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Responsive Web Design Techniques, Tools and Design Strategies - Smashing Magazine

Responsive Web Design Techniques, Tools and Design Strategies - Smashing Magazine

Responsive Web Design Demystified Tutorial by Matt Doyle | Level: Intermediate | Published on 30 September 2011 Categories: What exactly is responsive design, and how do you create a responsive website? This tutorial explains the concepts, and walks you through the basic steps for creating a responsive website layout. Responsive web design is a hot topic these days, especially as websites need to adapt to the growing number of mobile devices with their relatively small screens. Many designers and developers want to create new websites with responsive layouts, or modify their existing sites to incorporate responsive elements. However, the whole topic can be somewhat bewildering at first glance. In this article, you get a gentle introduction to the world of responsive web design. Ready to explore the world of responsive design? Responsive design in a nutshell The basic idea of responsive web design is that a website should "respond" to the device it's being viewed on. The www.elated.com layout is fixed-width. min-width:

Smashing - RWD - Code Advertisement Almost every new client these days wants a mobile version of their website. It’s practically essential after all: one design for the BlackBerry, another for the iPhone, the iPad, netbook, Kindle — and all screen resolutions must be compatible, too. In the next five years, we’ll likely need to design for a number of additional inventions. When will the madness stop? It won’t, of course. In the field of Web design and development, we’re quickly getting to the point of being unable to keep up with the endless new resolutions and devices. Responsive Web design is the approach that suggests that design and development should respond to the user’s behavior and environment based on screen size, platform and orientation. The Concept Of Responsive Web Design Ethan Marcotte1 wrote an introductory article about the approach, “Responsive Web Design992,” for A List Apart. Transplant this discipline onto Web design, and we have a similar yet whole new idea. Adjusting Screen Resolution

11 Reasons why responsive web design isn't that cool! Since Ethan Marcotte published his seminal article on Responsive Web Design there’s been an explosion of articles related to this topic. The guy truly made a good work also publishing a book about it , deepening on what many consider, since then, should be a standard for web design. If you have no idea of what this thing is, this Responsive Web Design thing, but simultaneously you’ve been thinking and working on a way for your web projects to be viewable in multiple devices, then you are instinctively working on responsive web design. Here’s a little insight: The main objective of responsive web design is the inherent flexibility a website can acquire through the application of fluid grids, images and CSS Media Queries to adapt the content and design of the website to any device, even if it is a desktop computer, a laptop, an iPad or a Smartphone. You do not have to create a mobile version of your website; you do not have to create an application for every popular device on earth. 1.

The Real Problems with Design Thinking « Helen Walters: Writer, Editor [Latest word works, published over at Fast Company.] Rumors of the failure of design thinking appear to have been somewhat overblown. At the recent Design Research conference in Seattle, the consensus reportedly held that whether or not you like the term, design thinking is here to stay. Nonetheless, it’s also somewhat hard to find many fervent supporters of design thinking. The latest book on the topic is Designing for Growth, a “design thinking toolkit for managers” and it provides a pretty good snapshot of how people are thinking about the discipline right now. This is all, arguably, fine. There are certainly ways to make them less of a random shot in the dark, and most companies could use some help in thinking about innovation in a more systematic, organized fashion. Another problem: The question of when design thinking is actually appropriate remains unanswered and apparently unclear to many. Like this: Like Loading...

Awesome tutorials to master responsive web design Create an adaptable website layout with CSS3 media queries With the rise of both very large screens and mobile devices, web developers have to be able to create websites that display correctly and look good whatever the device is. Sure, you can use good old techniques like fluid layouts, but I’ve got something better to show you today. This tutorial will teach you how you can create an adaptable website layout using CSS3.→ Read tutorial: Create an adaptable website layout with CSS3 media queries Fluid images This tutorial will shown you how to make your image scales down when the browser is resized or when your website is viewed through a smaller screen.→ Read tutorial: Fluid images Elastic videos Nowadays, videos are widely used on the web. Optimizing your emails for mobile devices As mobile devices are more and more used, more people are receiving their emails on their phones instead of their computer. Images that match text height Hiding and revealing portions of images

RWD Guide If you’ve been working in the web design field for the past couple of years you should know that designing a fixed interface for a widescreen computer is not enough. Most of the clients you’ll be dealing with from now are going to request that their site is not only desktop-compliant but is also optimized for smartphones and tablets. This issue presents the necessity of working with different screen resolutions in order to guarantee that a website looks good in all sorts of devices. But if the devices’ production continues at the same speed that it has for the past couple of years, the amount of screen resolutions and formats that designers will have to deal with is going to become unbearable. On this article we’ll be discussing one of the most effective solutions to face this problem with a certain easiness, we’re of course talking about responsive web design. So, what’s responsive web design? Flexible grid Screen resolution Aspects to consider Responsive Typography Flexible images JavaScript

Responsive Web Design Guidelines and Tutorials - Smashing Magazine In this overview you will find the most useful and popular articles we have published on Smashing Magazine on Responsive Web Design. Quick Overview Design Process In The Responsive Age11 You cannot plan for and design a responsive12, content-focused13, mobile-first14 1 website the same way you’ve been creating websites for years—you just can’t. I’d like to walk you through some problems caused by using old processes with responsive design. Read more…17 Responsive Web Design: What It Is and How To Use It18 Almost every new client these days wants a mobile version of their website. In the field of Web design and development, we’re quickly getting to the point of being unable to keep up with the endless new resolutions and devices. Read more…20 A Foot On The Bottom Rung: First Forays Into Responsive Web Development21 Responsive design is the hottest topic in front-end Web development right now. Rumors came through our office grapevine that management was looking to revamp our mobile presence.

Winning a User Experience Debate By Cennydd Bowles Originally published: Jul 12, 2011 The following article is an excerpt from Cennydd Bowles and James Box's new book, Undercover User Experience Design. Although critique should be constructive and impartial, it's inevitable that at times you'll disagree with the feedback you receive. Critique is a crunch moment for the undercover designer—you're sticking your neck out and taking the lead of the design process. However, stakeholders sometimes see design as a complex, unpredictable subject that can cause havoc in the wrong hands. To bring UX to the heart of the business, you must persuade colleagues to trust your opinion and expertise. If you're skeptical about your stakeholders' requests, try them out anyway, then do it your way too. Nevertheless, sometimes you'll disagree with stakeholder feedback so strongly that you have to take a stand. The Validation Stack provides a three-tiered approach to design validation. "Prove It!" Summary Get more from Cennydd Bowles

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