Layer Cake: A Responsive Design Layout Pattern

There is a design pattern that I’ve noticed emerge on a lot of the responsive projects that I’ve worked on in the last few years. They have all tended to gravitate towards a particular kind of layout. There are a lot of situations where this pattern is helpful, so I wanted to write a bit about it.

I call it “The Layer Cake” – it’s a way to approach page layout in a responsive design. You can also call it ‘tiered’ layout – but, mmmmm – cake. This differs from a regular ‘multi column’ layout in that there is no all-encompassing container, or long running sidebars. There can be multiple columns within a layer, though.

A 2 Column Layout vs. a Layer Cake

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