I think one of the best books on writing software is "The Elements of Programming Style". They wanted to write a book describing what a well written program is, but found this difficult. Instead, they found poorly written programs in textbooks and journal articles, explained why they were bad, and rewrote them, often not only correcting the problems but making them much better overall.
At least I would find it interesting to see how someone with experience takes a section of a layout design that is poor, and reworks it to be better. This is similar to what you did in your blog entitle "The double (track) cross".
thanks - greg ciurpita, somerset, nj