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Responsive Design is a design philosophy where in the design of the system (the representation and the layout) responds/adapts depending upon the layout of the device. The primary reason to keep your design responsive is to increase the reach of your application to a larger user base using an array of devices. Improving Usability and accessibility: A ...


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The answer you are looking for is the difference between responsive and adaptive web design. Simply said, responsive is where you can resize your browser window and the website/app resizes with it. Adaptive is exactly as you said: designed for a couple of viewports, so maybe for an iPhone, a tablet, and 15" computer screen. However, adaptive might not be ...


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Paddi MacDonnell wrote an interesting article on the hamburger menu and related mobile-first approaches to design a few days ago: It outlines some of the problems of hamburger menus, and concludes with the observation that the device is something of a way to brush the navigation of a complex app under the carpet of the hamburger icon (my carpet analogy, not ...


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Strikes me as very problematic. Adapting to a device's width is much more useful than adapting to it's aspect ratio. In most cases you wouldn't want the same layout on a 4 inch (diagonal) device as a 10 inch device, even if they have the same aspect ratio. Another problematic issue here is that, when dealing with text on the web, it's too hard to control ...


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We need to quit thinking "mobile friendly" and start thinking "device independent". Even mobile devices have resolutions and physical sizes once only found on desktop computers and some cannot be detected as mobile or not. You cannot point to any one width based on resolution where you can be sure it will fit most devices and, even then, that may all change ...


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Responsive Web Design is a term coined by Ethan Marcotte to describe techniques that use CSS media queries, a fluid grid, and other techniques to adapt a web page to various screen resolutions (usually based on width breakpoints). Typically there will be 3-4 breakpoints as you describe (mobile, tablet, desktop, extra large desktop) in a given design, but ...


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Break the header into two. Yes, you can change the website header across devices. However, the example shows what looks like a logo on top of a background image. Consider breaking the header into both a raster image (the background) and a vector image (the logo). This will allow the background to scale down to a mobile device while allowing the logo to ...


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In my personal opinion, it is not a good idea to populate the whole big screen with more content as it would strain the user's eyes and neck having to see from one corner of the screen to the other. So, its crucial to kind of limit the focus of user to a certain area of the screen. Of course, to populate the empty space of the screen, you could employ ...


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Instead of displaying the content in modal windows as you do on the desktop version of your website, you could consider displaying the content in slide-out panes or separate pages on your mobile (responsive) version. Add an easy to use slide up / slide down button large enough for a user to tap on with their finger. What type of information do you store in ...


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Great question. You'll have a couple of options and I've sketched out 3 variations for your. Version 1 – The drop down menu Uses a simple drop down menu that contains your secondary navigation. Pros: Close to the content Takes up very little space Cons Not everyone understand what filter means or understand why they'll need it. Version 2 – ...


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"Profile" "Account" "Settings" Any of these or anything similar if you're worried about users inputting long names. Possibly with an icon in front that corresponds to it, be it a silhouette, gears, or anything else you deem fitting. If that doesn't fit, just the icon, or even replace it with a user's avatar/user-icon. That probably fits best with your ...


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Amazing how I've never thought about this 'conundrum' before, but it's intriguing. Here are the possible solutions I could come up with: Two menu buttons My first thought was to put the sub nav off-canvas to the left. Leaving you with a menu button on the right for a dropdown menu of the main nav and a menu button on the left for the off-canvas sub nav. But ...


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Every example you gave would work. One might work better within your design than the other. Your users won't really care about the way the search input pops up. The best search fields are bug free are easy in use give relevant results help users find what they are looking for (auto fill or alternatives) So I would focus more on functionality and less on ...


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They're not used for the sake of design, but rather for fast implementation. Bootstrap allows developers to quickly prototype in HTML+CSS. Most projects will require at least some kind of grid system and CSS resets, so bootstrap and purecss fill that gap.


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I started out doing front-end development, and shifted into specializing in UX so I spent a lot of time doing the Photoshop/Illustrator to Browser routine. When I joined the team I'm on now, I had to adapt to an Agile environment and have managed to find a balance that works well. Mind you, on the small team I work on I'm one of those 'unicorn' types that ...


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Perhaps in this situation a CSS text-overflow ellipsis may suffice. There are several additional possibilities for indicating the article summary is clickable. Check out the right hand side of https://svbtle.com/ . I am a big fan of making the entire summary clickable to expose the rest of the content, not just the title. For desktop designs you can change ...


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We always need a negative space around our content and that negative space helps our mind comprehend which sections of content are connected and which are separated. There is another concern and that is related to perception of content. if there was no border around the content, how would you know if the words which are now touching the edge of the ...


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I've heard and had this talk too. In my view, people walk away from wireframing and designing in Photoshop or any other tool because with RWD we no longer design for a fixed width. Some people also walk away because they think creating mockups and then designing and then developing seems cumbersome. So then what you do? The answer I hear the most is 'in ...


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Well you can easily do it in Mozilla Firefox. Try pressing ctr + shift + m Then you can choose from varieties of resolutions, also for your custom resolutions. You can drag the sides to increase and decrease the resolutions. Some links here on keyboard shortcuts and responsive design view Keyboard shortcuts on Mozilla Responsive Design View on ...


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That is the "hamburger menu" and it appears that it has a history dating back as far as the 1980s. According to the article it was designed my Norm Cox, designer behind the Xerox "Star" interface. In his own words: I designed that symbol many years ago as a "container" for contextual menu choices. It would be somewhat equivalent to the context menu we ...


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The pattern is OK, but an anchor link is a jarring experience for a button that indicates "navigation". I do like having the navigation on the bottom of every page because it emphasizes content over navigation on smaller screens. There are pros and cons to the solution, but I wouldn't use it. Some quotes I found about this method: "Anchor jump can be ...


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I think it's a great idea, and see no reason why you can't implement it. Responsive design is (still) an emerging discipline, and if you manage to show that aspect ratio gives better User Experience than todays viewport width approach, then you may even effect the future path of cross-device and responsive design. Explore, experiement, implement and test.


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Websites that aren't designed with consideration of phone/tablet use are not only more difficult to use on a phone/tablet, they will be perceived as old fashioned and not up to date when accessed on a touch device. An immediate impression will be "old technology", like when one comes across a website that uses frames, or Java, or blinking text. And as more ...


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I agree with @jonw's comment above, that ideally you would re-design your content from scratch. If for whatever reason management won't wait that long (still do try to persuade them to redo sometime your content for mobile please!), then I have found the most honest approach and the one which will not break UX fundamentally the following: Break the site ...


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I think the problem is probably not that the links are long (and you've mentioned that shortening them is not an option). The problem is that the links look like links and are thus overwhelming. Below is a native app with a UITableView that you can find in many apps. Guess what, when you click on a row, you go to somewhere. And of course that's tons of ...


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To be honest if I were in this situation I would build a site layout that is fluid using wrapper widths based on percentages of em/rem units, adapting to all screen sizes. I'd also add the minimal amount of additional responsive features for an acceptable mobile user experience, including a shown/hidden navigation, stacking the column layout to a one column ...


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First of all, since it's your site, don't guess; know! It's very simple. If you haven't already, add Google Analytics to your site. From there, you can actually see what Mobile Device, Browser, OS, Screen Resolution, etc. that your visitors use. Lastly, after you have what you consider enough data, make your decision on what resolutions you want to ...


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Is this a good practice?, NO! As you said in "older website", web design in general has changed over the years and designers are now focusing on usability and accessibility. Those extra spaces makes your content more readable. Take a look at this: Useful Usability Findings and Guidelines


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If you are going to be building a responsive site then the chances are that you are going to use Twitter Bootstrap or some other framework for the job. Therefore, you can block out all of your prototypes in static HTML with Bootstrap CSS/JS in the . You can even hook up the buttons if you want to do a walk through, the buttons loading up the next static ...


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Let me provide you with insight of Multichannel as its just an antonym to the Cross-Channel term. Multi-channel is a way of delivering services that allows users / customers to interact with the system through a number of different channels and enables successful completion of tasks through any number of these in complete and discrete fashion. The typical ...



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