In this article we will be looking at a webdesign term you may have heard before but unsure what it means –
What Is Responsive User Interface Let AJR Explain
The term “responsive design” is often applied to modern web design. But what is responsive design and how does it apply to web design and development?
As more and more people of today access the internet from tablet computers and mobile devices it become’s even more apparent that modern web designs are not suitable for viewing on smaller resolution based screens. Of course you can zoom in and out on most modern devices, but that makes the act of navigating around a site a bad experience (UX Design) for website visitors..
One solution was to develop mobile versions for a websites, that rendered different content for mobile devices with smaller screens. This works, and has its advantages. For example having an entirely different mobile site means that the content and features of the site can be tailored exactly to a mobile audience. However most commentators agree that cost outweigh the benefits. The first cost is financial, creating an entirely different site costs more money. The other cost involved is both of the websites need to be maintained and updated independently which takes longer as it is double the work load.
An alternative solution is to use responsive design. In responsive design a website displays the same content to all devices, however this content is styled and presented differently depending on the available space. Most commonly a website will show information in several columns on wide screen devices but switch to fewer or just a single column on small screen devices. Another common technique is to switch from a full width menu to a collapsing menu on smaller screen. In some cases part of the content can be hidden on small screens.
This technique which was developed for websites quickly found its way into web application design. The benefits are equally compelling in this case. While it’s always going to provide more effort to input information into a mobile device (simply using the keyboard is more work) it’s very useful to be able to view the information in your application when you are on the move.
A range of useful tools have come to light to make building responsive web applications easier. At AJR we sometimes build web applications using a framework known as Bootstrap. This is a user interface framework developed by Twitter. It started as an internal Twitter project assisting them in developing in-house software and is now open source and used by a large number of websites and web developers.
If you’re looking for a responsive web design (as in this day and age all sites should be responsive) and you want to be able to access your website from all devices, make sure to talk to your designer about the benefits of responsive user interface design.
Here at AJR Designs all our websites are mobile friendly they render and scale to the size of the screen the website is been viewed from, If you are interested in a website or redesign don’t hesitate to contact us we have 4 packages available for clear transparent pricing.