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Responding to User’s Needs Responsively

Responsive Website Design No Comments May 14, 2015

How irritating is it to try and find something on a website when you’re using your phone?  Or even your tablet?  Yeah, me, too. Totally frustrating.

Which is why I’m so excited about responsive web design. It allows us to build a website that will work on every device and every screen size, no matter how large or small, mobile or desktop. It responds to the users device – get it? It’s responsive. Responsive design is not the same as mobile design. Mobile design entails creating an entirely new website or web app with content specifically created for the mobile experience. Responsive Design, on the other hand, means that the same domain, the same content, and the same syntax — more or less manipulated by JavaScript and/or CSS3 Media Queries — respond to different viewports to provide the best user experience possible for each device.

We’ve redesigned our website using a responsive design template from Bootstrap so if you’re reading this from your mobile device, see how great it looks? Chris recently made a video explaining the concept.

Fun fact: “Responsive web design” is a term coined, and largely developed, by Ethan Marcotte.  If you’re at all technical, you may want to check out his book Responsive Web Design, which is worth a read.


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