Before I start with the recipe, you should know what is a responsive web design? Responsive web design (RWD) has created a buzz around the tech world- it is an approach that enables optimal viewing of websites across smartphones and tablets.
The increasing use of Smartphones has brought a great revolution in designing industry. Now websites are no longer restricted to large and traditional canvas of desktop systems, they can be viewed on small screened devices. The biggest challenge for a designer is to ensure that a website appears good both on small and big screen devices. Now what are the ingredients that make a design responsive?
RWD is a blend of different features that allows a website to adapt the environment of the device; this mix is made up of CSS3, media queries, fluid grids, flexible images and videos.
Fluid and flexible grids are popular since the beginning of web, but they gained immense popularity with time as they help in creating responsive website. Fluid Grid controls the large and small styling proportionately to provide the best experience for each and every device.
Media queries provide different styles to make a website look good on small screens as well. It controls the way, a style is applied via screen width, orientation, and other properties. Media queries let the web pages use different CSS style rules according to the characteristics of the device and make a page look same on every device.
Multiple media queries can be combined together into a single style sheet. For instance, if you want to set a style to a certain range, drop min-width and max-width media queries together.
Flexible Screen Resolution
Another important point while designing a responsive web page is to make flexible screen resolution that can fit into different screen sizes. A responsive screen resolution is able to cope up with variations in sizes, functionality and color of new devices that are developed every day.
Just like screen resolution, a designer has to work really hard with images. There are many techniques that help a designer to make responsive layouts and handle different images at different screen resolutions.
Made with the ingredients? Now here are some tips that I have learned
• Hide irrelevant content, they create a mess on small screen
• Create collapsible block of your content
• Big buttons are easy to click so enlarge your buttons.
• Use minimum width instead of maximum width
• EM units are useful then PX units
A website that re-sizes itself for desktop system and gadgets simultaneously can never die. So if you want to add more life to your website, play with the ingredients, pepper it with innovation and serve with a cherry of creativity on top. Did you like the recipe of our agency experts? Don’t forget to let your chef know about the results.