Five Useful Responsive Web Design Patterns

| August 18, 2012 | Reply

Responsive web design requires a very different way of thinking about layout that is both challenging and exciting. The art of layout was already complex enough for the centuries that it was defined by fixed elements, now things are becoming exponentially more complicated as layouts become increasingly adaptive.

To help reprogram your brain to consider layouts in new ways, we’re going to take a look at some interesting responsive design patterns that are being implemented by talented designers all over the web.

Starting Small

One of the most popular ways that I see responsive design being implemented is to simply assign a fluid width to the columns of content on the page, which become narrower and narrower as the page width decreases until the one major jump to a single column mobile layout. We can see this technique at work on the luxury hotel website 137 Pillars House.

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As you can see, the layout really only goes through a single major transformation. The rest of the adaptation is very gradual and is merely a narrowing of the initial layout.

This seems to be how many designers are sticking their proverbial toes in to test the waters of responsive design. It’s a great place to start because it can require much less time and effort than multiple major transformations while still offering the benefit of serving up a web page that looks great in any viewport size.

Rather than simply flirting with responsiveness though I want to encourage you to take the plunge and explore the vast possibilities that are now available to you in terms of layout design. Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with the approach above, but it’s always a good idea to take your skills a step further and stretch what you consider yourself to be capable of pulling off.

Read more at DesignShack.net | 5 Really Useful Responsive Web Design Patterns

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    Sara is a Kent State University alumna with a degree in public relations.

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