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?
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!