When Ethan Marcotte wrote Responsive Web Design I thought it was a great article that showed designers that it is possible to create designs that can flex and move to fit the screen they are on. We needed this line of thinking because you just never know how people are going to view your content anymore. Before the question was what resolution to design for and after some time we began to settle on fixed width designs that could be viewed on over 90% of our users' screens. Now the question isn't just about resolution, but also what device and what type of viewport (landscape or portrait).
Responsive web design is supposed to aim for a single design that acts like a liquid in a container. It takes the shape of whatever resolution it is in and while this means more work for the designer it also leads to a better experience for the user.
At least for the most part...
When viewing a website on my iPod Touch I don't want a resized version of the website. I want a version that gets me quickly to what I want and avoids all that isn't necessary. This might mean that the version I'm wanting is nothing more than what I would see in a RSS reader. I don't need flexible images. I don't need any images at all most of the time.
In that case maybe Instapaper is all that I'm looking for.
I completely understand the advantages of Responsive Web Design that Ethan talks about and maybe this includes the ability to remove what isn't necessary from a design when viewing through certain devices. I don't think responsive web design has to be an all-in-one solution where you can't leave things out and in that case I really don't have a case against responsive web design. I just think that it needs to go beyond resizing and trying to make everything flexible.
Sometimes we have to deal with the fact that we can't or shouldn't make the experience of our sites that exact same across all devices. While we should ensure that our brands make it through being careful and selective of how the experience is on a mobile device versus a desktop can go a long way in showing that you care.
There isn't one. There isn't even a mobile version of the site. There needs to be one, but with so many different sections and types of content I dread having to do things all over again. It will get done though and will be a great learning experience. My tiny brain just has to get creative with some of the solutions to the problems that I will encounter. Maybe it will be fun after all.
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