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Modern Layouts: Getting Out of Our Ruts

D83926c323d4f9289f947b4b4e76b939?s=47 Jen Simmons
November 02, 2015

Modern Layouts: Getting Out of Our Ruts

In the early years of the web, there was a lot of variation and experimentation with where to put content on a web page. Then, it seems, we all settled into a handful of patterns and stayed there for over a decade. It wasn’t until the arrival of responsive design that new ideas for page layout started appearing. Now with new CSS properties for layout landing in browsers, we may be about to see a bigger renaissance in layout design patterns. How can we better use the space inside the glass rectangle? What layout innovations could help users better find and focus on what they want? Take a walk through where we’ve been, where we might be going, and how we can better design for the true medium at hand. This talk features practical examples of what's newly possible, along with access to a code repo for you to play with later.

I gave this presentation dozens of times. This is the last version of the one-hour talk, given in 2015.

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Jen Simmons

November 02, 2015
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  1. MODERN LAYOUTS Getting Out of Our Ruts THE WEB AHEAD

    thewebahead.net JEN SIMMONS @jensimmons An Event Apart 2015
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  15. The most prominent result from the new eyetracking studies is

    not actually new.  We simply confirmed for the umpteenth time that banner blindness is real.  —Jakob Nielsen, August 20, 2007, Banner Blindness: Old and New Findings
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  24. drawing by Dave Ellis novolume.co.uk

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  48. The medium shapes the medium.

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  50. There’s a world of Graphic Design older than the web.

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  57. vogue.com

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  69. Layout should serve the content.

  70. MAGAZINES

  71. 1.

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  75. CSS Shapes

  76. <h1>Jeremy Keith</h1> <img src=“jeremykeith.jpg"> <p>Jeremy Keith lives in Brighton, England

    where he makes websites with the splendid design agency Clearleft.</p>
  77. img { float: left; margin-right: 2em; margin-bottom: 0.5em; }

  78. img { float: left; margin-right: 2em; margin-bottom: 0.5em; shape-outside: circle();

    }
  79. Working Draft Last Call Candidate
 Recommendation Proposed
 Recommendation Recommendation CSS

    Shapes, Level 1 March 20, 2014 w3.org/TR/css-shapes-1
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  83. shape-outside: circle(); shape-outside: ellipse(); shape-outside: border-box; shape-outside: inset(0px round
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    border-box; shape-outside: url(http://
 example.com/image.jpg); shape-margin: 30px;
  84. labs.thewebahead.net

  85. github.com/jensimmons/thelayoutsahead

  86. img { width: 50%; float: left; margin-right: 30px; margin-bottom: 30px;

    shape-outside: ellipse(50% 50%); }
  87. img { width: 60%; float: left; margin-right: 30px; margin-bottom: 30px;

    shape-outside: polygon(50% 0, 100% 50%, 50% 100%, 0 50%); }
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  95. Shapes Level 1 — NOW! shape-outside: foo(); Shapes Level 2

    — Later shape-inside: foo();
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  102. main { transform: 
 rotate(-10deg); }

  103. h1 { transform:
 rotate(-90deg); }

  104. h1 { float: left; padding-bottom: 200px; transform: 
 rotate(-45deg); shape-outside:

    
 polygon(nonzero, -58px 80.55%, 75.95% -70px, 89.55% -33.65%, -13.4% 121.45%); }
  105. main { width: 300px; } @media (min-width: 500px) { main

    { background: red; transform: rotate(-10deg); } } @media (min-width: 700px) { main { background: green; transform: rotate(-20deg); } } @media (min-width: 900px) { main { width: 400px; background: blue; transform: rotate(-30deg); } }
  106. transform: rotate

  107. Working Draft Last Call Candidate
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 Recommendation Recommendation CSS

    Transforms, Level 1 Nov 26, 2013 w3.org/TR/css-transforms-1
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  113. Multiple Column Layout

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  116. article { max-width: 500px; margin: 0 auto; }

  117. article { column-count: 2; column-gap: 2em; }

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  119. article { // column-count: 2; column-width: 200px; column-gap: 2em; }

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  121. img { width: 100%; } article { column-width: 200px; column-gap:

    2em; column-rule: 
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    Multicolumn Layout April 12, 2011 w3.org/TR/css3-multicol
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  135. <main role="main"> <img src="../images/GraceHopper.jpg"> <div> <h1>Grace Hopper</h1> <p>Grace Murray Hopper

    (December 9, 1906 – January 1, 1992) was an American computer scientist and United States Navy rear admiral. A pioneer in the field, she was one of the first programmers of the Harvard Mark I computer, and invented the first compiler for a computer programming language...</p> </div> </main>
  136. img { float: left; margin-right: 2em; width: 50%; } div

    { padding: 2em; }
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  138. img { float: left; margin-right: 2em; // width: 50%; height:

    100vh; } div { padding: 2em; }
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  140. img { float: left; margin-right: 2em; width: 50vw; height: 100vh;

    } h1 { font-size: 6vw; }
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  142. <header> <h1>Full-height “Cover Sheets” are the new Splash Page</h1> </header>

    <p>Lorum ipsum article content…</p>
  143. header { border: 20px solid #000; background: yellow; padding: 3em

    6em; } h1 { font-size: 10vw; margin-top: 0; text-align: center; }
  144. header { border: 20px solid #000; background: yellow; padding: 3em

    6em; height: 100vh; } h1 { font-size: 10vw; margin-top: 0; text-align: center; }
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  147. Viewport Units

  148. Anyplace you might use em, rem, %, px you can

    instead use: vh viewport height vw viewport width vmin smaller viewport number vmax larger viewport number
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    Values and Units, Level 3 July 30, 2013 w3.org/TR/css3-values
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  153. header { border: 20px solid #000; background: yellow; min-height: 100vh;

    padding: 3em 6em; } h1 { font-size: 10vw; margin: 0; text-align: center; }
  154. header { border: 20px solid #000; background: yellow; min-height: 100vh;

    padding: 3em 6em; } h1 { font-size: 10vw; margin: 0; text-align: center; }
  155. header { border: 20px solid #000; background: yellow; min-height: 100vh;

    } h1 { font-size: 10vw; margin: 0; }
  156. header { border: 20px solid #000; background: yellow; min-height: 100vh;

    display: flex; } h1 { font-size: 10vw; margin: auto; }
  157. header { border: 20px solid #000; background: yellow; min-height: 100vh;

    display: flex; } h1 { font-size: 10vw; margin: auto; }
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  159. header { border: 20px solid #000; background: yellow; min-height: 100vh;

    display: flex; align-items: center; justify-content: center; } h1 { font-size: 10vw; // margin: auto; }
  160. header { border: 20px solid #000; background: yellow; min-height: 100vh;

    display: flex; align-items: flex-end; justify-content: flex-end; } h1 { font-size: 10vw; margin: 0; }
  161. Flexbox

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    Flexible Box Layout, Level 1 May 14, 2015 w3.org/TR/css-flexbox-1
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    Grid Layout, Level 1 March 17, 2015 w3.org/TR/css-grid-1
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  174. from gridbyexample.com

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  176. Old School Floats

  177. Dynamic Grids

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  183. When?

  184. When Can I Use This in Production? (aka on a

    Real Website)
  185. Why Did You Tell Me About 
 All This Stuff

    
 I Totally Can’t Use Yet?
  186. Do Websites Need To Look Exactly The Same in Every

    Browser?
  187. DoWebsitesNeedToLook
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 Browser.com

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  189. Progressive Enhancement

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  191. When Can I Use This? Later Shapes Level 2 Grid

    Layout Exclusions Uncertain Regions What Was That 
 You Mumbled? Fragmentation Figures Overflow (???…) Last Fall Shapes Level 1 Flexbox Viewport Units 5 Years Ago Rotation Multicolumn Layout Dynamic Grids (odd numbers of columns, 
 ratio grids)
  192. Hardest part is changing our thinking, not our CSS.

  193. Magazines and The Web

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  199. Translate.  Don’t Transfer.

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  203. (*Totally stolen from Karen McGrane’s incredible talk, Adapting Ourselves to

    Adaptive Content.)
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  206. The most dangerous phrase in the language is ‘We’ve always

    done it this way.’ 
 — Grace Hopper
  207. One Last Story

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  213. THE WEB AHEAD thewebahead.net JEN SIMMONS @jensimmons Thank you! Mozilla

    Designer Advocate