Duplo - The Flipboard Layout Engine

Last month, Flipboard published some details about how their web and Windows 8 layout engines work. It is fascinating.

Duplo is a new layout engine that starts with the ideas in Pages but uses a modular block and grid system to quickly fit content into thousands of page layouts in all sizes. [...]

However, while Pages looks at about 20 candidate layouts, Duplo looks at anywhere between 2000 to 6000 candidates, searching for the best layout to fit the content.

This is the kind of attention to detail that Donald Knuth paid to typography with TeX back in the 70s. This is also the first time that I've seen an algorithmic approach to design out in the wild.


  1. Flipboard only launched its Android app recently. The app allows users to browse through their Facebook, Twitter and Google+ streams, as well as Google Reader feeds in a beautiful flipping manner. It also consolidates and curates a stream of important stories for those who are too busy to go through everything. As a blogger, using this app and browsing through interesting news content daily will give you fresh ideas on what to write about in your next blog post.


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