Grids on the web: a primer

Posted on by Mark

We get asked a lot about ‘where to start’ with grids. What books to buy, articles to read online, videos to watch. Luckily for us, grid systems have been written about for the past fifty years and there are some great resources to read, and work to study, to try and understand grid theory and…

Break out of the 12 column rut

Posted on by Nathan

Cramming text and images into the same-old 12-Column Grid System™ hurts your content. We shouldn’t be abstracting our layout options into one-size-fits-all downloads, but should instead be designing grid systems that are custom-tailored to our content. esigning bespoke grid systems provides you with distinct advantages…

Gridset, meet Education. Education, meet Gridset.

Posted on by Nathan

We’ve been talking, writing and adding features to support new ways of looking at grids and composition and to make our tool crucial to a web designer’s process. It’s our mission to not only make responsive layouts easier, but to push the boundaries of what designers attempt with layout on the web, and we see education as central to this goal.

One year, one massive update

Posted on by Nathan

A couple of weeks ago we celebrated the one-year anniversary of launching Gridset. Well, we didn’t so much celebrate as quietly let it slip by as we were busy making major realignments to some of Gridset’s core features. You see, even 12 months ago when we launched publicly, we knew we hadn’t nailed the perfect responsive layout platform, but this latest set of features and improvements brings us mighty close.

Grids Anywhere

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You may have noticed the Gridset overlay has been changing. Beyond aesthetic iterations, we have also implemented a new engine for displaying grids on your site that allows you to place a grid overlay on any element you like. This is the beginning of a very exciting (excuse our enthusiasm) round of improvements to the overlay, the underpinning abilities of the app, and how our users can build responsive layouts.

New subscription pricing

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As of right now, the price of our Unlimited Subscription has been permanently dropped to only $9 per month, or $90 per year. (£6 / £60 in the UK.) That’s a 50% drop from our previous rates. The Unlimited Subscription gives users the freedom to experiment with new layouts – trying numerous grid sets for one project. By offering our subscription at a lower price, we hope to encourage more designers to push the limits of Gridset, and therefore push the limits of layout on the web.

Design’s underwear

Posted on by Nathan

Celebrated designer Massimo Vignelli on great book design: “The grid is an integral part of the book design. It’s not something that you see, physically. It’s just like underwear: You wear it, but it’s not to be exposed. So the grid is the underwear of the book.” His thoughts here are immediately applicable to great…

New: Notification Settings

Posted on by Nathan

If you have recently enjoyed a free trial of Gridset, you probably received some emails from us about the end of your trial. We feel it is important to let people know that their grid set assets will not be available after the end of their trial, so we set up these reminders to help users make sure they are not cut off from the files they need. As these notifications are tied to your account, and not our marketing emails, they cannot be unsubscribed from, but they can now be turned off.

Antiphonal Geometry

Posted on by Nathan

Owen Gregory’s talk at Responsive Day Out sufficiently blew the audience’s collective mind… or maybe just mine. In an intense 20 minutes, he explored the idea of deriving geometric ratios from music to help us better understand our design space, and build harmony in our designs.

Working with breakpoints

Posted on by Nathan

Breakpoints, in responsive design, are screen (or browser) sizes where elements of a design break due to spatial limits. At Mark Boulton Design (the design studio behind Gridset), we have recently started identifying two types of breakpoints: Macro and Micro.