Adobe’s Christian Cantrell has been working on some pretty interesting digital layout concepts with National Geographic that push the envelope of what is, or will be, possible with web standards.

National Geographic partnered with Adobe, sharing select content for Adobe’s use to experiment with digital layout. The results mark the beginning of a technical and design collaboration that will look at innovating around layout while responding to some of the real world needs of National Geographic’s designers. [via Adobe blog]

Read more on the specifics on his official blog post. In addition, here are the same layouts applied to mobile:

 

Very impressive work – what seem to be minor details for developers, are important improvements for layout designers.