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Which Grid To Use? 

Squares have advantages: 


Squares match commonly
available graph paper for planning.

Squares match bitmap
images in computer graphics.

Squares work very well
for horizontal and vertical lines
Squares have
disadvantages:

Squares do not match
the round shape of most balloons used in balloon
graphics.

Squares tend to leave
larger gaps between balloons.

Square grid frameworks shows more
in gaps.

Square do not work as
well for curved lines




Honeycomb (Hexagon)
Grids 

Hexagons have
advantages: 


Honeycombs accept
round balloons more easily and naturally than squares
do.

Honeycombs leave
smaller gaps between balloons

Honeycombs show less
of the framework in gaps.

Honeycombs work very
well for lines on three axes rather than just two
axes.

Honeycombs work more
easily for curved lines.
Hexagons have disadvantages:

Honeycombs pattern graph
paper is not so commonly available locally, but
it is available for free download off the
internet.

Honeycombs require
more work to convert computer bitmap images.

Honeycombs do not work
as well for horizontal and vertical lines within
in the same graphic.




OctagonSquare Grids 
OctagonSquares have advantages: 


OctagonSquares work
very well for horizontal and vertical lines.

OctagonSquares make
curved lines more easily than square grids.

OctagonSquares have
builtin apertures for two levels of detail.

Use only the octagon
apertures to match the detail of square grids or

Use both
octagon and square apertures for more coverage,
detail and subtlety of design.

OctagonSquares easily
accept computer bitmap image conversions.

Round balloons fit
even more easily and naturally into eightsided
octagons than into foursided squares or sixsided
hexagons.

OctagonSquares have
the smallest gaps between balloons of the three
patterns .

OctagonSquares show
the least framework in gaps between balloons.
OctagonSquares have
disadvantages:

OctagonSquare pattern
graph paper is not commonly available, but is
available for free download off the internet.

OctagonSquares
require twice as many balloons to fill out the
graphic if you take advantage of the small square
apertures.





Here are some key steps/questions to
determine the best framework for your next
balloon graphic:

Try to lay out
your design on graph paper matched to a
framework you have readily or most
economically available.

Then try graph
paper for other grid patterns to see if
you can improve your results.

Be sure to do
the math:

What size
balloons/apertures work best for your
design?

How many
balloons will it take?

How large
will the finished design be?

How much
will it cost?

Is everything
you need actually available?

Is there help
available for unresolved issues?

lf you still
do not have a satisfactory solution,
consider a custom framework made just for
you.




Where Do I Get Them? 


SQUARE
Grids are available from Pioneer Balloon
Company and many Pioneer distributors.

HONEYCOMB
(HEXAGON) Grids are available from
Rouse International and some Rouse
distributors.

OCTAGONSQUARE Grids are available
from Rouse International under the name
"ROSA" for Rouse Octagon Square Aperture
frameworks.

CUSTOM
Grids are available from Rouse
International.
 Graph Paper for planning your designs is
available:



SAMPLE PROJECTS 



Betallic Logo in Honeycomb Pattern Framework 


First Steps Logo in ROSA Pattern Framework 


COMPARE
GRID PATTERNS ON BASIC SHAPES 




Grid 
Axis 
Square 
Circle 
Triangle 
SQUARE GRID 





HONEYCOMB (HEXAGON) GRID 





OCTAGONSQUARE GRID 






