There seems to be a lot of confusion when it comes to responsive web design. Here’s a little post to clear things up.
Responsive web design is a technique that enables both design and development to adapt to the environment of the user based on screen size screen and orientation. This way, users are getting an optimal experience no matter what device they’re viewing from.
Responsive design eliminates the need for mobile users to zoom in in order to see the content. It also means that content is not left distorted such as cropped images or too large of text. Instead, the content is aligned perfectly to fit the screen.
How it Works
Responsive web design works by set breakpoints (also known as media queries) that control different styles based on the capabilities of the device that is being used.
Just like with prints, the internet used to be defined by fixed, or “absolute” positions. However, with the release of the smartphone, tablets, and everything in between, absolute positioning doesn’t quite work like it used to. Instead, relative positioning has become the new standard. This means that content is defined by proportions, rather than set pixels. Here’s an example…
The last point we want to make clear is that with responsive design there is not a mobile site and a desktop site. There is just one website that flows fluidly with its environment, looking clean and professional across all devices.