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Liquid Web Design: Build it right and it will work no matter what the container. : Comments

By Nick Finck

August 29, 1999


Bill Bradley

June 29, 2004 5:20 AM


I appreciate you putting this page together. I want to become a great webmaster and you just help me add another brick to my virtual office building. Thanks

Bill Bradley
Rumney, NH

Jason Porter

July 23, 2004 12:31 AM


I totally disagree with your Liquid, Jell-o and Ice theory. As a web user, I much prefer to navigate a site with a consistent, tight, well integrated layout. I actually get annoyed when everything sprawls out across the page on resize. But hey, just my opinion. Regards,


Nick Finck

July 23, 2004 8:24 AM

Jason, first consider the fact that you seem to have no problems with using this site, and it is liquid. Second, also consider that this article was authored in August of 1999 so it may be a bit dated. Third, the user experience should be seamless… the user shouldn’t “notice” the design at all… so its important to do proper user testing to see what they like (liquid, jell-o, ice, etc) before you launch a new design. Read up on UCD, there are some great techniques there that your site’s users could benefit from. One thing I have learned is just because I prefer a certain type of design it does not mean my site’s users will prefer the same kind of design.

C Montoya

September 24, 2005 10:20 PM

Liquid or Fixed, they can both look great.

I think that if someone doesn’t like a liquid layout, they can just resize their browser window and pretend it’s a fixed layout. The idea is liquid layouts put you in control.

For anyone out there needing inspiration in liquid design, there’s this gallery:

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