The New Buzzword: Responsive Web Design

Have you heard of responsive design lately? Wondering why it’s the next big thing?

Let’s start with what responsive design is – it’s design that adjusts to the user’s environment. Remember the good old days when we only used to visit websites on our desktop or laptop? Well, those days are far gone. We use a variety of tools to view websites nowadays, including smartphones, laptops, tablets, televisions, and much more. With the increase in tablet usage, and several other new gadgets, it’s crucial that a website adjusts according to a user’s screen size. A website that is only designed for a computer is no longer user friendly on various different devices because most users (including myself) do not enjoy pinching the screen, and squinting my eyes to read something on a webpage. Responsive design not only adjusts to a user’s device, but it also changes depending on whether it is viewed in landscape or portrait mode.

It’s impossible to have a design that will adjust to every single platform and browser that exists. Nonetheless, if your website is not smart enough to tell the difference between a 32 inch TV screen, 13 inch laptop, 7 inch tablet, or 4 inch smartphone – it might not be user friendly. As time go by, more and more users are using their smart phones and tablets to view websites

 

Who’s Doing It?

We are:

 

So is Barack Obama:

 

And so are many of the popular websites including Google, Facebook, CNN, Gmail, Yahoo Mail, and many more.

What do you think? I look forward to hearing your thoughts in the comments below!

 

About Zahir

Zahir Poonawala is the CEO of IT Precise. He is highly involved in the design and strategy side of the business. Zahir has a valuable skill to translate a customer's vision into a beautiful website design. He is great at educating the clients about best web practices and making suggestions relevant to their client base. He is an expert in several programming languages and tools. Zahir's educational background is in business and technology - simply put, he understands both sides of business. He received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with honors, Magna Cum Laude, and Master of Science in Information Technology and Management from The University of Texas at Dallas. When he is not working, Zahir enjoys the finer things in life, like movies and cycling. He also enjoys volunteering - in the past 5 years, Zahir has spent over 4000 hours volunteering.
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29 comments on “The New Buzzword: Responsive Web Design

  1. Alyson on said:

    Great article Zahir! I have come across some websites that are not responsive, and after a while it gets pretty annoying pinching in and out. I looked at your website on my phone and Google Nexus – it works great, good job!

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