I'm looking for a new inventive way to display a list of users that can be selected and managed. I was thinking about a grid type view with animated drop for more details. Any help with this would be great. See image for table view mock.
It's becoming a stock response for this kind of thing these days, but take a look at card-based layouts.
In this case, you would represent each user profile as a card. By doing this, you are left with discrete blocks of content per profile, with a standard layout used by all cards.
By using this approach, you still maintain a common basic layout per profile shown, but you've got more scope for interesting layout within each card. Comparing data between two profiles is slightly harder, but in general a user is still able to cast their eye over the screen and see differences between individuals due to the common layout.
Because you're not limiting yourself to a single table row per profile, you're also not forcing each contained field of data to be the same height - you can do things like making a profile image larger, or a displayed name have a bigger type size... most of which can introduce problems with cell or row height in a traditional table layout.
It's not an approach which is appropriate across the board, but it's certainly another approach worth attempting if you want more options for a compelling layout.
What i'm seeing there is tabular data. If it's tabular data, why not show it in a table?
It takes the least screen space, it's easy to read, paginate, order and most important: compare data.