Fixed width

Interesting that recently Stopdesign and Simplebits have both subtly redesigned to be fixed width – moving away from their previous liquid designs.

I’d love to know why. I guess that Doug and Dan would say it’s to ensure the text on their sites is readable. If that is the reason then I’m not sure it was necessary – both sites use relatively large text which is well leaded (large line-height) to provide good readability, even when the lines of text are quite long (maximised on a 1280×1024 screen for example).

A curious development in the world of Web design; some might say a step backwards…?