Web Design Trends – Responsive Web Design
Nowadays technology is getting a part of everyday life so as expected websites are no longer viewed only on a computer monitor but after the rise of mobile devices such as iPads, iPhones and other smart phones there’s a necessity to make websites that look good on multiple devices. As we are moving into the digital age the job of a modern web designer is getting more difficult, the direction in which web designers are heading in this quest for universal access is called “Responsive Web Design.” Many articles have been written about responsive web design making us consider it as a hot topic, but the question is, is it truly the next big thing that designers should consider?
Responsive web design is a different approach of web design using this technology one can create a flexible website layout that dynamically fits into the screen of every device at any resolution, from desktop to laptop and from browser supported smart phones to any kind of mobile devices. This technique enables web developers to create one version of the website that fits in all devices rather then creating different version of the same website for different devices. There are three main aspects of responsive web design one should know.
1. Flexible Layouts
The most important step is to create a flexible layout. The main difference between fixed (px-based) and flexible (%-based) layouts is that flexible layouts can adapt to any resolution. With flexible solutions, the width of the layout depends on the viewport of the browser and can perfectly fill the viewing space without any manual adjustments from the user’s side. Fixed layouts can’t do that.
2. Flexible Images
Since the area available for an image to display within a flexible layout changes on the ﬂy, the images may need to as well as obvious as it seems, adjustable images are very important. Here are a few ways this task in achievable. You can ultimately resize the image on the fly, or dynamically crop the image. By combining both methods you are enabling the image to resize automatically when it’s below a specific size.
3. Media Queries
Media Queries are similar to conditional comments. For example, you can have one stylesheet for a large display meanwhile providing different stylesheet for mobile devices with different widths. Media queries allow designers to create multiple layouts using the same content. To achieve scalability, CSS media queries are used to apply different page styling according to certain parameters, like min-width and orientation.
Responsive web designing is a completely different designing version than the traditional web designing, in terms of technical and creative issues and a careful use of this can do wonder while designing. It helps significantly to resolve the design problems associated with the different resolutions, making the user’s experience enjoyable, simple and easy.
As always my goal is to keep you inspired and push you further, for that I have collected some of the most inspiring and outstanding examples of responsive web design from our talented community. The following websites will look great in any screen resolution.
Examples – Responsive Web design
The Boston Globe
Sasquatch! Music Festival
Sources: Design Modo
Posted on January 5, 2012, in Web Design and tagged adaptive designs, flexible images, flexible layouts, fluid & responsive, fluid web design, media queries, modern technology, modern web design, responsive web, responsive web design, web design trends. Bookmark the permalink. 15 Comments.