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Myths & Misconceptions About Grid Systems

A few myths and mis­con­cep­tions about grids exist in the design com­mu­nity that can be detri­men­tal, espe­cially to design­ers who are new to the sub­ject. I recently read an arti­cle, which is no longer online, claim­ing that grids have dis­ad­van­tages and it listed the rea­sons why. As you can guess, I very much dis­agreed with the entire arti­cle and felt that it was pro­vid­ing a lot of bad infor­ma­tion on grid sys­tems. All of the listed “dis­ad­van­tages” were dis­tor­tions derived from the lack of under­stand­ing on how a grid works and functions.

In response to that arti­cle, here’s my attempt at clear­ing up this mess.

Grids are a design trend.

Grids have been in use long before graphic design became a dis­ci­pline. Dur­ing the 13th– and 14th-centuries, scribes used the Vil­lard Dia­gram to orga­nize their hand­writ­ten man­u­scripts. In the 15th-century, Guten­berg and oth­ers divided their pages using the Van de Graaf canon.

The use of a grid is not a trend, it’s a fun­da­men­tal skill that design­ers should pos­sess. Grids have been around a very long time and are an impor­tant part of the design process.

Grids can impede creativity.

Def­i­nitely the most ridicu­lous of the bunch, this myth sug­gests that a grid will cause a designer to be less cre­ative. A grid should never define a design, it should work with it. To sug­gest that a grid can hin­der cre­ativ­ity is the same as sug­gest­ing that a music tempo can as well. A grid is a build­ing block that can never, and should never, impede creativity.

The leg­endary designer, Josef Müller-Brockmann, explained it well:

“The grid sys­tem is an aid, not a guar­an­tee. It per­mits a num­ber of pos­si­ble uses and each designer can look for a solu­tion appro­pri­ate to his per­sonal style. But one must learn how to use the grid; it is an art that requires practice.”

Another out­ra­geous claim is that grids are con­fin­ing. When used prop­erly, a grid will never limit or con­fine a design, it will grow and adapt to your lik­ing. If some­one tells you a grid gives you no free­dom, that per­son doesn’t fully under­stand the pur­pose of a grid or how it should be used. Grids are flex­i­ble and allow for an infi­nite num­ber of possibilities.

Graphic designer and writer Ellen Lup­ton explains:

“To say a grid is lim­it­ing is to say that lan­guage is lim­it­ing, or typog­ra­phy is limiting.”

Where peo­ple get con­fused is with the notion that a design uti­liz­ing a grid should look “grid-like”, giv­ing a clear indi­ca­tion of columns. For­tu­nately, that isn’t true, and this poster by Brock­mann is a great exam­ple. The text clearly falls on a grid but the con­cen­tric shapes have more of an organic feel, mak­ing the grid invisible.

Grids only benefit certain designs.

A grid can be used for ALL designs. I’ll repeat that. A grid can be used for ALL designs.

To sug­gest that only cer­tain designs can ben­e­fit from using a grid is to sug­gest that a struc­tural foun­da­tion can only ben­e­fit a cer­tain type of build­ing or that gram­mar is only use­ful for a cer­tain style of writ­ing. A grid is a foun­da­tion, and like with any archi­tec­tural struc­ture, it’s a vital part of the process.

Grids also do not sat­isfy a spe­cific aes­thetic. They do not require the use of Hel­vetica or the omis­sion of images. A grid can be applied to any style of design, no mat­ter if it’s scrap­booky, or clean and min­i­mal. You don’t have to design like Brock­mann to use a grid.

Here are two sites that exhibit com­pletely dif­fer­ent styles of design, but both make use of a grid.

Exam­ple 1 is pre­dom­i­nantly white, doesn’t fea­ture many col­ors or tex­tures and uses a sans-serif typeface.

Exam­ple 2 uses a larger vari­ety of col­ors, tex­tures and a serif typeface.

Grids require a lot of content.

The amount of con­tent in no way dic­tates whether a grid is required or not. A design needs to visu­ally com­mu­ni­cate an idea or mes­sage, whether it’s a 250 page story, or a 5 word sen­tence and an image. A grid helps achieve that goal through struc­ture, orga­ni­za­tion and hierarchy.

Grids slow down the design process.

The oppo­site is actu­ally true. A well-designed grid, used by a com­pe­tent designer, can help solve a design prob­lem in less time. A fully designed grid sys­tem will also pro­vide a con­sis­tent struc­ture and orga­ni­za­tion across a multi-page design, like a web site, mak­ing the process more efficient.

Grids only work in a fixed layout.

This is spe­cific to web design. Many peo­ple believe that a grid needs to be fixed and as a result can only gen­er­ate a fixed layout.

Not true.

A grid can be designed to be fluid and change with the view­port size, scal­ing itself proportionately.

A few arti­cles have been writ­ten on the sub­ject and there are even a few CSS frame­works available:

Fluid Grids
The Fluid Grid sys­tem
Fluid 960 Grid System

Conclusion

Hope­fully this arti­cle has helped clear up a few myths and mis­con­cep­tions about grids, and has allowed you to bet­ter under­stand the pur­pose of them and how they should be used.

If you’re inter­ested in learn­ing more about grid sys­tems, visit my site The Grid Sys­tem for help­ful links to arti­cles, tools, books and templates.        

68 Comments on "Myths & Misconceptions About Grid Systems"

  • I totally agree. I was fine with that arti­cle until it got to the dis­ad­van­tages points. This is my prob­lem with web design these days. Most of the HTML/CSS folks don’t have a print back­ground and prob­a­bly never learned about grid sys­tems. Or typog­ra­phy for that mat­ter. It’s ridicu­lous to think a grid is a trend or that it gets on the way. I think the only trendy thing is that peo­ple are mak­ing their under­ly­ing grid struc­tures vis­i­ble as back­ground images.

  • Thomas says

    Great post Antonio.

    This quote was the one that really baked my noo­dle: “reative designs should stick to more free­dom and not use a grid”.

    Well done on spend­ing the time to write an excel­lent well researched (and much bet­ter informed) response.

  • Bravo Anto­nio!

    This post belongs to the immutable bylaws of design.

    To the design­ers that don’t use grids: please hang your head and crawl qui­etly through the ser­vice exit.

    Theo

  • Dave says

    Great post Anto­nio. Totally agree with you.
    Dave

  • Thanks for spend­ing some time answer­ing to the orig­i­nal arti­cle. It’s really sad to know that unclear and dimin­ish­ing arti­cles are being pub­lished. It’s not fair for all of those who worked hard to show how much a grid can help with­out restrain­ing your creativity.

  • Excel­lent arti­cle, Anto­nio. I agree whole­heart­edly with every point you made.

    To those who think that grids some­how impede cre­ativ­ity: I don’t buy it. It’s a self­ish, stub­born and sub­jec­tive stance against some­thing that, in the end, has noth­ing to do with cre­ativ­ity at all.

    Also, Anto­nio, it’s nice to see a length­ier post here on AisleOne. Don’t get me wrong, I love the daily inspi­ra­tion, but I always enjoy an arti­cle that can get a good dia­logue started. Keep up the great work, man.

  • God Save The Grids!

  • Gregone says

    Thank you for writ­ing an elab­o­rate answer to that post. I was hop­ing some­one would do it.

  • It only ever seems log­i­cal to use a grid, it comes naturally.

  • Agree com­pletely, the men­tioned arti­cle was tru­ely terrible.

    Hav­ing con­fines inspires cre­ativ­ity, not con­strains it.

  • Thanks so very much for writ­ing a solid response to that arti­cle. :)

    Another mis­con­cep­tion, also fueled by arti­cles like that one, is that a grid is only ever made up of even-width ver­ti­cal columns. There are in fact many dif­fer­ent kinds of grids, and the grids being pushed by the CSS frame­works are just one kind.

  • I totally agree with you on every sin­gle point.

    I find it really infu­ri­at­ing to see arti­cles like the one that you pointed out, stat­ing that grids hin­der cre­ativ­ity RUBBISH!

    Great read!

  • Thank you for a bril­liant post.
    It is about time mis-information is dealt with it on the web.

  • This was a great response to that awful arti­cle, I hon­estly thought it was some kind of sick joke.

    I really liked your com­par­isons of the grid sys­tem to other ways of adding struc­ture to some­thing, such as the foun­da­tions of a build­ing or the writ­ten lan­guage; when you put it like that it’s crys­tal clear.

  • I feel another thing that fuels mis­con­cep­tions is the preva­lence of stock grids of (say) 960 pix­els, some­how the web has stum­bled upon the idea that 960 pix­els is a magic num­ber that ren­ders every­thing aes­thet­i­cally pleas­ing. The real­ity is (as was noted in Cameron Moll’s orig­i­nal arti­cle) that 960 just hap­pens to divide eas­ily, but this goes out the win­dow once you start vary­ing things like gutters.

    If a grid is anal­o­gous to gram­mar, then the 960 men­tal­ity is anal­o­gous to one person’s writ­ing style. It’s fine and dandy, but you have to seri­ously con­sider your rea­sons for imitation.

  • I can’t tell you what I thought of the orig­i­nal arti­cle with­out using some very rude words. Thank you for another great, con­cise post that cham­pi­ons grids with­out being dogmatic.

  • Beth says

    Great response, I felt a lit­tle bit of revile when I read the orig­i­nal article.

    I think the only dis­ad­van­tage is if you’re using an out of the box grid solu­tion and try­ing to force your con­tent into it. I think tools like 960 are great for learn­ing and pro­to­typ­ing, but how many web­sites actu­ally need a 12 col­umn grid?

    A good design should start with a solid grid, not try to force all it’s con­tent into a grid while writ­ing CSS.

  • Pjtr says

    On grids and cre­ativ­ity: “Grids don’t make dull lay­outs — design­ers do.” (Tim­o­thy Samara)

    Enough said.

  • Davide says

    Nice Clar­i­fi­ca­tion.
    And thanks for the links in there.

  • Excel­lent rebut­tal, Antonio!

    I’m sur­prised Web­De­sign­erDe­pot would allow such crap to be posted on their web­site. Glad some­one like you took a stand against it.

  • Matt says

    Thanks for this post.

    These design­ery blogs just seem to come to the con­clu­sion that every thing is a design trend.

    I think a lot of these peo­ple see ‘grid design’ as a trend which comes along with using Hel­vetica and white and black in the design — and that’s just not right.

    Good to see more peo­ple slam­ming these trend blogs — WDD, Smash­ing Mag­a­zine etc.

    This is exactly the same for the so called trend of art direc­tion in blogs — and Smash­ing Mag­a­zine looked a bit stu­pid for that last week.

  • Excel­lent response Antonio.

  • Great arti­cle!
    Learn­ing the grids is long process. Pro­ject­ing the grid is even harder because the grids are not stand alone solu­tion. If the grid con­tains text you first resolve the type and the typog­ra­phy issues and than the grid. Grids are just one way of orga­niz­ing your content.

    Unfor­tu­nately today we have many blogs that do copy paste con­tent or some­thing like “Top Ten Awe­some Super Cool …”

    Other thing that dis­turbs me in gen­eral if Jason Santa Maria says some­thing like “Don’t use the grids in every occa­sion” the peo­ple will inter­pret “Don’t use the grids at all”.

    @people: Use your head, damn it !

  • PatrickKanne says

    +1 on the “com­pletely agree, what a bril­liant arti­cle” bandwagon

  • Jeff says

    Like many other tools that design­ers (or any­one else for that mat­ter) have come up with, grid sys­tems can both be help­ful in the right set of hands, and unhelp­ful in the wrong ones.

  • Nicolas says

    Thanks for write this excel­lent arti­cle. Peo­ple nor­mally con­fuse design process and they think first you cre­ate a ran­dom grid, and then you try to put ele­ments inside, and it’s a wrong con­cep­tion. Grids are here to help us, and we should manip­u­late, dis­tort, and cre­ate grids to “con­tain” our cre­ative work. Grids are not a jail, are, like you said, foundations.

  • Yes, yes, it’s all true… But the arti­cle didn’t (or wouldn’t) com­ment on de prob­lems about grid sys­tems… Well not actu­ally on the sys­tems, but around ppl using it.

    And yes, it’s becom­ing trendy… The big­ger prob­lem there is overus­ing things most so called design­ers are not ready to… The trend, unfor­tu­nately, is screw­ing with grids, not using them properly.

    I’ve been using grids since some­one showed me what it was all about, in the mid 90’s, and I’ve really screwed things up now and then, but it was all part of the learn­ing process, and I didn’t start think­ing I new every lit­tle thing about grids jus’couse I found a small piece about it…

    Mas­ter­ing ANYTHING in life takes lot’s of study­ing and prac­tic­ing, not only push­ing some guide lines on some soft­ware and say­ing: “LOOK! It’s Swiss!!!”

    Not say­ing it was not a great arti­cle, not at all, but the mar­gins it leaves for “those ppl” to fuck things up using all the the­ory here to defend they’re pieces of humon­gous craps is just way too wide… And I’m just post­ing it because it already begun…

  • @Vladimir Car­rer:

    Other thing that dis­turbs me in gen­eral if Jason Santa Maria says some­thing like “Don’t use the grids in every occa­sion” the peo­ple will inter­pret “Don’t use the grids at all”.

    Hey! Don\‘t put words in my mouth, I would never say such a thing.

  • “Grids are a design trend.”

    There’s really no rea­son to read any­thing past that line.

  • I too read that arti­cle on Web­de­signer Depot just the other day, and was also con­cerned with its per­cep­tion of grid sys­tems. Thank you very much for point­ing out the misconceptions.

  • Tristan says

    Great con­cise arti­cle. This is proof that article-foundry blogs like wdd, smash­ing & all other ad-friendly sites can find their match with sim­ple yet supe­rior blogs like AisleOne. Good thing!

    Refresh­ing con­tent. Great work!!

  • @Jason Santa Maria: Sorry, for took you like an exam­ple. I was not intended to put words in your mouth. I have great respect for your work and your one of my favorite web designers.

    The try story is one guy told me that doesn’t make sense that I use “the rule of thirds” or “the golden pro­por­tion” for some of my web projects because he read on your blog. That is why I took your name like an exam­ple. Well known designer who influ­ence other designers.

    But, the point was that peo­ple can mis­in­ter­pret other words and thoughts.

    Let’s change the state­ment: If some impor­tant designer says: “Don’t use the grids in every occa­sion” the peo­ple will inter­pret “Don’t use the grids at all”.

  • Web­de­sign­erde­pot seem to have pulled the arti­cle curi­ously enough

  • Great write-up. the whole issue of the fixed grid mis­con­cep­tion is a very inter­est­ing one indeed. Thanks for the resources and addi­tional info on that.

  • I’ve heard indi­vid­u­als com­plain that grids hold you back but what most peo­ple don’t realise is that we cre­ate invis­i­ble grids all the time in our minds when design­ing to help align con­tent even in the most rad­i­cal designs. Grids do not mean that all con­tent is going to look like a news­pa­per… Use it as a guide thats what its there for.

  • A very thor­ough and com­pelling post. Grids should be worked with, not against.

  • As ever a great arti­cle Anto­nio and great response, unfor­tu­nately the orig­i­nal post has been pulled now so would of liked to of seen the writ­ers short­sight­ed­ness for myself!

    The best expla­na­tion for a using a grid was by Wim Crouwel over at Design Assembly’s blog

    ““(For me) a grid is like a foot­ball pitch. You see a beau­ti­ful game of foot­ball, and then you see a not so beau­ti­ful one, but it all takes place on the same pitch”.

  • Allan says

    Good arti­cle. I would, how­ever, include a caveat regard­ing the CSS frame­works you pointed out: most require a devel­oper to use non-semantic class names within the code. This is gen­er­ally A Bad Thing. A designer bas­ing a design on a grid is cer­tainly not a prob­lem (and should indeed be encour­aged!), but the frame­works’ that imple­ment a given grid do absolutely cause issues.

    I think that this is pos­si­bly where some of the “they impede cre­ativ­ity” and
    “it’s a trend” argu­ments come from; a site based on a grid *frame­work* can become cum­ber­some to develop and/or rede­velop for when “span_8” et al. is used all over the place instead of proper, descrip­tive semantics.

    I know there are com­pil­ers for some of the frame­works that attempt to work around this prob­lem, but they’re not widely imple­mented and require extra work after the fact.

    Just sayin’ :-) Yeah for Grids! BUT select your grid frame­works carefully!

  • juru mah says

    @oisin pren­diville

    more than that — it looks as if the article’s author (who was a pro­lific con­trib­u­tor to many ama­teur design ezines) has nuked her entire online pres­ence. Her twit­ter and face­book accounts are gone and her web­sites are down. She must have been incred­i­bly embarrassed.

  • If dia­monds are a girl’s best friend, grids are a designer’s best friend.

  • Unfor­tu­nate arti­cle and the author has obvi­ously felt the wrath of the design community.

    Grids are indeed often mis­un­der­stood and mis­rep­re­sented. They’re a very use­ful tool for graphic design and can be invalu­able for production.

    I’ve come across designs that were made with a con­cep­tual grid and a dif­fer­ent grid for pro­duc­tion for that very same design. The dif­fer­ence between the types and uses of grids causes all kinds of con­fu­sion.
    Most graphic design­ers that have done a lit­tle of their own DTP (quark/indesign) work would have expe­ri­enced this to some degree.
    If a designer has only worked on the web than they may have missed a trick or two. The front-end doesn’t need to fol­low the exact same grid to recre­ate the design. Pro­duc­tion usu­ally has its own rules.

    Just remem­ber, design is all around and every design dis­ci­pline uses grids, they come in all shapes and sizes. They cer­tainly don’t need to be strait lines. They can be two points on screen or a clotheshorse.

  • Can’t “grids” just be a well laid out page? I don’t under­stand what CSS has to do with it, besides posi­tion­ing ele­ments on the page that is pleas­ing to the eye.

  • WDD says

    The grid arti­cle by Kayla Knight that we posted wasn’t up to stan­dard. I’ve lis­tened to all the feed­back and decided to remove the article.

    As Stephen Covey says: Don’t argue for other people’s weak­nesses. Don’t argue for your own. When you make a mis­take, admit it, cor­rect it, and learn from it – immediately.

  • WDD & Kayla Knight: If your arti­cle is the one that was men­tioned above, I applaud your response. Not nec­es­sar­ily for pulling the arti­cle, but for hav­ing the strength to engage in the conversation.

    Graphic design is not a mys­ti­cal black box. All its pos­si­bil­i­ties can be quan­ti­fied, no mat­ter how hap­haz­ard the work.

  • in trends you should really point out that grids have been used for ‘thou­sands’ of years, around the 13th –14th cen­tury is a good exam­ple but also the usage goes back to as early as 2686 BC.

  • The great­est imped­i­ment to the use of grid sys­tems is the inher­ent mis­con­cep­tion that they deter­mine the design being cre­ated. Grids are noth­ing more than a guide by which graphic lay­outs can be quickly achieved. Ulti­mately the human eye (per­cep­tual) and the man­ner in which our brain asso­ciates form (cog­ni­tive) deter­mine whether a design is aes­thet­i­cally pleas­ing. The proof of this is the well-know prac­tice of opti­cally cor­rect­ing a mechan­i­cal lay­out. If grid sys­tems were the be-all and end-all means by which to design, there would be no need for adept design­ers to “clean up” lay­outs. Opti­cal cor­rec­tions to lay­outs (bal­ances of form and space) are needed as graphic form rela­tion­ships are so com­plex that a mechan­i­cal grid lay­out is sim­ply too coarse to prop­erly deal with con­tent. Using only grids to design is like using an AK-47 to hunt rab­bits – you’ll get the job done, but it’s not going to be pretty.

    This is where I think the major­ity of peo­ple equate grids with killing cre­atively – it’s because they see grids not as a tool, but rather as the only means to an end. Grids were never meant to be seen in this light – they are guides only. The human eye and the expe­ri­enced designer do a much bet­ter job of arrang­ing ele­ments in space to cre­ate beau­ti­ful and func­tional images.

    I was never taught how to use grids and didn’t use them until I really had to get work done quickly. But even today, I never start a project by lay­ing down a grid – I first deter­mine a text + image com­bi­na­tion that I think is appro­pri­ate (usu­ally it’s sim­ply just what I think looks good) and then I erect a grid sys­tem around that choice. Once all text and graphic forms are placed on the gird, numer­ous opti­cal adjust­ments in posi­tion­ing are made to cre­ate bet­ter balance.

    Work­ing strictly from an opti­cal point of view is of course pos­si­ble, and may even give bet­ter results, but is cer­tainly slower and only fea­si­ble if you are a very expe­ri­enced and tal­ented designer.

  • Two quotes on grids:

    ” The typo­graphic grid is a pro­por­tional reg­u­la­tor for com­po­si­tion, tables, pic­tures, etc. It is a for­mal pro­gramme to accom­mo­date x unknown items. The dif­fi­culty is: to find the bal­ance, the max­i­mum of con­for­mity to a rule with the max­i­mum of free­dom. Or: the max­i­mum of con­stants with the great­est pos­si­ble vari­abil­ity.” Karl Ger­st­ner, 1964

    ” Work­ing with the grid sys­tem means sub­mit­ting to laws of uni­ver­sal valid­ity.” Josef-Müller Brock­mann, 1981

  • Mike says

    Great arti­cle. In my expe­ri­ence the grid has actu­ally given me more free­dom. Who was the com­plete idiot who wrote the orig­i­nal arti­cle you were com­ment­ing on?

  • awe­some and well-written piece.

  • won­der­ful!
    thank you very much for the care of clear­ing that up.

  • hi anto­nio,
    a key point both your arti­cle and the one you’re address­ing miss is that wher­ever there is geo­met­ric har­mony and bal­ance, there is some sort of “grid” being fol­lowed, even if it’s not obvi­ous or intended. while it’s true that a grid can be used as a tool when under­stood, it’s exis­tence is sim­ply an out­come of spa­tial truth, just like musi­cal rela­tion­ships have a math­e­mat­i­cal to realm to them.

    to put it sim­ply, a grid just is. the designer doesn’t have a sway over its pres­ence or absence. his only choice is how to inter­act with it: rebel and cre­ate unre­solved ten­sions by always slightly chal­leng­ing where the grid wants to lead (like mak­ing atonal music), or make peace with it and cre­ate har­mony. human eyes, of course, pre­fer it when there’s har­mony, but if a skilled designer pro­ceeds to design with­out pay­ing mind to a grid as such, as i’m sure you’ve noticed, it ends up fol­low­ing some sort of grid any­way. an aware­ness of that grid is only just that: an aware­ness, which is knowl­edge (and as you’ve stated, it makes you more efficient).

    the prob­lem with the two exam­ples you pro­vided under “Grids only ben­e­fit cer­tain designs”, and the ones that are show­cased at http://​grid​-based​.com/, is that they all employ design sen­si­bil­i­ties where the under­ly­ing grid is clearly re-inforced by the lay­out. these show­cased sites just aren’t dif­fer­ent enough to strongly illus­trate your point that grids work with a wide range of styles. bet­ter exam­ples would be those where the grid is less appar­ent but exis­tent nonethe­less, though i admit these are more dif­fi­cult to find.

    here’s my fee­ble attempt:
    hap­py­in­greenville com
    opi­um­magazine com /opium9/
    noonebe­long­sh­er­e­morethanyou com

    any­how, the real­ity is that your skill as a designer relies in an under­stand­ing of the grid, not in nec­es­sar­ily re-enforcing it. as they say, you must know the rules in order to break them. your deci­sions must be inten­tional and informed, either way.

    inci­den­tally, this double-sided truth is per­haps illus­trated by the fact that i find that ellen lup­ton quote dubi­ous, sim­ply because it’s a poor anal­ogy. if it’s any­thing plenty of bril­liant writ­ers have lamented about, it’s how they feel lim­ited by lan­guage. sure, writ­ers are more artic­u­late than oth­ers, but their real strength is col­lec­tion and pro­cess­ing of infor­ma­tion, whether it’s feel­ing or think­ing, and i doubt that they are ever 100% con­tent with how they can express these with language.

  • sara­hana, some great points.

    Like you’ve stated, it’s in our nature to design to a grid, even if we’re not using one.

    By the way, the St. Fran­cis site is beau­ti­ful. Well done.

  • Anto­nio I thor­oughly enjoyed this. I am glad some­one is tak­ing a stand on all the garbage that we have to wade through to find good con­tent online. It makes it hard to deter­mine what is good and what is bad. I think that if more peo­ple stand up and make clear posts (like this one) in their respec­tive areas the web for research can be A LOT cleaner and more infor­ma­tive.
    Cheers,

  • hi again — i just responded to your tweet, but wanted to clar­ify here as well that the st. fran­cis web­site isn’t by me. i was just mak­ing a mod­est attempt to list the kind of exam­ples i was talk­ing about. the web­site is by the *amaz­ing* folks at grow inter­ac­tive: http://​www​.thi​sis​grow​.com

    and it really really makes me want to be happy in greenvile :)

  • A great arti­cle regard­ing grids, I am really happy that there many qual­ity facts pre­sented here there­fore many things to learn.
    Good job, Antonio!

    P.S: I’m glad WDD realised what it was all about.

  • Kim H says

    I agree, how­ever, I think that grids are, them­selves, also a crutch used by peo­ple who don’t yet fully under­stand spac­ing in a design and how to use it prop­erly. Once a per­son can prop­erly use the Golden Sequence in order to lay out a design, I think that they should be able to visu­ally set up their own grid within their design, rather than rely­ing upon the grids of others.

  • Grids are not a crutch at all that’s sim­ply inac­cu­rate! golden ratio or not there is no way that you are going to get con­sis­tant results by eye espe­cially if you then have to hand off a design or lay­out for pro­duc­tion else­where. Grids enable a design to be fol­lowed to exe­cu­tion to a rule. Design is about pro­vid­ing a solu­tion and that solu­tion must pro­vide a pur­pose. Grids are a frame­work for this.

  • jeromeM says

    Good read. Thank.

  • Tushar says

    What’s wor­ry­ing is that there are so many design­ers who use grid as the end, and not the means. That’s prob­a­bly why it seems to appear as a trend to some people.

    Nice arti­cle, thank you.

  • Very good arti­cle. I totally agree with you.
    Alex

  • Could not agree more, it is a fun­da­men­tal part of design and can only lead to a strong design if used properly.

    It was one of the defin­ing fac­tors when I planned out satel­lite­soda as I knew it would lead to a stronger design and make things easier.

    Great arti­cle.

  • Dmitry Koprov says

    Greet­ings!
    Thanks for the arti­cle! It was intrest­ing to read.
    I’ve trans­lated it into Russ­ian, hope, you don’t mind.

  • Very inter­est­ing arti­cle there, argu­ment well made, as a aspir­ing web designer, I want to thank you for tak­ing the time to share your knowl­edge. Thanks

  • And Clarke devoted an entire chap­ter to grid-based design in “Tran­scend­ing CSS,” very much in agree­ment with your points here. Any designer who hasn’t yet read this book should do so. :)
    http://​www​.tran​scend​ingcss​.com/

  • Thanks for tak­ing the time to dis­cuss that, I feel strongly about it and also love learn­ing more on that topic. If achiev­able, while you gain know-how, would you mind updat­ing your blog with more infor­ma­tion? It is extremely help­ful for me.

  • Sherlyn says

    Hi, yup thіs paгagraph is reallу fаѕtidious
    and I have leаrned lot of things from it con­cern­ing blog­ging.
    thanks.

  • Hi there, this week­end is fas­tid­i­ous in sup­port of me, since
    this point in time i am read­ing this won­der­ful infor­ma­tive arti­cle here at my residence.