August 23, 2007

Web Page Layouts: Flow (fluid/liquid) vs. Fixed

Filed under: .Net,PHP — pj @ 7:23 am

For web site designs, I like a simple, clean look. I also favor a flow (also called fluid orĀ liquid) page layout with no big margins wasting space around the edges. These things make sense to me on a technical basis and I like the aesthetics and usability of these kinds of sites. However, they don’t always lead to the most pleasing look for some tastes.

Here is an article I found interesting:

Notice how the high brow, traditional designers favor fixed width layouts with lots of wasted space in the margins. Every single one of these sites is fixed width. Most have top and bottom margins – a waste of valuable screen real estate, IMO

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