Looking forward (on the web)

On my weekly hike up the Grouse Grind, I’ve been listening to podcasts about anything related to web design and this past week I encountered yet another new term: Responsive Design! Ahhh yess!

Karen McGrane on The Web Ahead talked about responsive design as being the process whereby one website is created for all screen sizes, all devices.  On this podcast with Jen Simmons, Karen explains this wave of the future, while addressing the difficulties of convincing large corporations to change the way they have done things in the past.

Here, Ethan Marcotte, describes how “rather than tailoring disconnected designs to each of an ever-increasing number of web devices, we can treat them as facets of the same experience. We can design for an optimal viewing experience, but embed standards-based technologies into our designs to make them not only more flexible, but more adaptive to the media that renders them.”

Together Karen and Ethan co-host another podcast called Responsive Web Design, of which I am now hooked! Last week I listened to them talk about:

  1. the Renovation of WBUR, a public radio station‘s website,
  2. the Responsive redesign of Cincinnati Art Museum site, and
  3. the primarily desktop to mobile responsive redesign of SONOS.

Fascinating and so helpful in understanding the scope and nuts and bolts of approaching this type of web design! Next on my list are the re-designs of America’s Test Kitchen and BC Transit! Close to my heart and my home!



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