Does Your Website Look Good Everywhere?
UPDATED: AUGUST 17, 2016 – ARTICLE: RESPONSIVE DESIGN
Category: Website Design & Development
When you create a website think responsive design. Being a web designer I’ve taken up a lot of roles in the past few years.
If you too are like me and possess an incredible amount of expertise in front-end/back-end development, UX design etc., then you’ve reached the right post.
Here, I’ll be making you familiar with one of the finest trends among designers i.e. merging the responsive design technique for developing sites/apps which cater to both, desktops as well as mobile devices.
As you read through the paragraphs within this post you’ll get to know about the intricate balance between mobile and desktop browsers.
Fluid Typography And Digital Media- Two vital Components Of A Website Layout
Irrespective of whether you want your site to gather the attention of desktop users or want to make it reach out to the mobile users as well, it is essential for you to pay special heed to typography and digital media.
Talking about typography, you need to select it in a way that every piece of content included on your site can be easily read and understood by the visitors.
Then comes the media. Here, you need to make sure that all the right kind of media files comprising of embedded videos, photos, page graphics, slideshows etc. have been placed appropriately.
When merging a single website for different screen sizes, you need to have fluid content. You’ll have to re-size your images and typography for making them fit into your screens and easy-to-comprehend for the site/app users.
One of the best ways of handling media on a website is to start with the mobile-first design approach. As per this, you need to determine how the chosen mobile layout would adapt to fit the content that you need, followed by scaling the same to a much larger dimension.
Consistency- A Key Point Of Concern When Designing A Site/App For Desktops And Mobiles
Designing a site/app while keeping the consistency factor in mind is perhaps an excellent approach. There are very less chances for an individual who’s accessing a site via his/her iPhone to switch over to desktop for resuming the site browsing.
However, as a designer, you need to ensure that the site designed by you is equipped with a clean and easy-to-navigate interface. By maintaining consistency throughout the website, you can easily do away with any chances of confusion that may crop into the minds of site visitors.
Breaking Down Each Responsive Layout Into Restyle Page Content Sections
Every responsive website has some level of fluidity associated with it. To put in simple words, at different viewpoints, a responsive layout is being broken down into multiple page content sections which are related to images, sidebars, fonts, headers or any other design element that affects the horizontal width of the page.
All these different viewpoints are also called breakpoints. Since all the breakpoints are being created in CSS, you can easily opt for hiding a sidebar after a specific width value. Additionally, you may also opt for resizing the remaining elements which have been placed on the page.
Another thing that needs to be noted here is that while sketching the project wire-frames, do make it a point to imagine how your site would break down to individual breakpoints.
Adaptive Navigation Is Need Of The Hour
Navigation is regarded as one of the most crucial responsive traits of a website. A viable means of using adaptive navigation in your site/app is to re-size the link text in such a manner that the smartphone users can easily tap the links so as to reach different locations within the site/app.
As a web designer, you can easily pull of the adaptive navigation effect under a situation where you don’t require a wide collection of links. Instead you can choose to utilize the hamburger menu which is already in use by hundreds and thousands of native mobile apps that have been designed for iOS and Android mobile platforms.
Form Inputs Need To Be Handled With Care
Although forms aren’t needed for every website, they have indeed become a common feature of every online portal that we visit over the web. With the Simple Contact form being a common feature of every website, you need to be careful about designing the input fields, ensuring that they are fully supported on all touch-screen devices and don’t overlap each other.
Moreover, you also need to pay attention to the accurate placement of elements such as check-boxes, radio-buttons, date pickers etc. for the different forms placed all over the website/application.
When designing forms for responsive website, make sure to double-check for any bugs in terms of looks and functionality.
You need to make proper arrangement for use of the right responsive design techniques that would work well for designing forms that function properly on all desktop and mobile browsers – with just a single set of HTML/CSS code.
In A Nutshell
Here’s hoping the idea of merging responsive design techniques for desktop and mobile screens will set you on the right path towards creation of flawless websites and applications.