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The Grid System

Antonio Carusone’s got a new site dedicated to the ever wonderful grid. Aptly titled The Grid System, the site’s filled with articles, tools, books, and templates to help you design grid systems for both web and print. Perfect for the anal retentive designer.

Clearly inspired by Khoi Vinh’s Subtraction, the site’s design is clean and conforms to a strict grid. If you’re curious, you can even make the grid visible.

Antonio’s goal is to create “the ultimate resource in grid systems. So far, he’s off to great start.

Thanks to Sean for sending this my way!

Note: I’m still alive. I’m working through some emotional and personal issues right now. Thanks for bearing with me.


  • Sketchee

    gravatarDec 2, 2008
    10:23 pm

    Thwhanks for showing me this site! Also check out the book –œMaking and Breaking the Grid: A Graphic Design Layout Workshop– by Timothy Samara. We can never learn too much about the grid

  • Mitesh

    gravatarDec 3, 2008
    2:14 pm

    Why don’t create some posts on the design process for a online portfolio and how one would create it? This would be helpful?

  • Patrick in Tulsa

    gravatarDec 5, 2008
    6:46 am

    I am not only bearing with you- I am one of those anonymous supporters- actively wanting good things for you. You willingness to share your knowledge does not create an expectation from me, only appreciation. Best wishes and continued thanks for a great resource.

  • F1 Banners

    gravatarDec 12, 2008
    12:18 am

    This layout can work for lists like the home page of the site you link to – however flowing content like paragraphs of text are a lot more difficult to layout like this since we don’t know the length each cell (in the grid) needs to be to accomodate the text. This is why websites use a columned layout with “cleared” rows, not strict spacing like in the example you show.

  • Andres Urena S

    gravatarDec 12, 2008
    5:09 pm

    where are you man? looking forward to seeing more of your posts… hope you¡re doing well on your issues. bests


  • Patrick Algrim

    gravatarDec 22, 2008
    7:22 am

    I have been a big follower and supporter of the grid system. In fact, I have had plenty of discussions on my own Web site about it. From my discussions, most people find it to be somewhat of a rule that they don’t want to follow. Although after this Web site was released, the trend started to blow up even more, and people are now starting to support it. Seems interesting to me. Antonio did a great job with the Web site though! Thanks for listing it!

  • Very Evolved

    gravatarJan 8, 2009
    9:55 pm

    I’m a neuroscientist and I think the reason the grid system is so appealing is because it easily allows you to see when symmetry is perturbed – Something the brain is hard wired to spot. For example it’s the very slight asymmetry in peoples faces that can convey beauty, while images of faces that have been altered to be mirror images of one side are consistently flagged by peoples brains as less appealing.

    There’s a surprising amount of biology in web design when you think about it


  • Frank

    gravatarFeb 10, 2009
    10:43 am

    We are also obsessed with grids – and use Blueprint as the backbone for some of our web projects. Check it out at http://www.blueprintcss.org/ Frank

  • cri

    gravatarMar 17, 2009
    7:41 am

    not sure what the grid is about but like it, anyone to explain practical application please? thanks!!!