I just learned of the 960 gs (grid system) that is apparently a new standard for web layout, the 960 being the number of pixels in width on the layout. As I have many Technoscribe followers, I’ve learned that many web/graphic designers like to start with rough ideas on paper, with blank sketchbooks or graph paper as the grid system of choice.
I scoured the internet to try to find notebooks or sketchpads that have a ruling specifically designed for this 960 grid system, so it would be ideal for web designers to sketch layouts of websites, but alas I came up empty. I thought Google had everything!! I did find this website, 960.gs, which explains what 960gs is and has some pdf templates you can download to print on your own paper. What I’m really looking for though is a bound notebook or sketchpad, and I can’t seem to find any. Maybe I should make some!!
There are several sketchpad products I do carry on my website, but since I’m not a web designer, I am unsure how beneficial they would be for someone looking to sketch out a design based on the 960gs layout.
The Clairefontaine GraFit sketchpads are great products, 90g paper that is great for use with fountain pens, pencils, even watercolor, but they are blank sheets.
Rhodia dotPads are new products that have the same 5/5 (5mm square) ruling as graph paper, but instead of having bold lines shooting all over the page, it just has small dots to indicate the points of intersection that would normally be on graph paper. It allows for some guidance, but without being as obtrusive as graph lines.
Then there is normal graph paper, with which most of us are familiar.
I’m really trying to answer two things:
#1) Is there an interest among graphic/web designers for notebooks/sketchpads with a layout designed specifically for use with 960gs?
#2) Do any notepads like this exist out there currently, and if not, would you want there to be?