As the world is flooded with all kinds of computing devices, from smartphones to tablets to laptops, all of which come with varying screen sizes, designing a website that works well on each of these devices has become the prime concern of every web designer. Termed as responsive web design, it will drive the next generation of web designing.
With mobile and tablet based browsing becoming more prevalent than ever before, the importance of responsive web design isn’t lost upon any of the professional web designer. 21 percent of web traffic that eCommerce sites get comes from tablets and smartphones, with 67 percent of shoppers revealing their preference to buy a product from a site that has a mobile friendly design. The ever-increasing number of form factors, platforms and screen sizes ensures that a website will not fit every device. The solution being touted is responsive web design that enables the website to adapt itself as per the device specific requirements. Professionals also favor responsive web design as it helps reduce costs by minimizing the need for internal solos, and reducing QA need for every update and website redesign. Below you can find 10 best and most popular responsive web design tutorials scripted by renowned web designers from around the world.
This tutorial is exactly what its title proposes, a simple to understand and easy to read guide to understanding what a responsive web design is. The tutorial touches upon important concepts such as Fluid grids and media queries. Although it falls short of teaching some serious responsive web designing, the tutorial is a good place to start if you are feeling too overwhelmed with the entire noise surrounding responsive web design. The bonus is the two-minute video that tries explaining the need of responsive web design through special animations.
This latest article by James Rosewell, contributing author at Smashing Magazine, highlights options to make a website faster and smoother for mobile devices. In this article James dictates users psychology surrounding responsive time of websites. If a website does not responds within 3 seconds users tend to deviate from that site. So in this article the author denotes ways to stop readers deviating from our websites and make it responsive within 3 seconds.
A brief tutorial intended for web designing professionals making their foray into the realms of responsive architecture. The author focuses on Media query as his primary method of inducing responsiveness in the site’s architecture. From explaining what actually Media query is, to incorporating it in links and images through real life examples, the tutorial does a good job of making understand the technicalities of responsive web designing. The author has to his credit a book by the name of “Responsive Web Design”.
Webdesign tuts+ is a leading online resource in web designing and this article came way back in 2011, when responsive web designing was a concept unheard of in many territories. It is surprisingly comprehensive for its time, with main focus lying on the Grid system or more importantly the Fluid grid. The tutorial explains how it is impossible to create a responsive web design without the knowledge and application of grids. A short one, the tutorial should be enough to get you started with changing the layout of your site to a responsive one.
The tutorial is loaded with illustrations of techniques that are to be applied to induce elements of responsive web design in your site. The tutorial focuses on application of CSS to change the imagery, modify the navigation on mobile devices and setting up default CSS for compatibility with older browsers. With its large and annotated illustrations, the tutorial will come handy to many.
A very informative and to-the-point tutorial that gives you a hands-on experience of creating adaptive websites optimized for the latest mobile devices. The tutorial includes CSS media queries with simple and illustrative examples. Aaron takes iPhone and iPad to exhibit the practicality of the tutorial. One just needs to follow the complete 30 minute exercise to make your design either double-column view or single-column view or adapt it any of the iOS mobile devices.
A great introduction to coding responsive web pages, Harry Atkins creates simple web template using HTML5, CSS and Media queries. The code files are available for local download as well so that you can try designing your own web template that works on computer as well as an iPhone.
Rachel Andrew, explains in this tutorial the methods to apply Media queries to create a mobile version of any website. The tutorial explains how using simple CSS3 rules one can create an iPhone version of a site. It also demonstrates the process of adding a small screen device stylesheet to an existing website to make it compatible for mobile devices.
After working on a large-scale responsive web design project, the author came up with an idea of sharing the various lessons learnt through this tutorial, with especial focus on deep navigation. The tutorial is more of a walk through for creating templates easier to navigate using responsive web design. The author used Drupal’s menu_block module to modify the menu system is user friendly manner for every media query. One would come across terms such “swipe fatigue” and ways to overcome it through RWD in the tutorial.
As most of you must have known by now that grids, whatever they are, form an important part of RWD. Ethan Marcotte tells from his experience how fluid grids can help you make the design so much more responsive. To understand the tutorial in its entirety one needs to have the basic understanding how typographic grids work. The tutorial is itself to the point and complemented by practical examples.
Having keen interest in web designing and online marketing, Saurabh Tyagi recommends to join web designing courses to be expert in responsive web design.