Reflection “Grids in Web Design”

The focus of this article is exploring grids and their positive contribution to web design’s organization. What I found was an interesting fact was during the 13th century, grids were considered a secret in the trade of bookmaking, because they were a tool for creating the perfect page. The article defines the different parts of grids: unit, column, region, field, gutter, and baseline grid. It goes on to describe mathematical proportions of harmony, logic, and beauty: the golden ratio, the fibonacci sequence, and the rule of thirds. It gives reasons for why we should use grids, and those are: to save time and money, they help with simpler designs and visual balance, a guided and great user experience, and easier maintenance of the website.

From reading this article I am more convinced to use grids in my own web or other graphic designs and I am excited to try it. I am inexperienced with it — I’ve only used grids once or twice before. I’ve realized that they take practice in order to use them beneficially, but they are worth it. I definitely need more experience though. It helped to have clear definitions of what each component of a grid is, because I wasn’t sure before. I thought that a column was a unit — that they were the same. But now I know that a unit is smaller than a column and a column is generally a group of units that are used for content, while units are the building blocks to the page. This knowledge gives me more freedom in my designs. Also I did not realize that baseline grids, aligning the bottom of the text, were so important.

This article gave me credible examples and historical facts of people who utilized grids and that is enough for me to want to try it too.

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