What is responsive we design and how is it used in practice? This question is not that hard as it seems. In simple words responsive web design, very often abbreviated to RWD because as you may see the proper name is quite long, it is an approach to designing websites that should by all means provide the best and optimal experience while viewing a website.
Main concepts of responsive web design include easiness in navigation and reading the web page content, as well as minimal amount of resizing or scrolling. This concept is utilized to ensure maximum performance and flexibility of website across many devices such as smartphones, tablets, notebooks and desktop computers.
Responsive web design’s aim is to fit correctly and without any obstacles into a wide variety of screens. Some designers and programmers claim that the year 2013 is exclusively the year of RWD. There is much truth in it because while the technology is developing in an outstanding pace designers and programmers have to keep up with it. Therefore among a great variety of screen resolutions, various window widths and preferences of users the web has to fit in into the world of technology.
This development of mobile devices, smart TVs and browsing through let’s say a game console forced designers and programmers to come up with a more universal idea of setting up a site that would be displayed properly on every single device. Therefore, the concept of ‘responsive’ website that instead of being programmed for various kinds of devices, as there were problems displaying in very low and vary high resolutions or wide screen, in a way responds and adapts to the conditions provided by the device. It is a kind of constant information exchange that enables the site to display correctly.
This seems to be the future of the Internet, at least the nearest future as who knows what will come out in next few months. The functional benefit is invaluable for one simple reason. Programmers and designers save precious time creating one flexible design. Universality of website displaying on almost every kind of web device ensures optimal viewing and user experience on continually growing amount of screens and devices.
Among many responsive web design pages I have selected a couple of website samples as good web design examples. Take a look at those modern web designs and if you have some other suggestions please include them in comments.
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