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How I design with CSS grid

After a couple of rounds of introducing CSS grid to people who haven’t tried it before, I found it wasn’t the implementation of grid that people asked questions about, rather, it was the bit before that. The actual planning of how a layout would be set up.

If you read the previous post on teaching CSS grid to newcomers, one of the analogies I used was the one about gardening, i.e. curating exactly where your plots of hydrangeas, roses and tulips would turn up. Okay, lost you there. I guess horticulture isn’t everyone’s thing 🤷.

But to be honest, I’ve found myself using a pencil and paper to sketch out my grids a lot more since I’ve started designing and building with CSS grid. The grid syntax itself is very visual in nature and I always highlight this fact when I’m teaching Grid.

Look at the syntax for a simple grid:

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