Grid-Based Web Design Style
Analysis & Showcase:
Grid-based layout has become a very popular trend in modern web design. In this design trend, there are horizontal and vertical lines that determine the place of design elements. A grid (a technique that originally comes from print design) is simply a series of intersecting horizontal and vertical lines spaced at regular intervals. It is an invisible framework that lends a sense of structure and balance to a site and improves usability for the visitors by creating predictable patterns for them. Therefore, it helps the users to better understand how to navigate a site.
Modular grids are often combined with images to create a patchwork quilt layout that neatly presents a large amount of content in a small space. Additionally, the inconsistent interpretation of CSS across browsers has further increased the usage of this design style which is more browser-compatible. Because of the structured nature of a grid-based design where the basic layout's elements are already in place, the design process becomes simplified. The development time, therefore, is greatly reduced accordingly. As designer Troy Templeman states, “grids speed up the design process by helping designers decide where content should be placed rather than where it could be placed.”
The Grid-based design style is very versatile and has been extensively utilized by many websites. Since modular layout gives an order to the design elements, it is an appropriate choice for portfolio or online store sites when you need to showcase your work or products in the most organized way. Furthermore, grid based layouts are adaptable. It is not true that grids are only appropriate for fixed-width layouts. It is an effective style when the website design has a responsive layout, where using grids for adapting to smaller view ports is needed.