Grid systems have been used in print design, architecture and interior design for generations. Now, on the web, the same rules of grid system composition and usage no longer apply. Content is viewed in many ways; from RSS feeds to email. Content is viewed on many devices; from mobile phones to laptops. Users can manipulate the browser, they can remove content, resize the canvas, resize the typefaces. A designer is no longer in control of this presentation. So where do grid systems fit in to all that?
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Dan Benjamin interviews Jeffrey Zeldman, designer, founder of ALA. They discuss the evolution of the internet, the web, web standards, Happy Cog, A List Apart, An Event Apart, and something new: A Book Apart.
The latest episode of Tech Weekly welcomes Sir Tim Berners-Lee, who helped launch the government’s new open data project, data.gov.uk. Charles Arthur, Bobbie Johnson and Aleks Krotoski discuss the implications and the future of this important and exciting new initiative.
Then Charles and Bobbie mutiny, turning the spotlight on Aleks, who presents Virtual Revolution, a major new BBC2 documentary series about the social history of the web starting this Saturday. Charles digs deeper into the making of the show, asking the series’ multiplatform producer Dan Gluckman why the BBC was so keen to make the development of the four films open and collaborative.
There’s wild speculation about the big announcement from Apple taking place this week, and more analysis of the escalating China-US internet freedom conflict.