AMA: Brad Frost, Web Designer

7 years ago from Brad Frost, Brad Frost Web

  • Scot Angus, 7 years ago

    Hi Brad - first of all, thanks a million for giving back so much to the community. If you don't already have it, super hero status awaits!

    Okay, here's my question: what are your thoughts on baseline grids for use in a layout grid, and how do you go about creating them? Gridlover seems to do it all for you, but I want to understand it more deeply. Seems like you could manipulate several values to do it, but which do you find the best?

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    • Brad FrostBrad Frost, 7 years ago

      Oh jeez. I tend to avoid conversations about grids. I don't really feel strongly one way or the other on grid systems. If grids work really well for your team or you have a tool you gravitate towards, then cool! Go for it.

      Personally, Don't Overthink It Grids by Chris Coyier really resonated with me. In my own work, I tend to establish a few layout patterns that lets me do what I need to do. I want to put things side by side, in thirds, in quarters. Sometimes I'll have a two-thirds/one-third thing going on. But yeah that's about it. I don't tend to apply any crazy grid systems to my work. To be quite honest, I still don't understand them, and this is as somebody that basically lives at web design conferences.

      While I'm not a treasure trove of knowledge when it comes to grids, I will say to check out Rachel Andrew's new book, Get Ready for CSS Grid Layout. And if you're interested in responsive grid systems, I've rounded up a bunch of them here.

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