Design with modular scale

This article first appeared in issue 235 of .net magazine – the world's best-selling magazine for web designers and developers.

It’s important in web design to consider your decisions carefully. A good web designer always scrutinises code closely, constantly looking for ways to refactor or optimise. If we learn to make more of these decisions upfront, we won’t waste time later. The web is alive, and iteration and efficiency are key to this living process. We need to be able to create designs that hold up because of solid choices we made at the start.

One way to help constrain your design from the get-go is to rely on a modular scale for sizing key elements on the page. In this tutorial, we’ll look at how to use a modular scale from within the world of the Foundation responsive design framework that ZURB has put many hours into. We use a modular scale to create meaning and rhythm in our designs, and to construct a solid set of basic typography to use with any Foundation project.

I’ll take you through the process of choosing the numbers to create the modular scale used for many pieces of the design. Then we’ll look at how to create a stunning fictional marketing site for an exciting new app, BuzzApp, step-by-step. I’ll show you how to use Foundation to create your next masterpiece and make your web page shine on any screen size it encounters.

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