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  1. Posts tagged responsive web design

  2. Links for 6/11

    Brad Frost, responsive web guru and genuinely nice guy, wrote about the concept of atomic design - designing web pages from the smallest component up, combining atoms into molecules into organisms which populate a finished page. Along with style guides and pattern libraries, this represents the shape of modern web design.

    At least for today.

    Cleve Gibbon has written a great explanation of why we should be building content APIs, not more web publishing tools. If anyone asks you to build them a new CMS plugin or website template, send them this link first! Then, send them to Packagr. (Hat tip to Jeff Eaton for the link.)

    posted 1 year ago on Jun 11, 2013 | Permalink | 1 note

  3. This wednesday I got the chance to participate in Luke Wroblewski’s workshop on Mobile Web Design at An Event Apart. Here are my sketch notes from the event.

    While mobile design has traditionally followed web design, in the near future this pattern will definitely be reversed. With the explosion of non-desktop devices, it now seems almost archaic to design for specific screen sizes or use scenarios. Your web page must work on all devices, known and unknown! 

    A few crucial points that stood out were:

    Focus on content:  Simplify simplify, simplify! When you design you should consider efficiency formost - both in the design of the page, and in the delivery of the assets. What do you want to use precious bandwidth on? The average mobile experience is 1.5 slower than desktop - be smart.

    The constraints of small screens force you to hone in on important information. These constraints are crucial in not only the principles of design but navigation as well. If you’ve identified the most important pieces for your mobile experience, does that change if the screen is bigger?

    Content first, navigation second. I know it’s sort of obvious but as designers we forget this quite frequently. We seem to be drawn to nav bars and should step back and look at aligning content with user’s needs. 

    -Bushra 

    posted 2 years ago on Jul 13, 2012 | Permalink | 8 notes

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