[thelist] front end design: liquid design

Ben Dyer radicalbender at gmail.com
Sun Oct 19 14:01:54 CDT 2008

You know, I'm not a fan of liquid designs anymore. For two reasons  

1. Generally, the wider the column of text, the more difficult it is  
to read naturally.

2. I'm noticing that, statistically speaking, monitor resolutions are  
trending higher and higher. 1024x768 is still the leader, but widths  
of 1280, 1360 and higher seem to becoming a lot more prevalent of  
late. Probably the average user is upgrading their monitors when they  
upgrade machines.

Now, I know that many users won't maximize the browser window with a  
large screen space like that, but as these numbers keep increasing,  
the problem with point #1 will keep increasing as well. (66% width  
content div is still a wide reading space if the window is 1200+  
pixels wide.)

This is, of course, not to say that these concerns can't be mitigated  
somewhat, but with a liquid design it seems likely that *someone* will  
have text that will be difficult for them to read.


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On Oct 19, 2008, at 13:46, Erika <ekm at seastorm.com> wrote:

> How many folks on this list consider themselves front-end designers?
> Of those who do, what are your feelings these days about liquid  
> designs?
> like/dislike ?  and why.
> just curious.
> thx
> Erika
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