When to use Responsive Design

You should use responsive design initially and as often as possible. With the changes of mobile devices and how we interact with them on a daily basis, it’s critical to target a variety of viewports and resolutions. Making sure that your website or web application is cross platform (device) compatible is becoming more important over time and equally important as cross browser compatible. In other words responsive design is now mainstream.

“Google is now suggesting developers use responsive design tools like media queries to handle the variety of screens now accessing the web.” – http://googlewebmastercentral.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/responsive-design-harnessing-power-of.html

Responsive Design in it’s early stages was mainly the practice of doing a one size fits all solution for everything, browser and platform alike. But if we just take the core concepts of responsive design, we can use it with other best practices to greater fit our need. Like, using a mobile site and creating a responsive design for that vs using it as a layer for the main site.

When initializing or integrating Responsive Design the following topics need to be thoroughly reviewed for the best solution:

The our considerations prior to implementation are:

  • Some content needs to be packed differently
  • Other content needs to be a smaller or less bulky
  • And what content do you leave behind

Our goals with implementing responsive design is to do the following:

  • Our purpose stays the same
  • Our strategy changes
  • The solution is a mix of what we already have plus some new things
  • The more we become familiar with the constraint, the better our solution

The Benefits with using responsive design:

Is Accessible in benefiting disabled users?
http://www.tsw-systemsolutions.com/blog/mobile-website-design/responsive-web-design-accessibility-using-all-web-channels/

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