Ordering Disorder: Grid Principles for Web Design (Voices by Khoi Vinh

By Khoi Vinh

The grid has lengthy been a useful instrument for developing order out of chaos for designers of all kinds—from urban planners to architects to typesetters and photo artists. lately, internet designers, too, have come to find the impressive energy that grid-based layout can have the funds for in growing intuitive, immersive, and gorgeous consumer experiences.

Ordering Disorder offers a definitive tackle grids and the net. It presents either the large principles and the brass-tacks thoughts of grid-based layout. Readers are guaranteed to come away with a willing knowing of the ability of grids, in addition to the layout instruments had to enforce them for the realm extensive Web.

Khoi Vinh is across the world famous for bringing the tried-and-true rules of the typographic grid to the realm broad internet. he's the previous layout Director for NYTimes.com, the place he consolidated his attractiveness for enhanced person adventure layout. He writes and lectures generally on layout, expertise, and tradition, and has released the preferred web publication Subtraction.com for over a decade.

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Most text columns, for example, require two or more units to be workable. A grid system of, say, sixteen units can be combined into two columns of eight units each, or four columns of four units each, and so on. regions Regions are groupings of similar columns that form parts of the page. For example, in a four-column grid, the first three columns from the left might make up a single region for the display of one kind of content, and the remaining column might form another region. , fields are measured in height) that help a designer to visually pace the placement of elements on the Y-axis.

Com Research and constraints We first judge truly good design not by its beauty or its innovativeness or its efficiency, but rather by how well it responds to its original problem. Successful solutions demand that the designer grasp the problem presented to her and the constraints within which she’s working. The designer has to ask and understand the answer to questions such as: who is the audience, what is the context, when will the solution be encountered, how will the solution be used—and even why is the solution necessary?

These wireframes do much of the job for us; in fact they function as documentation of many (though not all) of the constraints that inform the project. At this point, we won’t account for the constraints presented by every template throughout the site. Instead, we’ll focus on the four major templates that will form the basis of the majority of pages. If we design our solution thoughtfully, we trust that whatever grid we develop can be easily applied or adapted to the less critical templates later on.

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