How to Use Grid Layouts in Modern Web Design

The use of grid layouts in web design projects (modern) is something modern in the industry of web designers to seek great site designs. However, this concept is not new since the idea of the grid was very well present in the world of Engineering and architecture where accuracy of precision is pretty vital.

In fact as idea perse, grid theory has been in our society since thousands of years before, where proportion has more importance unlike the structure. So how is it relevant to graphic and web design? You must be aware of the fact how the logical guidelines create aesthetically pleasing compositions that appears both structured and balanced.

The Grid Layouts: Of late, web designers have started using the grid layouts in the modern web design for various reasons. First and foremost they render the unparalleled structure and organization, which supports to develop a predictable rhythm and a feel of familiarity with the design.

As we see how the web is becoming an important publication at the global level, the web designers need to simplify the procedure of designing through Grid layouts. The grid based designs are known to be a stable website since we see the use of frameworks as the common practice. The second reason why these are in use is the fact that they are extremely user friendly.

They support the trend to read any page from the left to right. They can be accessed by visitors coming from any device be it their old computer or any mobile device. Since this grid based sites have the flexibility to resize itself according to the browsing device hence they are becoming popular in the world of Internet. The best examples are the Newspaper websites.

Check the New York Times website, you will find how the effective use of grid layout helps to manage and present any large content with brevity and in a beautiful way.

So, how it works?

Grids are made by persistently sub dividing the available canvas area by a ratio. However, in a website design, we do not have something called Canvas area; also we have browsers which come in different sizes, scrolling and so on.

So how do the web designers use this idea of the grid? He simply works with the column, baseline and situational sub divisions. When you calculate the baselines and you have the boxes in hand, it’s time to use the golden ratio division (aka phi), the rule of thirds, Fibonacci pattern.

By wrapping up features you can see these grids more usable and visual and thus their effective use can never hamper your creativity. Some of the examples of grid based frameworks include 960 grid system, grid system generator and semantic.

Final word: So you see how using grid based web designs are gaining popularity in the market. The number of benefits including the user friendliness, capacity of having lots of volume in a small space and helping your creativity has propelled many web designers to take it very seriously.

Hence you will find more and more web designers adopting this method and embarking with good and really creative designs. At the same time you have a number of opportunities to experiment with the grids. When you can break your design using the grids, they can actually render you the opportunity to see your design in various ways and angles.

These breaking of grids can alleviate the monotony and encourage creativity in the web designs. You can try concepts like disharmony, ordered chaos, asymmetrical balance to give new life to your website. Lastly where do you stand, do you love to experiment with grids and make the sky the limit or still want to stick to the old and traditional way of web designing.

The choice is yours, whether you want to fly or lag behind the world, as its competition, others won’t stop, they will have the Grid Power.


Rebecca is a blogger and writer. She loves to write on entertainment and fashion. Recently she wrote an article on new fashion, which was liked a lot by readers. These days she is planning to write an article on sustainable design.


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