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105: Thou shall align the bottom margin with the baseline grid

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Commentary This is one of my pet favorites when it comes to rules that should never be broken (yep, there are some unbreakable rules). That doesn’t stop designers from doing it though, and when they do, it highlights one of the worst possible layout errors, the slight misalignment. Here’s the scenario. The margins are set and the baseline grid is added with a start point at the top of the text area. All good to go you say but wait—the final baseline and the bottom margin don’t quite line up because the margins are in inches and the baseline grid is in points. This is such an easy thing to put right as all you have to do is measure the final baseline to trim distance in either of those units and set that as your bottom margin. But so many folks don’t bother and it looks so messy when you try to align an image with the last line of text. The funny thing is, slight misalignments really stand out while whopping great big ones don’t because they look intentional. Please avoid. TS


  

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