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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Should users be able to zoom in a responsive webdesign?

When it comes to a responsive design: should users still be able to zoom in or out? We are currently working on a responsive design and one of our testers found it awkward that he wasn't able to zoom ...
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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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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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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 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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Why is that the most popular sites don't use responsive design (and choose to use a mobile version instead)?

I think I don't have post screenshots. Most popular sites don't have responsive design (in fact I haven't seen any single one that does): Facebook, YouTube, Quora, Twitter, and the list goes on. With ...
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Responsive Breakpoints?

Twitter Bootstrap uses these break points for responsive design: Large Display: 1200px Default: 980px Tablet: 768px Mobile: 480px A client said they are using 1280px for their Large Display ...
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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 Design - How to deal with wide HTML Tables

I am doing a proof of concept with responsive design. One web page that I am modifying has some extremely wide tables. I really don't know how to shrink the tables width so there is no horizontal ...
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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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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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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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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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What does Responsive Web Design actually mean…?

I've gone through with many articles to understand exact difference between Responsive and Fluid web design. But couldn't make my understanding differentiate between these two. Can anyone help me to ...
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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's the reason behind fixed (position) navbars?

It's becoming almost customary for responsive designs to have fixed-position navbars, where the navbar is fixed to the top (usually, or even bottom sometimes) of the viewport of the browser. Don't ...
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What does “mobile-first” mean?

So I've been trying to find a legitimate answer to this question for a couple days. I read an interview in Awwwards recent publication Trends Web and Mobile 2013 with the following answer in regards ...
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Best Approach for Responsive Linked Images from Desktop to Mobile?

I am redesigning a website from the early 90's and trying to make it more "responsive". An issue came up that involves two images on the homepage when viewed on mobile devices. These images are linked ...
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Responsive Menu that has a LOT of menu items

We have a responsive menu that on mobile just shows the top level menu items (x8), but on desktop also shows hover drop drop downs with service areas within the parent menu item. The problem is we ...
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50% of the site responsive / 50% old vs. the whole site is old

This may sound like a daft question, but here it goes. Faced with a challenge of turning a really old hand-coded website that is left-centered and feels/looks 1990s into a responsive site (using ...
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Web design workflow without Photoshop

There is more and more talk of web designers moving away from the idea of spending an incredible amount of time wireframing and then designing in Photoshop and I wanted to get everyone's opinion on ...
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What is the generally accepted resolution for mobile design?

So, I am a week and a half into a new project, and I've been designing for a resolution of 320px * 480px. I am new to the game and I've just found out that that resolution is too small considering the ...
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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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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 Secondary Menu

I have a layout similar to the below screenshot. Where the top nav will get collapsed using hte Twitter Bootstrap Nav Collapsed. Also i have a secondary menu below the nav bar on the left hand side ...
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Icons vs. Dropdown for primary mobile navigation

I am working on a responsive design in which there are 5 selections in the primary navigation. I'm thinking because there are only 5 I could use icons instead of a dropdown for the primary navigation. ...
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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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Using aspect ratios for responsive design breakpoints

I am trying to figure out what the best way to make my site responsive would be. It seems a lot of people base responsive design off screen pixel dimensions, but I feel breakpoints in aspect ratio ...
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Responsive Nav: How to show user login status on mobile phone width?

I building a responsive navigation, and I'm trying to get a nice clean simple mobile portrait menu. In the enclosed illustration, we have a standard nav. The business requirements state that the ...
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Should I reduce the number of menu items when showing on smaller devices, or use a 'hamburger' responsive menu?

So I was thinking about how I could make a responsive menu a better experience rather than just firing it into a drop down on mobile that has a hamburger as an icon. Would it perhaps be a better user ...
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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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What's the best approach for header/footer in responsive web design?

I'm an IA doing a responsive site, as part of a much larger scale e-commerce site. Our pages are the only responsive parts of the overall site, so 90% of our site will not yet be responsive. Part of ...
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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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Responsive design on desktop

I am creating a responsive UI application for desktop, tablet and smartphone. And it looks and works fine. Most of the site has a responsive design like microsoft or nokia global. It also changes ...
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Best Practice for Responsive Website Header

While working on converting an outdated website to be more responsive I came across a concern with the website header. The client wants to keep their large graphic (both image and text are 1, not 2 ...
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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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Contact form on mobile vs. mailto: link?

I have decided to put a contact form in the footer for my portfolio site and opening the question up to include any site where the decision was to add a contact form on the desktop version... Would ...
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When is appropriate to include buttons and or swipe command in a Responsive Design off-canvas layout.

When is appropriate to include buttons and or swipe command in a Responsive Design off-canvas layout? While doing some Responsive Web Design research for sites using the off canvas navigation ...
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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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What are the strengths and weaknesses of dynamic responsive typography?

By dynamic responsive typography, I mean a system where the type changes in real time based on an external attribute of the environment or the user, without the user explicitly setting it. Here is an ...
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Is making all your desktop content available the same as making all the functionally available?

I was wondering if the argument for providing all the content from your desktop site on your mobile site includes making all the functionality and features also available?
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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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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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How does “upload an image” behave in a Responsive Design environment?

i.e. "Upload CTA" usually launches an OS based file selection interface on desktop devices. How would this work within a responsive design environment if the user is on a mobile browser. Would it / ...
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How to achieve this layout in a responsive design?

I am currently, working on the below layout and I am finding it difficult to maintain alignment and layout. Below is the layout I want, in blue border.
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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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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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Using a Timeline in a Responsive Design?

I might already know the answer to this but would like some feedback / opinions on this. I am currently putting together a responsive design that will use a linear horizontal timeline. This works ...
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Mobile website text link

When developing a mobile or responsive website (for touch screens) making navigation links and other buttons larger to be easier to tap and avoid 'fat fingers' is a good idea. My question is what ...
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Best practices for how search icon functionality should work

I’m trying to find out how exactly the search icon functionality should work when the icon is clicked. This is for a responsive website. I have three scenarios, please view them on a smaller ...