If you are looking for inspiration for grid and column design, here is a nice collection of 32 column-based websites. These sites show how grid layout can be applied on various type of sites — whether a massive content editorial site or just a personal blog. Check out how the layout can be divided into 3 columns, 4 columns, a mixture of narrow and wide columns.
First let’s check out some of the famous editorial sites. Can you imagine how these sites would be organized without a grid system due to their massive content?
The New York Times
The Morning News
We Are Survival Machines
Grid in blog design
Here are some of the blogs that adapted the grid style. I have to specially mention Khoi Vinh, who played the big part in grid web design.
5 Thirty One
Hell Yeah Dude
Mark Boulton Design
The Technology Herald
Break out of the box
Column design doesn’t mean you have to be within the box. See how you can break out of the box by using images to form unsymmetrical shapes.
J R Velasco
AIGA Los Angeles
Columns on eye-catchy background
Getting bored of the white background? Here are some good samples of column layout on graphical background.
A Tennessee Winter
Sundance Film Festival
Boxes and Columns
Content can also be organized into evenly distributed columns and rows.