Responsive Web Design has become more than a new trend in web development. It has evolved into a framework, a set of tools and techniques, that aims to render content and info in the best possible way depending on the device it is accessed.
Standard, all-round solutions for displaying content in HD, low resolutions, landscape or portrait modes are no longer viable, considering the multitude of devices available on the market today. So, response is the key focus, as it requests info about the device, it reacts and displays a optimized version of the layout.
There are a few tips and tricks that can help master responsive web design and allow you create beautiful sites and apps that will appeal to the mobile user. First, you should use simple layouts and HTML code. Use HTML 5 doctype and guidelines, a reset stylesheet, user friendly and simple menus and avoid inline styles, intricate divs, and redundant pieces of code.
Using media queries is also a must do. It’s a powerful tool that allows the load of alternative style sheets and addition of specific styles, depending on width conditions and based on most common resolutions. You should also focus on break points. Define them and use them according to which devices your site is displayed on.
Use a flexible layout, by integrating flexible grid columns to organize content and relative (not fixed) width to adapt the viewport size. This is the best way to adapt the way content is displayed on virtually any screen size or orientation. You should also use adaptive sizing and breakpoints to make pictures fluid.
These are just a few of the tips for a successful responsive web design projects, the basics. We will approach other tips and tricks in a future post. Stay tuned!