This is page 2 of a 4-page demo about using Joomla's "category blog" to display stuff in a grid format.

Out of the Box- Everything Hidden - Grid of Names - Grid of Images

The "out of the box" page didn't look very attractive, did it?
Fortunately, you can hide everything in your menu-item settings.
Yes, everything.
This page has the same content as the previous one, but it's all hidden. The text is still there in the articles, but it's not visible, because each article now starts with a "read more" (click a line and see for yourself).
In fact: this page would have been completely blank if I hadn't added those lines.

Just for demo purposes, but not very practical. So moving on to a grid of names...