Web Design Trends – Responsive Web Design

Web-Design-Blog-Responsive-Web-DesignNowadays 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

Simon Collison

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Andersson-Wise Architects

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Stephen Caver

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Sparkbox

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Food Sense

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The Boston Globe

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Think Vitamin

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Sasquatch! Music Festival

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Internet Images

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Staffanstorp

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Sources: Design Modo

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About ratanjaiswal

Hello! My name is Ratan Jaiswal. Welcome to my new blog! I am a Web Designer With Higher Diploma in Animation and Multimedia Technology based in kolkata, India. I design and build simple and attractive web pages. I specialize in Graphic/Web design.

Posted on January 5, 2012, in Web Design and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 15 Comments.

  1. I’m still learning from you, but I’m trying to reach my goals. I certainly enjoy reading everything that is posted on your website.Keep the stories coming. I loved it!

  2. Sparkbox, ThinkVitamin, and Internet Images are all really nice!

  3. cool blog i’ll be sure to bookmark it

  4. Good post, I’ve bookmarked ya on Digg under “Responsive Web Design WEB DESIGN BLOG”. So hopefully our friends can give you a visit. Cheers!

  5. hi this is very good blog for new web Masters that will help more for newbies… we also web design company,, good blog keep on posting..

  6. Best design technique that apply in all world web pages called Adobe and Flash both better . some problems in Flash programming like don’t appear easily in search engine then your work hard for getting result.
    If you talk about Adobe design then search engine like it because provide you quick result in your local search engine if you focus on Adobe that better again other design.

  7. You’ve got brought up a very sensible details , regards for the post.

  8. Hi Ratanjaiswal,
    This might be off topic, however, Since 2010 has finally arrived, the latest and innovative website designs that will escort the new look of tomorrow’s online market, have also arrived. There will be web design trends that people will be keen on and probably some they would not like much, and what is hot at the start of the year may be passé by the year end. In addition, the web designing trend doesn’t start on and end in the first month of the year. There are specific modifications in styles and trends as the year progresses.
    BTW great blogpost

  9. Your portfolio is really great! I can see you take pride in your work!

  10. This indeed has been the trend for a while now, actually. I’m surprised you haven’t mentioned much on the impact this could have on smoothing the integration between traditional web browsing and mobile web browsing. Impressive collection nevertheless. Bravo!

  11. Attractive component to content. I just stumbled upon your weblog and in accession capital to say that I acquire in fact enjoyed account your weblog posts. Any way I’ll be subscribing for your feeds or even I achievement you access consistently quickly.

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