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How to Approach a Responsive Design - Upstatement Blog

How to Approach a Responsive Design - Upstatement Blog
So I’ve got a confession to make: When we started working on the new Boston Globe website, we had never designed a responsive site before. This shouldn’t come as some huge shock. I mean, raise your hand if you’d built a full responsive site back in November 2010. (You can put your hand down now, Mr. Here at Upstatement, we experimented with how to solve design and layout problems within a responsive framework. Ready? Choose Your Weapon Before laying down a single pixel, there was an important decision to make: What design program to use? Eventually design would be done directly in the browser — there’s no better tool for interactive design, especially when you’re working with fluid layouts (more on all that later). So we lined up the usual suspects from Adobe. Hands down, the answer was InDesign. Even better, InDesign’s internal logic parallels that of web design and development. InDesign stylesheets InDesign’s master pages palette Like the web, InDesign also has a notion of templates.

20 Best Responsive Web Design Examples of 2012 The Boston Globe The largest responsive website to date, The Boston Globe handles loads of content effortlessly, keeping the site intuitive and the content easily accessible on the device of your choice. Smashing Magazine I love this site. I really do. Smashing takes advantage of horizontal screen real estate like few responsive sites do. Food Sense Clean layout, beautiful photography and playful iconography made me like this site immediately on my first visit. Andersson Wise Type designer, Jan Tschichold once said, ‘Simplicity of form is never a poverty, it is a great virtue.’ Sphero If you haven’t check out Sphero, you should. CSS Tricks It might be the conspicuous green frog that causes me love this site. Grey Goose The Grey Goose site shows that designing responsively does not limit our designs to columns of fluid text and images on solid backgrounds. New Adventures In Web Design Lancaster University Web Designer Wall Heathlife London & Partners Oliver Russell Ryan O’Rourke Fork

85 Top Responsive Web Design Tools As the mobile market continues to grow, demand for responsive website design intensifies. This has introduced a new set of tools, 10 of which we've listed below, to help lay out, design, code and plan a responsive website. While some may overlap, each deserves a spot on the list; when combined, they can help you craft a website that provides an optimal viewing experience for users on all devices. (Along with each recommendation is a list of alternative tools that may be useful.) If you are a designer or developer, what are some of the indispensable tools in your responsive toolbox? 1. Developed first as an internal tool that has now grown into a full-fledged product, Gridset lets web designers and developers design, prototype and build custom, responsive grid-based layouts for their projects. The beauty of Gridset is how fast it will allow you to build responsive prototypes (without all the calculations), providing all the measurements and tools to integrate with your existing markup.

Méthodologie d’Intégration pour un site en Responsive Web Design Cette méthodologie est un addendum à ma méthodologie d’intégration axée sur l’intégration d’un design responsive. Je pars sur le principe que ce design vous est fourni par un DA : PSD, etc, et que vous suivez les étapes de la méthodologie générale. Définir un layout de base qui déterminera le site visible par les vieux navigateurs, ainsi que l’ordre de travail (En gros : Mobile first ou Desktop First)Intégrer la structure (blocks contenant header, nav, content, footer, sans leur contenu) en premier, sous tous les modes, dans l’ordre défini. Ne pas oublier la meta viewport. Media Queries Chaque feuille CSS ne devra idéalement contenir qu’une seule occurence de chaque media-query, située en bas de feuille. Tests de manipulation sur devices Xcode sur Mac contient un émulateur fidèle de périphériques sous iOS. Firefox contient un simulateur de viewport, qui ne doit servir qu’à l’étape d’Intégration. N’oubliez pas de tester le comportement du responsive à la rotation du device. Développement

Building a Responsive, Future-Friendly Web for Everyone This week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas has seen the arrival of dozens of new devices from tablets to televisions. Some of these newfangled gadgets will soon be in the hands of consumers who will use them to access your website. Will your site work? Or will it end up mangled by a subpar web browser, odd screen size or slow network connection? No one wants to rewrite their website every time a new device or browser hits the web. Even if you aren’t a gadget lover, CES should help drive home the fundamental truth of today’s web — devices, they are a comin’. Basics: Further Reading: Future Friendly — An overview of how some of the smartest people in web design are thinking about the ever-broadening reach of the web: “We can’t be all things on all devices. Techniques:

Essential tools for every web designer Every web designer requires the right tools to do their job. To create well crafted original designs you certainly need to be inspired to do so. Getting to that point is sometimes the hardest challenge in the field of web design. Luckily enough for us and our fellow design community there are tools available to assist in completing the job quicker and more efficiently. Below, I have outlined a list of tools I recommend for any web designer. Color Adobe Kuler (free) A great tool offered by Adobe which allows members to upload, create, and edit color schemes of their choice. Pictaculous (free) From the creators of Mailchimp comes a color palette generator different to any other. Colorzilla (free) ColorZilla for Google Chrome is an extension that assists web developers and graphic designers with color related tasks – both basic and advanced.ColorZilla includes a Color Picker, Eye Dropper, Gradient Generator and many additional advanced color tools. (free) Hues ($2.99) Typography

Responsive webdesign : adapter un site à toutes les résolutions Le Responsive webdesign (conception adaptative ou réactive en français) représente un ensemble de méthodes et techniques permettant d’universaliser un site Web. Qu’il soit consulté sur ordinateur, tablette, e-reader ou mobile, le site ainsi conçu s’adapte automatiquement à la taille de l’écran. Cette évolution très séduisante du Web pose néanmoins certaines questions d’ergonomie et oblige à repenser la conception des sites. Objectifs du responsive webdesign Pour commencer, rien de tel qu’une démonstration. Entrons dans le vif du sujet. Les sites Web sont aujourd’hui consultés sur une multitude d’appareils ayant des résolutions différentes Ces dizaines de contextes différents constituent un défi pour l’ergonomie : comment proposer une expérience utilisateur satisfaisante en fonction des particularités des terminaux utilisés ? Proposer une seule version du site Web censée s’adapter à tous ces terminaux est utopique. Le site ifttt n’est pas adaptable. Responsive ou versions séparées ?

A Responsive Web Design Tutorial for Beginners This is the second post in a series about Responsive Web Design, described in plain language from a front end designer. In our last post I wrote about three reasons responsive web design is something you should know about. We discussed the problems associated with the traditional method of designing a desktop and mobile version of a website. Essentially, there are just too many mobile devices hitting the market to tailor our websites to view well on them all. The thing I like about problems or challenges is that–if we let them–they make us better people and create space for innovation and solutions that may otherwise never be discovered. Designer and developer Ethan Marcotte was instrumental in solving this problem of device compatibility. In actuality, the problem is still being solved and responsive web design methods, tools and standards are still being developed and refined. Media Queries Responsive design uses a CSS3 feature called media queries. Break Points The Fluid Grid

Multi-Device Layout Patterns Through fluid grids and media query adjustments, responsive design enables Web page layouts to adapt to a variety of screen sizes. As more designers embrace this technique, we're not only seeing a lot of innovation but the emergence of clear patterns as well. I cataloged what seem to be the most popular of these patterns for adaptable multi-device layouts. To get a sense of emerging responsive design layout patterns, I combed through all the examples curated on the Media Queries gallery site several times. Mostly Fluid The most popular pattern was perhaps surprisingly simple: a multi-column layout that introduces larger margins on big screens, relies on fluid grids and images to scale from large screens down to small screen sizes, and stacks columns vertically in its narrowest incarnations (illustrated below). I dubbed this pattern "mostly fluid" because the core structure of the layout really doesn't change until the smallest screen width. Column Drop Layout Shifter Tiny Tweaks Off Canvas