Mark Boulton – Designing grid systems

Web Directions @media 2010, Southbank Centre London, June 10 2.40pm.

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Session description

Grid systems have been used in print design, architecture and interior design for generations. Now, on the web, the same rules of grid system composition and usage no longer apply. Content is viewed in many ways; from RSS feeds to email. Content is viewed on many devices; from mobile phones to laptops. Users can manipulate the browser, they can remove content, resize the canvas, resize the typefaces. A designer is no longer in control of this presentation. So where do grid systems fit in to all that?

About Mark Boulton

Mark Boulton PortraitMark Boulton is a graphic designer from the UK. He’s worked in Sydney, London and Manchester as an Art Director for clients such as the BBC, T-Mobile, British Airways, and Toyota. Mark now runs his own design studio, Mark Boulton Design. A stickler for applied typographic and design theory, Mark is an active member of the International Society of Typographic Designers and writes a design journal at

Follow Mark on Twitter: @markboulton

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  1. Really great, thank you so much for this. The little bit history is a great lead in.

    While I’m sure lazy pre-made grid systems will continue to exist I plan on doing most of the grunt work myself from now on – from the content out.

  2. This was fascinating… I am interested in finding out more about the studies that allowed visitors to switch between mobile view and standard view on their iPhones. I think I’d prefer to experience websites 1 way, regardless of my device. Seems to fit well with Steve Krug’s “don’t make me think” philosophy. Besides, I can scroll up and down *and* left and right. ;0)

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  5. With havin so much content do you ever run into any problems of plagorism or
    copyright infringement? My website has a lot of completely unique content I’ve either written myself or outsourced but it appears a lot of it is popping it up all over the web without my agreement. Do you know any solutions to help protect against content from being stolen? I’d definitely appreciate it.