A quick overview of responsive web design

Responsive web design is no secret nowadays — it’s all about designing websites that flawlessly fit different screen sizes and are compatible with all internet-browsers. It’s a web designers job to insure a site’s content and graphics size well from large to smaller screen sizes. Today, a big population is using smart phones and tablets to browse the internet daily. So it’s imperative that designers prioritize the responsive factors while designing attractive interfaces.

Here are a few quick tips that will help designers create effective responsive sites easily.

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1. Typography

Designing a responsive website is all about fitting the text, images and layouts into different types of screens. Typography that looks good on a desktop (big screen) must also look appropriate on smaller screens. The capability to fit into all types of screen sizes without dropping the design, content or any other elements is the foremost requirement in responsive designing.

Tip: As a responsive designer, your typefaces must keep the same style, scale and format when scaled down. You can use Plugins to sort out any issues that might occur when sizing down. One of the known plugins is FitText, which is widely used by designers globally.

2. Images

Images are another important element to keep in mind when working with responsive. Designers have to make sure an image does not lose its quality or get chopped off when viewed from a smaller device.

Tip: You can maintain the size of an image by using various graphical elements within the body. Once you’ve laid out an image within a template, check how it’s displayed on a desktop computer, then shrink the window size and see if anything gets cropped out.

3. Quick navigation

A website with several categories and links always confuses users, especially when viewed at a small size. It’s important to create condensed menus at the top of the screen or create drop down menus. This is a simple solution that still keeps the site looking sophisticated.

Tip: Designers can create quick navigation solutions by using a pop-out or slide down menu. This is especially the case for sites that have tons of products and services, and links to various external or internal sites.

4. Less loading duration

Users will not appreciate webpages that take a long time to load. Keep in mind that smart phones and tablets always require a bit more loading time due to restrictions in the screen’s configuration.

Tip: Create responsive designs that have pop-out windows, condensed menus and scroll bars. If a page has to take a little more time to load then make sure to include a funny style or feature so the user stays engaged.

Thanks to Deepak Gupta and india-designers.net for these quick tips in responsive web design!

What tips can you share about responsive design?

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