Responsive Web Design & You

Here is a short list of things I find annoying.

  1. You ask for a Coke and the waitress says “Is Pepsi okay?”
  2. Mouth breathers
  3. Upside down toilet paper
  4. When you go to a website on your phone and it doesn’t automatically format to your screen size and you have to scroll side to side 5 times just to read 3 sentences.

The phenomena in number four is referred to as responsive web design. responsive web design is the approach that suggests that design and development should respond to the user’s behavior and environment based on screen size, platform and orientation (Smashingmag). Or simply, the website can tell what device your using and adapts itself.Devices can range from desktops, laptops, smartphones, tablets, and even wearable tech.

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God bless responsive web design. It is convenient, plain and simple, and in 2017 its going to be heckin’ important. As of 2017, 77% of American adults own and use smart phones on a regular basis (PEW). And like I said in my last post, consumers want mobile usability, where it be through apps or mobile websites and Internet use is shifting from desktop to handheld.  Also with dwindling attention spans, if your website isn’t easy to navigate or read, a potential customer will click off your page before you can say responsive web design.

Not to be dramatic or anything, but websites will have to adapt or die. DUN DUN DUN.

 

References

Responsive Web Design: What It Is And How To Use It – SmashingMag. (2017, January 13). Retrieved January 18, 2017, from https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2011/01/guidelines-for-responsive-web-design/

Mobile Fact Sheet. (2017, January 12). Retrieved January 18, 2017, from http://www.pewinternet.org/fact-sheet/mobile/#

The future of responsive web design. (2015, March 25). Retrieved January 18, 2017, from http://www.webdesignerdepot.com/2015/03/the-future-of-responsive-web-design/

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