The context of Brinson's (2007) thesis is graphic design, but there are many insights, overlaps and references in a study that ...
"explores the logical integration of conceptual meaning into the grid structure" (p.61).
“All innovation and most design is the result of connections—the link between experience and action, between deductive logic and inductive insight, between the analysis of a problem and the verification of its solution”1 (p.2)
“The important thing to remember is that while a grid can help to generate a sense of unity and continuity in a design, it is within itself creative. In the hands of unskilled designers, grids can become straightjackets that inhibit creative concepts.”4 (p.5)
“Ostensibly, the best grids are based on a general evaluation of content and reflect the particular character and presentational requirements of that content.”78 (p.105)
While analysis is to the fore in the thesis there is less emphasis on synthesis amid talk of deconstruction. Hodges' model can (I believe) be used for conceptual analysis and synthesis. A tool to deconstruct, to identify the parts and integrate the whole. As a representational frame Hodges' model could also represent change through time.
Brinson, Valorie Michelle, "An evolution in grid structures: a study for conceptual grid structure design" (2007). Retrospective Theses and Dissertations. Paper 14805.