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May 14, 2011 / X_Y

Learning in Progress: Grid System

Seems like an interesting topic to read more about…

What

A grid is an invisible structure used to guide the placement of elements on your page.

A grid is a technique that comes from print design but easily be applied to web design as well.

Grid-based Layout

A typographic grid is a two-dimensional structure made up of a series of intersecting vertical and horizontal axes used to structure content. The grid serves as an armature on which a designer can organize text and images in a rational, easy to absorb manner.

Wikipedia

Example of Grid System Based Page Layout (source:Grid-based Layout)

Why

The grid creates a systematic and consistent rule for placing objects. It creates a visual rhythm. It makes it easier and more pleasant for the eye to scan the objects on the page. Page designs that do not use a grid often tend to look ‘messy’ or ‘unprofessional’.

Grid-based Layout


How

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.

Josef Müller-Brockmann

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