I’m just talking about layout, that layout itself, and the graphic design itself, had changed significantly enough that I wanted a new word so we could say, “Oh, yeah, that new thing,” and it includes CSS Grid, but it’s not just about CSS Grid. It’s also about using Flexbox, and kind of rediscovering what Flexbox is actually intended to be for.
Plus, it’s about using some floats sometimes, using things like CSS shapes or object-fit, using a flow content, using multi-column. Some of these things are old, and they’ve been around for a long time, but it’s about thinking about the whole system of layout, and how all these pieces fit together in a brand new way.To put it another way, I think Intrinsic Web Design is about the shift from being limited by CSS’ capabilities to being empowered by them. It opens up a whole lot of exciting new possibilities.
Who Came up With This?Jen Simmons. She’s a web designer and front-end developer who has worked with/for: CERN: the W3C, Google, and Drupal, and other small businesses. She currently spends her time as a Designer Advocate at Mozilla, speaking at conferences, as well as hosting and producing The Web Ahead, a fantastic podcast about the future of the Internet. She also hosts the Layout Land channel on YouTube. If you want to learn about Flexbox, CSS Grid, and the other building blocks of Intrinsic Web Design, these videos are a wonderful and informative place to start. You should also check out her interview that I quoted above, where she and Jeffrey Zeldman discuss IWD and a whole host of other topics at length.
Ezequiel Bruni is a web/UX designer, blogger, and aspiring photographer living in Mexico. When he’s not up to his finely-chiselled ears in wire-frames and front-end code, or ranting about the same, he indulges in beer, pizza, fantasy novels, and stand-up comedy.