An example of a responsive website, The Boston Globe, displayed on multiple devices What is responsive web design? Responsive Web Design (RWD) is an approach to web design in which a site is crafted to provide an optimal viewing experience—easy reading and navigation with a minimum of resizing, panning, and scrolling—across a wide range of devices (from desktop computer monitors to mobile phones). As time goes on, responsive web design is drifting away from the pool of passing fads and rapidly entering the realm of standard practice. In fact, the magnitude of this paradigm shift feels as fundamental as the transition from table based layouts to CSS. Simply put, this is a very different way of designing websites and it represents the future. For instance, the Paper & Ink Graphic and Web Design Website/Blog that you’re reading this article on is actually a responsive design! To see it in action, open this article on a desktop browser and slowly make the browser thinner and wider. You should see the layout magically adjust itself to more comfortably fit the new width of the browser, even if you make the page as skinny as the resolution of a mobile phone. What problem does responsive web design solve? Along with the changing landscape of web browsers the users expectations also changed. They wanted to be able to browse on their smart phones and tablets as easy as they do on a desktop computer. This need caused businesses to create 2 separate websites. One to be used on a desktop and the responsive one to be viewed on a smart phone and tablet. Problem Solved: A website for all platforms We solve the problem of creating 2 websites [...]
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