With the increase use of tablet and mobile devices Responsive Design has become a necessity for your web presence. Needing to present your content on a vast array of different devices can feel like an intimidating task, but there are fairly simple steps to take to ensure it is possible. Whether you’re planning a full responsive redesign for your current site, or starting your web presence from scratch, the following best practices will help you reach your responsive goals.
1) Use a Grid & Break It When It’s Appropriate
Grids are the foundation of every well-thought out design. This doesn’t change simply because we now plan for multi-screen behavior–it means we can explore grids differing in complexity in order to successfully adapt to the user’s screen. It’s rarely wise to break the design grid as that’s what gives order to the content within it, but breaking from a singlehanded approach to grid design is the new norm.
2) Prioritize Content and Know When Less is More
It’s far more common for companies to share too much information on their website than it is to share too little. Prioritizing content can be a difficult task especially to those with a multi-faceted business, but it’s essential in order to ensure an effectively informative website. Determine what the audience absolutely needs to take away from one glance and adapt it to work for every device–even if that means removing even more content for mobile.
3) Create A Strong Visual Hierarchy