Reusable Divisions Of Space: Grids And Modular Design

For the last few weeks I’ve been digging into the concept of modularity as it relates to web design. Last week I moved from modular content creation to modular design and considered how abstracting out components and patterns could lead to flexibility, efficiency, and a consistent visual language. There was one aspect of design that I didn’t talk about and that was modularizing the space of the canvas.
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The Benefits Of Modular Design

In the mid 1930s, Frank Lloyd Wright developed what he termed Usonian homes (PDF). They were designed to control costs during the great depression. They had no basement, no attic, and little in the way of ornamentation. They were built from inexpensive and modular concrete blocks.
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14 Questions With Smashing Magazine’s Vitaly Friedman

A few weeks ago I had the privilege of interviewing Vitaly Friedman, CEO and Editor in Chief of Smashing Magazine. I asked Vitaly 14 questions about himself, the Smashing Magazine site, the books the company publishes, and finally the recent conference they hosted.
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The Five Elements Of Modular And Adaptive Content

When the word modular comes up in a conversation about web design, it’s usually in regards to the code. Object oriented programming on the backend, separating structure, presentation, and behavior on the front end, or perhaps the reuse of certain visual patterns like buttons across the site.
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Does The Web Design Industry Have A Conceptual Core?

I often talk about choosing a concept to lead your design; a central idea that provides the underlying logic, thought, and reasoning for most of the decisions that follow. A concept is a constraint you create to guide you.
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