I agree with David: most pre-rolled grid “solutions” are way too complicated. And in any case, applying a pre-existing grid framework for a new project seems kind of like applying a pre-existing colour palette.
As David points out, it really needn’t be so complicated.
An excerpt from Mark’s forthcoming book, which promises to be magnificent.
A really nice piece on scale, ratio and rhythms in web design.
Josh writes about the importance of using rules and systems as tools without being bound by them.
This is interesting, not because it’s yet another grid framework (which I never use anyway) but because of the way it’s doing layout: with border-box and inline-block, rather than floats. If you’re only serving up your layout styles to browsers that support media queries (which would discount older versions of IE anyway), this could make a lot of sense.
Luke catalogues layout patterns in responsive designs.
The thought process behind trying to abstract class names that are used for layout in responsive designs (and can therefore refer to different widths depending on the context). Here, the author settles on letters. In the past, I’ve approached the same kind of abstraction by using latinised names.
The process behind the mobile-first responsive design of audiovroom.com.
A great in-depth look at the tricky problem of advertising in responsive design from Mark.
Sheer brilliance: taking the street grid of Manhattan and extending it to cover the entire world. For the record, I live near the intersection of east 11,303rd avenue and 63,475th street.
On the importance of using a fluid grid in responsive design.
A framework for banging out ready-made responsive designs.
Rob documents how he approached his first responsive design.
The process behind a responsive realignment …and the end result is very nice indeed.
A set of default styles to get started on a mobile-first responsive design.
In this interview Mark discusses the “content out” rather than “canvas in” thinking that informs his new canon.
I’m usually not a fan of CSS “frameworks” but I like the thinking that’s gone into this fluid, responsive system. I particularly like this advice:
Take it apart, steal the parts that you like, and adapt them to your own way of working.
Some great, considered thoughts from Mark on how CSS Grid Layout could work as part of a larger tradition in design.
A nice little demo of the “content out” approach to responsive design.
A fluid grid that linearises at smaller viewport widths.
Paul takes an in-depth look at the new BBC design guidelines.
Superb article by Ethan on calculating percentages for liquid layouts. Read it. Do it.
A handy tool for planning grids. Limited, alas, to pixels.
The Grid System is a resource for all designers to learn about the benefits of using grid systems, golden ratios and baseline grids.
Mark's book is almost ready. Really. It's got its own site and everything so it must be true.
Weekly gallery of popular websites reconstructed by removing all words and images, replacing them with blocks.
A gallery of minimally designed websites. There are some lovely grid/type-based designs on view here.
Ethan has redesigned. It's shiny and beautifully proportioned.
Richard has launched the redesign he's had bubbling away for a while now. 'Tis lovely and gridilicous.
A handy tool for calculating grid and gutter widths although you'll still have to some calculating to get the figures to work in percentages (assuming you're designing for the Web).
Here's another CSS framework for grids. It could prove to be very useful for wireframing.
Good typography + stylish grid + liquid layout = WIN!
A nice overview of avoiding clutter in web design. It's not just about whitespace; the number of edges and gradients can also add up to an undifferentiated design.
Here's a handy little bookmarklet that overlays a grid on a web page—very handy for tweaking vertical rhythm and aligning to a baseline.
Pulling together a bunch of CSS tricks from a range of sources: reseting, baseline typography and grids (fixed width, unfortunately).
In the same way that moving a mouse on a desk corresponds to moving a cursor on a screen, you can now, using a simple grid, easily direct people to the area of the back you want scratched.
Mark has launched his business site. Lovely grids and typography, as you'd expect.
A really nice article by Jesse Bennett-Chamberlain detailing the process behind a site design.
Khoi has posted the slides from his grids workshop online. Download and learn.
A handy tool for creating grids using Yahoo's CSS.
Molly has written a great article about CSS and urban planning. The ensuing comments are sometimes thought-provoking, but mostly just plain antfucking.
Mark is beginning a new five part series similar to his one on typography. If you haven't done so yet, subscribe to his RSS feed.