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Ordering Disorder: Grid Principles for Web Design

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The grid has long been an invaluable tool for creating order out of chaos for designers of all kinds from city planners to architects to typesetters and graphic artists. In recent years, web designers, too, have come to discover the remarkable power that grid-based design can afford in creating intuitive, immersive, and beautiful user experiences.
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Paperback, 183 pages
Published December 3rd 2010 by New Riders Publishing (first published November 23rd 2010)
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Dec 28, 2010 Ryan rated it really liked it
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In reviews on Amazon, Ordering Disorder has been dismissed by some for being overly simplistic, but I thought it was a refreshing read, even for someone who has experience designing a few dozen large-scale websites.

Khoi Vinh is the former Design Director of and founder emeritus of the excellent design firm Behavior. Reading Ordering Disorder is like sitting over his shoulder and watching him work — albeit on a hypothetical website. Vinh demonstrates how a well-considered grid can be
Jan 25, 2015 Jess rated it really liked it
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I have often looked for a book to help me conceptually wrap my brain around design frameworks for the Web and Ordering Disorder accomplished that (for the most part). Although Ordering Disorder was written in a period when fixed width layouts were more popular than responsive design, I still find this book useful as it is explaining some core design principles and practices that can be applied to many different kinds of mediums and design theory.
Jasmina Nakeva
Mar 11, 2015 Jasmina Nakeva rated it it was ok
I really expected more from this book. A single 16 units grid design is worth investigating in an article, and just like a "light-introduction-to-working-with-grids" article was this book to read. I guess I was expecting too much in the beginning, hoping to read about many different design approaches, usability and interaction, all under the scope of different grids and design layouts (F and Z layouts, for example).

In my opinion the read was quite superficial even for the topic itself. I skippe
David Hall
Mar 24, 2011 David Hall rated it liked it
I've been enjoying Khoi Vinh's blog posts on web grid theory for years and was pleased to see that he has combined these into a relatively short book. Ordering Disorder is well written and engaging. Being a sometimes jaded designer, I found his philosophy and process inspiring.

One criticism is that he skipped over the use of fluid grids in his approach even though he does mention it in passing. Given that 'responsive design' seems to be the order of the day, I find this puzzling. Also, some may
Dec 29, 2010 Matt rated it liked it
Beautifully presented, excellently written, but thin on detail and furnished with only one example (albeit a good one). The whole book can be read cover to cover in just a few hours, which is a shame - I've no objection to tight and concise, but this feels a bit rushed and superficial instead. Vinh's design judgement is (of course) excellent, so it's a shame that the reasoning that led to the choices he makes aren't explored in any depth.

Still a thoughtful and worthwhile read, and as far as I k
Stanislav Grinapol
Sep 15, 2011 Stanislav Grinapol rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: typography, ux, design
A grid is probably number one tool for Designers, but understanding differences between a static grid and one use for screen could mean a difference between success and failure. Khoi Vinh is able to outline his process of establishing flexible grids for web design in a logical manner in 175 pages filled with diagrams and illustrations.
Leonard Houx
Oct 02, 2013 Leonard Houx rated it it was ok
I was so excited to read this book. But there was just so little substance. Vinh justifies his book, among the numerous other books on grid-based design, to explain grid-design from a web-oriented persepctive. Yet this book offers so little substantial advice, web-based or otherwise, that it would seem to barely enough to constitute a decent article.
May 02, 2015 Ainsley rated it really liked it
Great, quick read filling laying out the principles of how to design for the web with a grid system. Step by step of how to construct it and then apply the needs of a design to that grid. Really helpful.
Apr 12, 2012 Koen rated it liked it
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Niet het meest uitgebreide boek over dit onderwerp maar zeker interessant om het design proces van verschillende templates te volgen. Goed voor wie in een verloren namiddag wat meer inzicht wil in het grid design.
Nov 03, 2011 Jeremy rated it really liked it
Good review of grid based and basic design principles, as well as designing with an information hierarchy. Fairly practical in that it goes through a 4-template design, using the grid for consistency.
Jul 08, 2015 Masa rated it liked it
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It was nice that he touched on baseline principles, since it was new to me. It was a straightforward workbook to run through on your hand the next time you design web.
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Khoi Vinh was the Design Director at for 4 years until he resigned in July 2010. He is now the co-founder and CEO of Lascaux Co., makers of Mixel for iPad, the world’s first social collage app. Read more or get in touch with him on this page. ...more
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