Responsive Web Design

Responsive Web Design

Responsive Web Design

In this presentation, we cover Responsive Web Design, going from a basic overview of the concept to common design patterns and pitfalls. This was presented at the April 24, 2012 Web Developers Group Meeting.

Related Resources


Flexible Video

Mizzou Sites Using Responsive Web Design

Other Sites Using Responsive Design

Browser Support

Mobile First and Responsive Images

Design Patterns

14 thoughts on “Responsive Web Design

  1. Kim Smith

    Responsive Web Design is good for any web developer wanting to stay current in designing for the ever changing desktop viewing landscape.

  2. Traffic Digital

    I’m loving responsive web design. I think it partly secures the medium term future of websites – I wondered until recently whether apps (and the way we find apps) would evolve and the need for websites would reduce. However, responsive web design works the other way round – it’s bad news for apps. Why bother with an app when your standard website will change depending on the device? Already, some responsive design sites are as attractive and functional as some of the best apps. We tried this on our relatively new site – check it out if you’re interested

  3. Jimmy Thakkar

    I think responsive web design is just a new term given to create a buzz.

    I have been designing websites for more than 7 years and i always try and design a site in such a way that it fits all screens and devices.

    Jimmy Thakkar

  4. Mark Hughes

    Jimmy – lots of people are saying that. The thing is, if you design a website to look fine on either a mobile device AND a normal sized screen, you’re most likely going to end up with something that doesn’t quite fit either. Responsive design is also much better for SEO – Google specified last week that they prefer webmasters to build responsive sites, rather than a) relying on the main site being acceptable to mobile users and b) a mobile site. Check out my agency’s responsive website – try resizing your browser to see the site changing. You can see how the user benefits by having a site that is designed to break down depending on the device. Another thing with a responsive site is that smaller images will load on a smaller device, vastly improving loading times. Especially important if you’re relying on crap 3G!

  5. DesignToads

    Mark, are you talking about SEO for mobile or organic? I think if you are focused on mobile optimization than this is true, but having a responsive website isn’t going to affect your standard site’s optimization.

  6. Henry

    Great article and list of resources.

    I really believe that in the field of web design and development, we are at a point where it is impractical – financially and otherwise – for any business to attempt to keep up with the seemingly endless amount of new devices coming to market. Understanding and being able to apply responsive design is key to operating in this reality.

  7. Miracle Studio

    Being a designer, whether you are opting for responsive design or a non responsive design, client participation in the process of design is considered to be of great importance. Here it is a Better Responsive Design .

  8. Periodicos Cubanos

    Excellent article reference about responsive web design. It’s really important addapting our design to all screen sizes. And we recommend not to use Flash for beign more responsive.