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Keyword: responsive design

It’s difficult to pinpoint exactly how or why it happens, but trends emerge and take hold and suddenly we have a new way of doing things. This applies, quite obviously, to things like fashion, food, fitness and baby names, but on a larger scale to economics, politics and culture. Trends on the web are no exception.

For some it may seem like yesterday that a Flash-animated introduction led to a page where links were underlined in blue and content written in Arial and Georgia sat uncomfortably in tables with gray borders. As the web has evolved over the last decade, Flash has been virtually replaced by HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript, tables have all but disappeared and there are hundreds of web-friendly fonts to choose from. In this case, we can point to technological advances that have allowed the design and functionality of sites to improve and create more engaging and intuitive user experiences. Other trends, such as changes in design styles, surface as industry giants like Apple, Microsoft or Google adapt new branding. Whatever the cause of the trend that takes hold, there are those that are well worth paying attention to and others likely to be a passing fad. Is it worth investing in any of these trends? Let’s take a look at a few that are....Read More

I’ll keep this brief. 2011 was an exciting year of change and growth for me. Before the year closes I wanted to share my thoughts on just three of the things that really impact the work I do each day. Responsive web design, content strategy, and the value of listening weren’t new concepts in 2011 but for me each came more into focus this year.

Responsive web design is awesome

Developing your site in a manner that allows any device, not only mobile or desktop, to present the most usable and relevant content to your users is extremely valuable. With newer screen sizes popping up every few months you should start your project with an understanding of the most important content to be presented at the lowest resolution first. Scale up from there adding more content or ordering it in the most usable way....Read More

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