There are fads and then there are concrete developments in the way in which we consume media. These development are often measured by how well the effect our spending habits and ultimately inspire us to part with our hard earned dollars. In the case of responsive design it’s more about the practical aspect of how people now interact with and consume digital media. A digital strategist or web developer not considering the trends toward mobile and tablet interactions is not just running a misguided risk, they are making an outright mistake.
The proliferation of mobile and semi-mobile devices has meant that for some time now designers and developers need to not only consider the variables within the one set of rules, but variables within several sets of rules. This means UX (user experience) for mobile and tablet versions of your site need to be considered and developed along side the desktop design rather than as an afterthought.
If you add it up, one needs to consider numerous factors when ensuring mobile and table compatibility. Monitor sizes, browser rules and future proofing are just the start. There are a host of other best practices that IYBI employ to ensure your site looks great on as many devices as possible and will do so for as long as possible.
With iPads and other hand held note pads as well as smaller smart phones, there’s now the consideration that people are not only taking a quick look on these devices but actually making a transaction on their device. The logical design solution for these challenges is what we call true responsive design. The figures which are sure to change considerably in months and years to come are already very surprising.
For some time we’ve recognized the importance of mobile compatible sites and since the start of 2012 all our WordPress developments have painstakingly included mobile versions of the sites we develop. While this space moves at an incredible pace, we hope you enjoy our new infographic.
As a side note you might be interested to know that this infographic was developed by scanning individual pieces of coloured paper that were hand cut and then assembling them one at a time in Photoshop after a rough wireframe had been established for the piece!
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