With the use of mobile devices skyrocketing, websites nowadays need to be designed accordingly. No longer can they be assumed to be viewed in a basic desktop browser format, instead, site design needs to consider everything from tiny phone screens, tablet screens and everything in between. This led to the latest standard in web design: responsive design. This quote encompasses key lessons.
Lessons from making the Boston Globe website responsive:
“So starting at 960, we designed downward. Every decision informed the one before it and the one after; we flipped back and forth between breakpoints a lot. As the Mobile First mantra suggests, designing for mobile was most instructive because it forced us to decide what was most important. And since we refused to hide content between breakpoints, the mobile view could send us flying back up to the top level to remove complexity.
“As I design anything, I’m asking myself what’s absolutely necessary and how I can simplify. The responsive design process regimented this way of thinking. Stepping through each breakpoint helped us stay simple.”
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