Grid design

Tuesday 18 January 2005

I am not a graphic designer, but I have long admired what they do. One of the things I like about the hassle of rolling my own blogging software is the chance to do a little bit of design, both cosmetic and interactional. Khoi Vinh is a graphic designer, and shows his skill with his new improved design. This is a classic example of a grid design, where a page (or screen) is conceptually divided into a grid. The grid serves as a foundation for the content fitted into it, and ensures a consistency of geometry to the page. Interestingly, though the grid is intended as a constraint on the structure of the page, a hallmark of the technique is the flexibility of deciding how to place content within the grid. See Khoi's illustration of his grid for a demonstration.

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