How to break the rules of the website grid

The grid isn't primarily a visual design tool, it's a user-experience aid - like lanes on a street. A good grid will establish a norm, and a rhythm of viewing a website so that users aren't thinking about where to read or view next, they're intuiting it because of the order and hierarchy you've established on the grid. You can learn more from our Designer's Guide to Grid Theory.

If everything followed the regimen of the grid, though, we'd all go cuckoo from visual boredom. Sometimes we want a design to have elements that pop out of the lines and say, "Hey, look at me! I'm cool for breakin' the rules".

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