Responsive Web Design: What It Is and How to Use It?

in Web Design and Development: We’re seeing better interaction design and more aesthetically pleasing
designs. And we’re seeing more personal, engaging, and memorable sites,
too. But what exactly is making the difference? What new directions is Web
design heading in today? What new techniques, concepts, and ideas are
becoming important?

In the field of Web design and development, we’re quickly getting to the
point of being unable to keep up with the endless new resolutions and
devices. For many websites, creating a website version for each resolution
and new device would be impossible, or at least impractical. Should we just
suffer the consequences of losing visitors from one device, for the benefit
of gaining visitors from another? Or is there another option?
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. The practice consists of a
mix of flexible grids and layouts, images and an intelligent use of CSS
media queries. As the user switches from their laptop to iPad, the website
should automatically switch to accommodate for resolution, image size and
scripting abilities. In other words, the website should have the technology
to automatically respond to the user’s preferences. This would eliminate the
need for a different design and development phase for each new gadget
on the market.
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This eBook Web Design and Development contains 16 articles that cover current as well as upcoming Web
design trends. It also includes facts on responsive Web design, improving
Web security, useful coding tips and practices for HTML5 and CSS3, and
much more! This eBook on ‘Modern Web Design and Development
touches on what Web designers should be ready for to keep abreast of new
challenges and opportunities.

A Complete Guide to Web-Design

These articles have been published on Smashing Magazine in 2010 and
2011 and are known to be the best on professional Web design and
development. They have been carefully edited and prepared for this eBook.
We hope that you will find this eBook useful and valuable. We are looking
forward to your feedback.

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ISBN: 978-3-943075-08-3
Version: May 4, 2011
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