A design approach that delivers elegant user interfaces regardless of the size of the user's display or the limitations of the device.

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What are the ideal widths a website should be designed for on a phone/tablet/computer?

What are the ideal/typical widths that an adaptive/responsive website should be designed for in order to accomodate the most devices possible?
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Hide controls on a touch enabled device and only show them if someone uses a mouse?

We're building a responsive web site and we're having a discussion about how to display controls on a map. The theory is that people with touch-enabled devices do not need to see zoom sliders because ...
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Design patterns for Search

I know this may sound very generic question, but I am forced to post this to understand different patterns of search. I am working on a content oriented site which contains various types ...
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Navigation for a Web Comic - Icons, or Thumbnails?

The typical webcomic navigation is usually: First | Previous | Next | Last Which is about how my comic's current navigation looks, give or take some wingding icons for good measure: There's ...
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Usability testing and responsive web design

What are your take on usability testing and responsive web sites? The flow of page objects, hiding and showing different types of menus or the resizing of objects could have a big impact on ...
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Starting responsive web design from desktop planning? (project time crunch)

Backstory: Our product team has begun finalizing details for a user accounts project, which will be worked on in a fluid framework. But, responsive web design had just been brought up to the product ...
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Does the Foundation framework comply with Section 508 and other accessibility standards?

I'm considering using the Foundation framework for a responsive design for two of my current projects, but I would like to know this: is Foundation designed to adhere to accessibility standards? If ...
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Responsive design: Should I go bigger than 1024px?

I have 6 responsive variations for a web app, from 916px to 320px wide. While running some internal tests, 2 out of 6 people mentioned that they would prefer if the app responded to bigger screens ...
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Is it appropriate to detect the user address details from mobile service provider for banking site on mobile/tablet

I am in phase of researching different approaches for designing saving bank account opening from phone/tablet. It will be a combination of responsive and adaptive layouts. The challenge we have is ...
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Chrome Mobile - Request Desktop Site and Media Queries

I'm wondering what people's best practices for handling the Chrome option on Android of "Request Desktop Site" when a site is developed using media queries. When the site is viewed the media queries ...
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Is it reasonable to partially implement responsive design?

Has anyone ever heard of someone making only some pages on their web site responsive? What do you think about this idea, is it good or bad? I'm not really sure how I feel about the idea. Please ...
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How to display a rotator / carousel in a responsive website when shown on a mobile

I'm working on a responsive wireframe and the desktop version has a feature area rotator. On the desktop site, it just has arrows and I worry that that will make navigating the rotator difficult on ...
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Best way to indicate that a image gallery can be swiped left-right on mobile/tablet

I'm in the process of adding responsive design to our website and one of the main features that users interact with is our image gallery (we are an editorial-based website). At normal viewport sizes, ...
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What are some responsive frameworks that are used, and what are some tradeoffs between them?

We're currently in the midst of "going mobile" here at work, and we'd like to start factoring responsive web design into the design process from the start. We don't, however, know where to start with ...
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Should I use responsive design for an enterprise application used on a variable number of screens?

I'm designing UI for an enterprise application in which the users view their work environment in a single screen mode and dual screen mode (desktops only!). With this system, the users fill in ...
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Visual language for fixed and fluid widths

Is there a common visual language (symbols) to highlight what parts of a web page that should be fixed or flexible when you're doing wireframes? For example - a web page consists of two columns. One ...
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Responsive Web Design - what should happen when the mobile device is rotated?

Currently, the standard behaviour for viewing web pages on a mobile is that: If viewed in portrait the text is smaller because the width of the device is small and the whole page width needs to fit ...
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How should modal popups and tool tips be handled in responsive websites?

I am reviewing some website wireframes from a client and have decided to make the new site responsive. I've had pretty good luck so far with responsive theming and design from a few past projects and ...
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Responsive Websites on tablets: portraits or landscape first?

I'm designing a responsive website for my master degree thesis. It's my first experience in this field, so I'm wondering, when I'm designing for tablets I have to consider the portrait or the ...
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Displaying Lists on Web and Mobile

I need to show a list of items - some thing like browse all the records on the web and mobile. Basically its a list of startups and information about the same. this is a basic version i have come ...
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What is the exact difference between fluid and responsive design?

What is the exact difference between fluid and responsive design? I am bit confused about fluid and responsive design. Fluid is the one where we give width in percentages so that design will look ...
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Responsive Pricing Table

I am designing a simple Landing Page which has 2 lines about the product and the Pricing Table. I want to Make a Responsive Layout for Mobile. Not sure which is the best way to display the Pricing ...
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Should I place my menu on top of my mobile version of this showtimes website?

I'm trying to design a simple website that will show movie showtimes in a few cities. It's going to be a french website but I translated the important content in the screenshots and the website to let ...
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What is a good alternative to drop-down menus for site navigation on touch-screen/mobile devices?

We're in the process of redesigning our website, and one of the design goals is to make the site more mobile/tablet friendly. Our current site is very large, and the navigation is somewhat ...
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Is breaking established web conventions in order to be consistent across multiple devices an unexpected (and therefore harmful) user experience?

As a good working example: The standard convention is for mega menus to appear on hover (see sites such as play.com and next.co.uk). This fits with Jakob's Law of the Web User Experience which ...
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Should users be forced into a responsive design (without the ability to opt out)?

There is nothing worse than getting automatically redirected to a mobile version of a site, and not having (or not easily finding) a "view normal site" link. It's not just that the mobile site is a ...
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Responsive web design for e-commerce website?

I'm going to build a big e-commerce website and client want that website should be for all user Desktop, Tablets and Smartphones. and budget is not a problem. Site is an e-commerce website lost of ...
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Responsive Web Primary Menu - Show as expanded or contracted by default?

For a responsive website where - at a set break-point - the primary navigation contracts to as single menu item that opens and closes the navigation menu (See the Starbucks.com site for an example) is ...
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What's the best “show navigation” icon for limited screen space

I read through the article and comments on "We need a standard show navigation icon for responsive web design" by Andy Clarke and it got me thinking about the subject and I'd like to hear your ...
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Responsive text or truncated text in Mobile devices?

I was reading this very interesting article on the use of responsive text to show only critical content on mobile devices by the use of responsive text to show one version for the web and one version ...
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Responsive Layouts: Can they respond to *on-screen* keyboards? (i.e. Tablet / Mobile keyboards)

This question is fairly simple, though I'm not sure the technology exists yet. I'm building a responsive version of a website to be optimized for use with a tablet device. This is one challenge ...
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Is responsive design a must? [closed]

My question has two parts. Is it right to design a responsive site for the web and display it on a mobile device? Should sites be designed separately for mobile devices?
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Using a responsive design for an internal-use-only, enterprise application that runs in a browser?

I am building a fairly large scale application that runs in the browser, and only on intranets. It is essentially a website, as in it's still just content viewed in the browser. But it's not a ...
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Is this an instance where I should apply responsive design?

I'm not a great graphic designer or UI designer. I'm developing a plugin that has a popup window on click of a link on webpages. The effect is similar to this one: http://fancybox.net/ But instead ...
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How to adapt your website for TV browsers?

Many home electronic brands have presented new television sets with built-in browsers and apps. Even though not many of these have enjoyed widespread adoption, the responsive web design movement talks ...
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Responsive website - navigation usability advice

I am developing a site which is to respond to different screen sizes. The site is fairly large and has up to 4 levels deep in terms of page/menu hierarchy. What I am wrestling with now is how to adapt ...
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Is there a scaling behavior guide for designing sites & system interfaces?

In my work I was asked to define the scaling behavior of the system interface (or website), and I was wondering whether there are any guidelines or best practices about how to characterize and design ...
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Should a responsive or adaptive web design be done with only two layouts?

I am working on a small Drupal site that needs to be mobile and desktop optimized. Tablets are not a large part of the anticipated usage. The process has not been ideal. We are planning on taking a ...
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Is switching to a selectbox navigation for mobile devices a good solution for complex menus?

An example of this functionality can be found in this site (shrink the browser viewport to see the selectbox navigation take over.) Is this a good practice? Wondering if anyone has any experience to ...
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How should large table columns be handled on a responsive design?

Related to This Question, I'm interested in what I should do with a responsive design theme where the users have control over the columns which are displayed in a tabular, data rich page. Users are ...
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Responsive web design Vs Separate website for Mobile

Responsive Web design is buzzword these days. which means to create a same website and optimized for all devices. There are also some website which convert the desktop websites into Mobile website ...
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What techniques can I use to wireframe sites with responsive/fluid layouts?

How do you make wireframes for responsive or fluid layouts? Typical wireframing techniques are static and aren't well suited to showing how designs scale. What techniques exist to capture the dynamic ...
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Responsive web design technique in desktop application?

What do you think about using responsive web design techniques in a desktop application? We need more space for large data and since all monitors today are widescreen, it could be good practice I ...