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Applying the Voice / The eBay voice can be broken out into three levels that cover the range of typical interactions with our users. In each case the smart pal persona is speaking, so the voice remains consistent. The tone simply shifts according to the context. Think of it as a person modulating their tone to suit the situation—a party versus a business meeting, for example.

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01 / Inspirational (To Inspire or Invite)

02 / Informational (To Guide or Inform)

03 / Technical (To Enforce or Reassure)

eBay speaks directly to people like a familiar pal. This is a key way of humanizing our brand: by speaking conversationally in an open, accessible manner. Instead of market-speak, we sound like regular humans do. In inspirational contexts we can even be playful like you would be with someone you know well. Examples include high-level communications such as onsite merchandising, direct mail, catalogs and promotional advertising.

The brand speaks like a helpful wingman guiding users through the eBay experience. Again, we stay conversational and avoid robotic directions and aggressive market-speak. Examples include site instructions, calls to action, buttons, way-finding cues, promotional information, trust and safety communications.

There’s a lot of technical information we often have to convey, for example in all kinds of trust and safety communications. Even so, remember that the Wingman is still speaking and that there’s always a human on the other end of the communication. Preface or bracket technical info with the helpful wingman voice. It’ll soften things that are otherwise dry and robotic.

DO: Check out this deal. DON’T: Just for you!

DON’T: Your transaction is complete. Please pay NOW!

DO: Got cool stuff you don’t want anymore? Give it a home on eBay. DON’T: Be green, make some green!

DO: Heads up, everybody. Amounts shown in italics are foreign currency listings with approximate conversions. Be sure to do the math.

DO: Plenty of great finds left. DON’T: Don’t just shop. Win!

DON’T: Amounts shown in italicized text are for items listed in currency other than U.S. dollars and are approximate conversions.

DO: Nice job, Jane. You won the auction. Don’t forget to pay your seller.

DO: New to eBay? Create an account. It’s free. DON’T: If you are not currently an eBay member, register now!

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DO: Here come the legal bits: All contestants of the eBay Seller Sweepstakes are subject to the laws of their home state. DON’T: The following conditions apply: All contestants of the eBay Seller Sweepstakes are subject to the laws of their home state. DO: We’ve cancelled the following listings to protect your account and the eBay site. Unfortunately, we can’t automatically re-list the items for you. DON’T:We have cancelled the following listings to maintain the integrity of your account and the eBay site. Unfortunately, it is not possible for us to automatically re-list the items for you.

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How to Tell When it’s Working / A good test when creating eBay communications is to ask if you would say it in real everyday speech. If not, it’s probably not in the eBay voice. When in doubt, speak like a great eBay user. You can draw inspiration from the millions on site any time.

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Color Palette / We focus on the four core colors we’ve used since the very beginning. Bright, vivid, supersaturated, and bold, they’re a great tool for conveying excitement and playfulness. Plus, they look great with photography and really catch your eye in any medium. We’ve also added a secondary set of colors that play well with our core colors. As you’ll see on the next page, the primary colors should be given significantly greater prominence than the secondary colors. Since our primary colors are one of our strongest signalers of brand, they should be given 3x the real estate of our secondary (or accent) colors.

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Some rules of thumb:

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75%

75%

75%

75%

Primary Red Pantone 185 C

Primary Blue Pantone 286 C

Primary Yellow Pantone 130 C

Primary Green Pantone 376 C

05 / Use the boundless thread sparingly. To add a simple graphical element that quickly says ‘eBay’, use the horizontal (platform) version of the boundless thread (as seen on the global header of the eBay site. It should never be used twice in any layout and it should, wherever possible, be oriented to bleed horizontally.

C: 0 M: 91 Y: 76 K: 0 R: 255 G: 0 B: 0 FF 00 00

C: 100 M: 60 Y: 0 K: 6 R: 0 G: 0 B: 153 00 00 99

C: 0 M: 27 Y: 100 K: 0 R: 255 G: 204 B: 0 FF CC 00

C: 56 M: 0 Y: 100 K: 0 R: 153 G: 204 B: 0 99 CC 00

25%

25%

25%

25%

See the next page for more detail about how to use the boundless thread.

Secondary Pink Process Magenta C

Secondary Blue Process Cyan C

Secondary Orange Pantone Orange 21 C

Secondary Green Pantone 381 C

C: 0 M: 100 Y: 0 K: 0 R: 255 G: 51 B: 153 FF 33 99

C: 100 M: 0 Y: 0 K: 0 R: 51 G: 204 B: 255 33 CC FF

C: 0 M: 53 Y: 100 K: 0 R: 255 G: 153 B: 0 FF 99 00

C: 20 M: 0 Y: 91 K: 0 R: 204 G: 255 B: 51 CC FF 33

01 / Lead with the primaries. To keep things simple and focused, stick to the primary colors first, then mix in secondary colors for emphasis. Aim for a 75% to 25% ratio of primary to secondary colors in most creative executions. Bottom line: while all of our colors ‘feel’ eBay, our primary colors are our strongest calling card. 02 / Keep it simple. Avoid using more than two of the primary colors at once and use complementary colors for emphasis only where it makes sense. Our red and our yellow look great together. So do our blue and green. But blue, green and red together can be overwhelming. 03 / Be bold. Our colors are so strong and so rich, they cry out to be used in big, fat swathes. Experiment with heavy blocks of solid color— especially next to full-color photography or as a way to highlight illustration. 04 / Avoid overlap colors. The colors from the overlap of the letters in the logo are fine in the context of the logo and the boundless thread but avoid them on their own.

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Using the Boundless Thread: 01 / Don’t overuse it: The Thread should not be used on every layout. Because it’s a simple signifier of brand (and a nice way of suggesting plenitude), it’s best used in situations that require a simple design solution. It’s also good for layouts with a large amount of necessary text or when the composition of a photograph is complex.

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DO: Keep it thin.

DON’T: Overuse it.

DON’T: Start in the middle.

DON’T: Use it as illustration.

02 / Keep it thin: Again, the Thread should never cover a large portion of any layout. On average, roughly 4% of the shorter side of your layout is a good rule of thumb. Think accent, not motif. 03 / Keep it boundless: Wherever possible, the Thread should bleed. It never ends or starts in the middle of a layout, and it always extends for at least the whole length of any layout. 04 / Don’t mess with it: The Thread should never be used as an illustration or as an illustrative element that adorns objects or people. And remember, you can always refer back to how the thread is used in the global header on our site for a quick reminder of the principles at work here.

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Typeface / Our primary typeface is Omnes. Not only does it have a range of weights (18 total), but each weight has a slightly different personality. On the thinner end, it’s elegant and precise ( just the thing for subheads and bullet points) and on the thicker end, it’s friendly and playful (perfect for attention-grabbing headlines). The regular weights are well-balanced without being stuffy. Our secondary typeface is Helvetica Neue. Use it in offline print when there is extensive body copy content. Arial is the non-print equivalent of Helvetica, so it’s our default font for HTML. Use it online to keep our typeface looking consistent across print and online media. DO: Use the italic weights for both subheads and headlines. DON’T: Use the ultra thin weights—Hairline, Hairline Italic, and Black and Black Italic—at all. All four are off-limits as they’re generally tough on the eye, especially small. Lastly, here’s an added type-geek bonus. Omnes means ‘Everybody’ or ‘Mankind’ in Latin—so choosing the face in your type menu is a little reminder of our drive to humanize the brand. Cool, huh?

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03 / Design Basics This is Omnes Thin ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 1234567890!@#$%^&*()?/:;.

This is Omnes Regular ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 1234567890!@#$%^&*()?/:;.

This is Omnes Bold ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 1234567890!@#$%^&*()?/:;.

This is Omnes Thin Italic ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 1234567890!@#$%^&*()?/:;.

This is Omnes Regular Italic ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 1234567890!@#$%^&*()?/:;.

This is Omnes Bold Italic ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 1234567890!@#$%^&*()?/:;.

This is Omnes Extra Light ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 1234567890!@#$%^&*()?/:;.

This is Omnes Medium ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 1234567890!@#$%^&*()?/:;.

For Offline body copy: This is Helvetica Neue Regular ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 1234567890!@#$%^&*()?/:;.

This is Omnes Extra Light Italic ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 1234567890!@#$%^&*()?/:;.

This is Omnes Medium Italic ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 1234567890!@#$%^&*()?/:;.

This is Omnes Light ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 1234567890!@#$%^&*()?/:;.

This is Omnes Semibold ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 1234567890!@#$%^&*()?/:;.

This is Omnes Light Italic ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 1234567890!@#$%^&*()?/:;.

This is Omnes Semibold Italic ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 1234567890!@#$%^&*()?/:;.

04 / Stick to our typeface. Used in tandem with our color palette and our style of photography, Omnes is the perfect proxy for the Wingman. It’s calm but friendly. Think of it as the thread that ties everything together and you’ll keep our look consistent.

This is Omnes Hairline This is Omnes HairlineItalic

This is Omnes Black This is Omnes Black Italic

As a secondary typeface for HTML and large amounts of print body copy, use Arial/Helvetica

This Is an Excellent Headline Set in Omnes Semibold Italic

Some rules of the road: 01 / Be bold. One of the great things about Omnes is the myriad weights it comes in. Omnes Bold Italic is amazing for headlines and almost anything, really. Use it when you really want to get someone’s attention. 02 / Balance your type weights. Keeping a hierarchy of type sizes and weights is going to be increasingly important as we continue to evolve the brand. Go big and Bold with headlines, slightly smaller or Semibold with subheads, smaller still and Medium to Regular with body copy, and save Extra Light or Thin for captions or quotes. 03 / Use italics for emphasis. Nothing says: ‘Hey, look over here’ like a headline in Omnes Semibold Italic. It’s emphatic and fun. Choose something else for body copy but it’s perfect for short blocks of type meant to convey information quickly and ardently.

This is Helvetica Neue Italic ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 1234567890!@#$%^&*()?/:;. This is Helvetica Neue Bold ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 1234567890!@#$%^&*()?/:;. This is Helvetica Neue Bold Italic ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 1234567890!@#$%^&*()?/:;.

And this is its perfect subhead counterpart in Omnes Regular Italic Here is body copy set in Omnes Regular. It looks pretty great and it’s totally legible, even at small sizes. For instance, this is 8 point type—pretty much the smallest you’d want to go with body type. Here’s how a body copy subhead could look when set in Omnes Medium. Or you could always get bolder too, setting subheads in Omnes Semibold.

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- And here’s how a bullet point could look - The bullet is Omnes Semibold Italic - And the copy is in Omnes Regular Italic. See how the bullets feel both a bit more playful and more urgent than your usual bullet points? Just a little added bonus. Notice what we did just there? Popped a little bit of Omnes Bold into regular body copy. Consider that an easy way to add a

bit of oomph to the big ideas you want to draw attention to here and there. Bottom line: There are a wealth of options available to you when typesetting in Omnes. Choose both your point size and weight wisely. Helvetica Neue: Here is body copy set in Helvetica Neue. Use it in offline print when ther is extensive body copy content. Use Arial/Helv for HTML Page 20 of 28


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Logo / Our logo is the single strongest signifier of eBay’s festive DIY spirit. Bold and colorful, it reflects the playful familiarity of the brand.

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Here are some things to consider: 01 / Clearspace. Give the logo some space to breathe. As a rule, the logo should always have a buffer around it to make sure it gets along with the stuff around it. Our rule of thumb: half the height of the ‘y’ in eBay all the way around.

Minimum Clear Space / Try to maintain a buffer around the logo that is half the height of the ‘Y’ on all sides.

Measuring ‘Y’ Space / ‘Y’ space is the height of the letter Y in the eBay logo, and therefore it is proportional to the height of the logo.

02 / Color. Wherever possible, do your best to ensure that the logo lives on a white background. For obvious reasons, our logo doesn’t work when it’s positioned on solid fields of any of our primary colors—place the logo on a red background, for instance, and watch the ‘e’ disappear entirely. In those cases, be sure to use the eBay logo with the white “glow” around the edges, to separate it from the background. 03 / Scale. Give the logo appropriate heft in proportion to other visual elements in a layout. Not only is it a good way to create consistency (by ensuring that the logo is applied in a similar fashion across print and interactive communications), it’s a great way to simplify the design process. We gauge the scale of the logo based on the height of the ‘Y’ in the logo and have broken down some simple guidelines around scale below: US Letter Postcard CD Cover Banner Ad 468x60 Banner Ad 120x600 Banner Ad 150x200 Web Page Top Nav Email Header 600 wide

‘Y’ Space

01 / Clearspace

01 / Clearspace cont.

48 pt 32 pt 32 pt 30 px 34 px 24 px 54 px 30 px

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Product Photography / The eBay style of photography should be candid, realistic and minimally staged. We aim to show product in the context of its environment. The inspiration for our product photography is the warm, documentary approach our best users bring to their own items every day. To that end, we should avoid super-stylized, overly art-directed compositions that lack candidness and authenticity.

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Things to look for:

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Flat Focal Plane

In Context

Minimally Staged

Basic

Simple

In Context

Solid Background

White Background

Super-Ironic

Selective Focus

Staged

Super-Kitschy

01 / Flat focal plane. Avoid shallow depth of field, especially if it’s too noticeable or too pronounced. Instead, think of the kind of point-and-shoot photography that real people shoot for the site all the time. We’re trying to showcase actual stuff in actual environments in a not-too-stylized fashion. 02 / Objects in context. Overall, we aim to show product in the context of its environment. But there will be instances where it makes sense—in design or technology circumstances—to show product on solid color or white backgrounds. This is fine. Whenever possible, aim for a style of photography that is candid, realistic and minimally staged. 03 / Simple composition. Avoid overly sophisticated crops or super-dynamic compositions. Keep it basic and clear instead. Everything here should be easy on the eye and simple but not plain. Injecting a little va-va-voom through bold, saturated color is A-OK. 04 / Minimal kitsch factor. Steer clear of visual puns or super-ironic, super-retro images. Our brand is smart and playful, not a junk shop that’s comical to look at.

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People Photography / Just like our photography of products shot in context, images of people in our visual language should be candid, imperfect and realistic. Ideally, every photograph of a person we use should signal the fact that there’s another person on the other side of the camera capturing a moment. Avoid stock clichés such as models giving you the thumbs up while talking on cell phones or pretending to type on laptops. Instead, aim for real people photographed amidst the day-to-day stuff of their life.

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Here are some pointers:

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Simple

Candid

Snapshot

In the Moment

Imperfect

Warm

eBay User

eBay Seller

Staged

Generic

Computer Shot

01 / Use stock sparingly. Wherever possible, steer clear of staged stock photography of people in marketing communications. Instead, use images of actual eBay users shot with their stuff. The idea is to humanize this aspect of our brand by keeping people photography looking candid and natural. When appropriate, call out the actual user to make it clear that these are real people with real stories to tell about the stuff that they love. 02 / Keep it real. If you have to use stock, try to show people doing realistic things in their element. Avoid white seamless backgrounds, staged events, props and clichéd poses like chins on elbows. Instead, strive to represent folks doing believable things in the moment. We want to keep our photography composition simple and free of stereotypes. 03 / Stay candid. Embrace shots that feel a bit point-and-shoot, flashbulbs and all. They look urgent, imperfect and genuine. Think about how real folks shoot real stuff on the site and how they’d likely snap pics of their pals. Nothing says ‘candid snapshot’ like the kind of flash burst that your average stock photo shooter would clone out in Photoshop. 04 / Avoid retouching. eBay is all about being genuine and nothing says ‘too good to be true’ than an overly doctored photo. Stay away from images that have been obviously airbrushed, colorcorrected, doctored, or otherwise tweaked in Photoshop. Again, think snapshot and you’re in good shape.

Forced

06 / Avoid computer shots. Sure, it’s tempting to show people on eBay on their computers, but there’s nothing as staged as looking at someone looking at a monitor. It’s generic, boring and impossible to own. Avoid these kinds of shots at all cost.

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Grid / A key component to our design system is using grid as a stabilizing visual element. It works best with images—especially contextualized product photography—and looks great next to solid fields of color or full-bleed hero shots. Much in the same way that the style of photography riffs on the way real people photograph their stuff on the site, image grids tie back to the way that product is displayed on the site. How do you do it? Start by setting a standard clearspace dimension for the top, bottom, left, and right edges of your page (on a standard A4, .25” will do nicely). Then, divide the horizontal space left over by the number of images you want to showcase horizontally. Do the same vertically. Then subtract a set number for the space in between images (.0625” or .125” work swell). And voila, you’ve got your set image size.

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When it’s working: 01 / It’s organized. The more stuff you put on a page, the tougher it is to keep things organized and looking good. That’s where grid comes in. It’s a nice way of giving things clear structure and keeping them in tidy order. Also, with appropriate and equal clearspace, images stay nicely buffered and easy on the eye. 02 / It’s harmonious. Ideally, every image grid should be assembled with an eye toward visual harmony. Pairing cooler (bluer) and warmer (redder) images, and wider shots with close-ups is a nice way to create both visual interest and a deeper sense of balance. 03 / It’s a mirror to the site. Much in the same way that our style of photography parallels how things are photographed by users on the site, our use of grid in offline communications is a nice tie-back to how it’s used online currently. Not only is it a great way to suggest selection and breadth of offering, it’s a great way to create greater consistency in the print and interactive worlds.

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