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For all of the advantages the web has with distribution of content, I’ve always lamented the handiness of the WYSIWYG design tools from the print publishing world. When I set out to redesign my personal website , I wanted to have some of the same abilities that those tools have, laying out pages how I saw fit, and that meant a flexible system for dealing with imagery. Building on some of the CSS that Eric Meyer employed a few years back on the A List Apart design, I created a set of classes to use together to achieve the variety I was after. Employing multiple classes isn’t a new technique, but most examples aren’t coming at this from strictly editorial and visual perspectives; I wanted to have options to vary my layouts depending on content. If you want to skip ahead, you can view the example first.
Griddy: Simple Grid Overlay Plugin for jQuery Often when I’m designing layouts, I know I want to create x number of columns that are spaced y pixels apart. Usually I do the math in my head or if I’m feeling super lazy, I pull out my calculator. While playing with grid overlays earlier today, I decided to make a plugin that automatically calculates column width and row height based on the number of rows or columns present and overlays an appropriately sized grid. Griddy is a small JQuery plugin thats creates a simple, customizable grid overlay on top of any element. It can also calculate row heights and column widths automatically based on the number of rows/columns and gutter space.