Mobile – Bringing Design and Coding Skills together
Today’s smartphones and tablets come in a variety of different screen sizes. We have the 3.7 inchers (smartphones) to the gargantuan 10 inchers (tablets). And thanks to Samsung’s Note series we also have to factor in a whole new slew of 5+ inchers (phablets) now.
But the trouble doesn’t stop at screen sizes. There are screen resolutions to account for too.
If there’s one thing designers know too well, it’s to design for screen resolutions. Ensuring that their pixel-powered creations display exactly as they intended, the varying screen sizes and resolutions of today’s mobile devices have presented them with a new conundrum.
Enter Responsive Web Design
Responsive web design is a technique which is used to dynamically resize website layouts for any sort of display. The technology detects the device type that’s being used to browse a website, changing its layout and animation possibilities on demand. Think the portrait and landscape modes on today’s mobile devices and you’ll get the point.
It is no longer practical for web designers to provide one website mockup and get some developers to work. Designers should now also have a basic understanding of coding technologies so that they can get mobile website development exactly right. Getting your website look to align horizontally as well as vertically is the need of the hour.
After all, mobile is becoming the preferred way for visitors to check out websites.
How to Get Started with Coding for Responsive Design
You need curiosity and a hunger to learn the fundamentals of coding, specifically the role of grid layouts.
Or maybe you just really need something as dead simple and intuitive as GridPak, a responsive grid generator tool. It can create your own custom grid layouts and download it for use in your designs. Experiment with columns, paddings and gutter width to your heart’s content until you get exactly the grid layout you need.
But wait. You need to design for smartphones AND tablets AND desktops. That’s where Responsify. It comes to your aid. This live-saving web tool lets you view how your layout grid will render under multiple devices.
Web designers have already got the creative aspect locked down. So they will face minimal trouble in this department. What they need to focus on is to challenge their preconceived notions about designing for fixed-width layouts. Fixed layouts are no longer in vogue. They need to start experimenting with grid layouts and screen sizes that go accordingly with these grids. Once they get this aspect down, the world’s their oyster for taking!