“Good web design is about the character of the content, not the character of the designer”. (Jeffrey Zeldman)
Many of us might have squandered our lot of time in the development of innovative, responsive web design. First of all, what is responsive web design (RWD)? It is a systematic approach of the web designers to create web pages that contribute to easy reading, impactful user interface, effective scrolling and easy navigation. RWD is somewhat a guide for users. With the aid of RWD, readers and users are prevented from sinking in the complexity of websites.
Strategies that should be kept in mind while designing a responsive website
The strategies that should be kept in mind before the creation of responsive websites are listed below:
1. Progressive enhancement
Progressive enhancement comprises the use of all those strategies that makes a website visible and accessible to all. The progressive enhancement also includes the visibility of the website on all the web browsers either they are highly advanced or poorly advanced. The progressive enhancement makes sure that the content should be precisely present in semantic markup.
‘Mobile-first’ strategy should NOT be avoided. As smartphones are typical much these days; hence, their use and importance should not be overlooked. And websites should be developed in ways that they appear pretty optimally on variable mobile screens.
History of responsive web design
Ethan Marcotte was the first one to make use of the word “Responsive Web design” in 2010. Responsive web design, a theory-based book produced by him, thoroughly explains the practice of RWD.
Mashup and Forbes declared that for a website, it is not only crucial to create a mobile-friendly website but also to emphasize over the responsiveness of web design.
Core concepts of RWD
There are three extremely significant and crucial concepts of responsive web design,
1. Flexible images and media through CSS operations
2. Flexible grid-based layout
3. Media queries and media query listeners
For effective web design, the use of all three should be made mandatory.
Responsive web design, as mentioned above, is extremely pivotal for the startups, continuity and enhancement of businesses. Responsive web design proclaims a website a formative layout that displays the website in a specific manner. This manner is both reasonable and long effective for both long and short term businesses platforms.
“It doesn’t matter how many times I have to click, as long as each click is a mindless, unambiguous choice.” (Steve Krug)
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