Grid-based layouts are generally more aesthetically pleasing and balanced than those not based on grids. While there are definitely great designs out there that don’t use a grid-based layout, they are more difficult to create and often end up falling into some sort of loose grid structure anyway. So why not just design based on a grid in the first place?
This post offers up a complete guide to designing with grids. There’s plenty of basic information here, as well as tons of links to more in-depth information on specific aspects of grid-based design from other sites. And to top it all off, we’ve compiled a showcase of excellent grid-based designs for inspiration.