It is not so easy to design and built website. Websites are so simple and they can be easily viewed on desktops, notebooks with some variation in screen sizes. Now a day’s mobile devices are very helpful as viewer can browse anything in a very short time. Thus a website can be viewed on smart phone screen, tablet or any other size in between.
Read this post by Pete Cashmore at http://mashable.com/ about why responsive web design took a leap in 2013:
Why 2013 Is the Year of Responsive Web Design
DEC 11, 2012
You may have noticed that Mashable got a new look recently. The design seems wider than usual, and when you shrink your browser, the content resizes to fit.
The aim here isn’t merely prettiness or technical trickery, however: Media companies like ours are seeing a major shift in the consumption habits of their audiences.
Those organizations that don’t act may find themselves behind the curve. Here’s why.
The Post-PC Era
2012 has been a very unusual year in the PC market. For the first time since 2001, PC sales are projected to be lower than they were in the previous year.
Three major elements of a responsive website design are as follows:
1. Multiple media queries:
Media queries help you to design multiple layouts for different types of media like screen, TV etc. With the help of media type you can easily configure different styles, fonts and some extra elements of the page.
Also check out this post at http://blog.froont.com to learn 9 basic principles:
9 basic principles of responsive web design
Responsive web design is a great solution to our multi-screen problem, but getting into it from the print perspective is difficult. No fixed page size, no millimetres or inches, no physical constraints to fight against. Designing in pixels for Desktop and Mobile only is also the past, as more and more gadgets can open up a website. Therefore, let’s clarify some basic principles of responsive web design here to embrace the fluid web, instead of fighting it. To keep it simple we’ll focus on layouts (yes, responsive goes way deeper than that and if you want to learn more this is a good start).
2. Fluid grid design:
Fluid grid helps to make a design or a pattern of various elements. You need not to define the fixed pixel values.
3. Flexible images:
Images are considered flexible. Furthermore the images depend on the browser window.
Basically a responsive web design relates with different designs and development includes the user behavior and environment based on screen size. If the user switch from laptop to I pad, the website can automatically accommodate the screen resolution and image size. Responsive website design requires an abstract way of thinking.
Here is a helpful video by Timothy Cole to learn 3 basic starting steps:
www.logicinbound.com has mastered the art and science of responsive web design and content analysis.