Masonry Layout arranges posts of different sizes into the best fit possible. The most famous example is Pinterest:
According to the author of the original plug-in that made this layout famous, the name comes from stonemasonry:
Elements in optimal position based on available vertical space, sort of like a mason fitting stones in a wall.
- Attractive layout displaying maximum items in the minimum amount of space
- Can accommodate images of varying heights so can have portrait items side-by-side with landscape
- Leaves very little unused space
- Adapts fantastically to page resizing – Just subtracts columns as the width gets smaller
- Works best with a large number of items
- Highlights items with most attractive images rather than important items
- No obvious sequence of reading for the viewer
- Can look cluttered
This is the first of our new series of articles which will build into a glossary of website terms.