Responsive Web Design
Smartphone is the theme since almost a decade now and along with it, all mobile devices were instantly naturalized or at least their future was secure, if once may say. The paradigms of web interaction, use and ultimately design are now in a huge melting pot where in the fire of technology and popularity will decide which of the principles or philosophies will turn into standard mode of action.
It is a very exciting and at the same time very indecisive time for website designers and the whole web design industry as a whole. One of the leading trends that will surely stand the test of these trying times is the principle of responsive web design.
Defining Responsive Web Design
Responsive web design is defined today as the design that responds to the changes in its environment. With smartphones, tablets, touch-laptops and mini laptops, the environments a website needs to perform in have become dizzyingly varied. The screen sizes, resolutions, interactive capabilities, responsive web design that responds to these factors and fluidly fits its environment for the best visual and functional experience.
Origins and Need
Although it is a now term, the concept is not that new. The idea first appeared in a university research paper but it was a time when all the computers ran with almost the same hardware and developing such a technique would have been fruit less. Today however, the stage is set, with so many varying environments accessing website, that it has become imperative for a more efficient web design, as ‘one size fits all’ can no longer be applied.
At first, when mobile phones were being used to access internet and use online services, it was convenient to simply create a different ‘mobile’ website and get on with it because there was not much variation in the capabilities of mobile phones at the time. It is a different story nowadays, if a visitor cannot access your website ‘properly’ it does not have the intended impact and it is not feasible to have a separate website designed for every individual device model on the market.
Responsive web design lets you design only one website that will snugly fit any device that may be used to access it.
Working with Responsive Web
As for the programmers, responsive website creation can be quite the headache but for designers and artists it is just what they would need. The only problem with responsive CSS and HTML5 codes is that they are not intuitive but apart from that, many wonderful ideas and concepts can be implemented with this technique.
Even if one does leave out creativity out of the picture, a responsive design offers many other benefits like easier management, simpler maintenance, server space and so on. First off, managing the content becomes so much easier and it can also be arranged as to auto update content periodically. For web masters, maintaining a single website is better, any day than maintaining two or three different websites.
Along with graphical and visual revolution of web, responsive web design is a keeper for any philosophy of web design and it will most certainly is becoming an industry standard.