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Responsive Navigation: Optimizing for Touch Across Devices

Responsive Navigation: Optimizing for Touch Across Devices
As more diverse devices embrace touch as a primary input method, it may be time to revisit navigation standards on the Web. How can a navigation menu be designed to work across a wide range of touch screen sizes? In these demos, Jason Weaver and I decided to find out. The Demos Why do these navigation menus work across a wide range of touch screen sizes? Across Screen Sizes First, why do we care about touch across a wide range of screen sizes? Tablets are no different. And the very notion of what defines a tablet is being challenged by laptop/tablet convertibles and touch-enabled Ultrabooks. Even beyond 13 inches, touch and gesture interfaces are possible. Accounting For Touch So what does it mean to consider touch across all screen sizes? Touch target sizes are relatively easy: just make things big enough to prevent accidental taps and errors. Designing towards touch really forces us to simplify and decide what's most important- what needs to stay on the screen. An Adaptive Solution

Introduction to Mystery Meat Navigation Wikipedia's defilnition (partial): MMN is very seductive — it looks cool and it's used on sites that win design awards. Because there's no long strings of text, MMN makes the page look "cleaner" because there's more white space. Why MMN is really bad. I hope that the above image demonstration makes it perfectly clear why MMN sucks more than a Kirby vacuum cleaner. Off Canvas Content-First/Navigation Second Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Nulla eget nulla massa. Sed ultricies posuere tincidunt. Morbi dolor est, aliquet quis egestas eu, consectetur nec neque. Etiam velit libero, congue eu accumsan sit amet, eleifend et sem. Mauris consectetur elementum massa nec convallis. Quisque lacinia est a libero tempor quis gravida nibh luctus.

Implementing Off-Canvas Navigation For A Responsive Website Advertisement Today, too many websites are still inaccessible. In our new book Inclusive Design Patterns, we explore how to craft flexible front-end design patterns and make future-proof and accessible interfaces without extra effort. The varying viewports that our websites encounter on a daily basis continue to demand more from responsive design. With the likes of Firefox OS2 (Boot to Gecko), Chrome OS3 and now Ubuntu for phones4 — an OS that makes “Web apps” first-class citizens — delivering native app-like experiences on the Web may become a necessity if users begin to expect it. A Demonstration Link In this article, I’ll be walking through a build demo that centers on two topics. With that in mind, let’s get building. The Accessible Base Link All good things begin with a solid foundation of semantic HTML and widely supported CSS. As a starting point, I’ll use a technique very similar to Aaron Gustafson’s “Smart Mobile Navigation Without Hacks6.” Demo 1 Breakdown Link What a difference!

Starting your first business in France? Here are the steps, and some great tips! | Cole Street Starting a business in France is an adventure. Ever heard the horror stories of Italian bureaucracy? Well – France has it too! When you go through this adventure you will encounter stamp-fetishism, physical paper obsessions, snooty bank employees, and stamp-wielding government employees. Company creation – the statuts When you start a company in France, you must write what are called ‘Statuts’ – the basic laws of your company. What’s in them? So how does one obtain these statuts? Choosing the address – choose wisely! In France, each business has a ‘siege social’ – their official company address. You can use your home address – if you rent, you’ll have to inform your owner, but they cannot say no. The social capital – what money the founders put in The social capital is part of the company creation – it’s what all the shareholders put in as the starting capital of the company. Step one: find a bank! Step two – more stamps, this time from the tax office Step three – the real deal Conclusion

Bootstrap Need reasons to love Bootstrap? Look no further. By nerds, for nerds. Built at Twitter by @mdo and @fat, Bootstrap utilizes LESS CSS, is compiled via Node, and is managed through GitHub to help nerds do awesome stuff on the web. Made for everyone. Bootstrap was made to not only look and behave great in the latest desktop browsers (as well as IE7!) Les lois de la Gestalt : Comment améliorer l'UX ? (Partie 1) Une bonne expérience utilisateur globale est un aspect essentiel de la création d’un site Web réussi. Le terme d’expérience utilisateur semble être populaire ces derniers temps, mais comment pouvons-nous décrire l’expérience utilisateur et comment pouvons-nous nous assurer d’en offrir assez sur nos sites ? Pour faire simple, l’expérience utilisateur décrit la manière dont les utilisateurs perçoivent un site, quel type d’émotions ils ressentent lors de la visite d’un site web, et si oui ou non ils sont motivés pour revenir. Les lois de Gestalt sont des principes simples ou des suggestions sur la manière dont les différents éléments sont perçus lorsqu’ils sont combinés dans un certain agencement ou un certain ordre. Nous allons donner un aperçu des lois communes de Gestalt, leurs effets possibles, et présenter des exemples de la manière exacte dont les différentes lois s’appliquent dans le contexte d’un site web. La loi de proximité La loi de similitude Source

Off Canvas Content-First/Navigation Second Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Nulla eget nulla massa. Sed ultricies posuere tincidunt. Morbi dolor est, aliquet quis egestas eu, consectetur nec neque. Etiam velit libero, congue eu accumsan sit amet, eleifend et sem. Donec ac felis sed sapien placerat venenatis. Mauris consectetur elementum massa nec convallis. Quisque lacinia est a libero tempor quis gravida nibh luctus. Responsive WordPress Menu Plugin for Mobile Devices The Responsive Select Menu plugin lets you automatically turn your “WordPress 3 Menus” into an easy-to-scroll select box/dropdown menu. (A “WordPress 3 Menu” is a menu created through the WordPress admin area: Appearance > Menus. Many people typically use these menus in their top navigation spot, as well as other places.) The Plugin in Action Let’s go ahead and jump right into some examples to show you what it looks like. Here’s a look at a normal top menu in a mobile device using the WordPress Twenty Ten theme. And now here’s a look at that same top menu with the Responsive Select Menu plugin activated. When you touch the menu and pull it down, you get a select box/dropdown menu that you can easily scroll through with your finger. Featured Plugin - WordPress Newsletter Plugin Now there's no need to pay for a third party service to sign up, manage and send beautiful email newsletters to your subscriber base - this plugin has got the lot. Find out more Settings Width Breakpoint See a Working Demo

How Marketing Will Change In 2013: The Strategic Forecast In Part One of our 2013 marketing forecast, we asked a number of high-level creative types for their educated predictions on how their jobs and the marketing landscape would change in 2013. Now, we’re passing the mic to the strategists. These are the people who are said to represent the consumer in the marketing process--they’re the masters of research, the experts in media and culture that are responsible for generating brand insights and opportunities. As they’re steeped in knowledge of consumer behavior, we wanted to add their big-picture perspective to our look at what the near future of advertising may hold. We asked them what were the big shifts in consumer and media trends that would impact marketing and the wider cultural trends feeding these changes. What sorts of consumer behavior or media trends do you think will have an impact on marketing in 2013? Jim Stengel, marketing consultant and educator, author, former CMO of P&G: This will be the year of The Drop.

Responsive web design: key tips and approaches Some time ago, designers knew the exact dimensions of work they were commissioned to do whether it be a book cover, poster, newspaper, etc. However, with the emergence of smart phones, iPads and other monitors with different sizes, aspect ratios and resolutions, we’ve lost control of our visual borders. It’s not surprising that responsive web design (RWD) has become the new buzz. This emerging trend is not about fashion or aesthetics; it is rather an attempt to solve usability problems that arise due to the various devices used to browse the Internet. In this article, I’ll describe the approaches used when designing for different devices, what screen sizes and resolutions should be taken into account, and how RWD works from a designer’s point of view. Responsive web design approaches When creating a website that is fit for all monitor screens, the most common approach is designing within the standard screen width and height. There are dozens of graphics display resolutions. In conclusion

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