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Chapter 1. Understanding Flexible Layout... > Challenges of Liquid and Elastic Lay...

Challenges of Liquid and Elastic Layouts

We’ve already gone over the benefits of liquid and elastic layouts. But they’re not without their problems as well. Obviously, I think the benefits outweigh the problems, or I wouldn’t be writing this book, but I’m not going to lie to you—flexible design isn’t always easy. Both types of flexible design present many challenges, which, as you’ll learn throughout this book, can be overcome, but are worth knowing before you start. So read on, and don’t be discouraged.

Breaking Out of the Grid: Beyond Your Design Comfort Zone

Perhaps the biggest challenge that designers face when building flexible layouts is learning how to design outside the bounds of a predictable, rigid grid. This is really hard for print designers making the transition to the web, since in print design every piece of content and design element has a fixed, precise spot on the page. Web designers who are used to table-based layout often have similar difficulties. Flexible designs are much more unpredictable, and that can make designing them a lot less comfortable.


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