Knowing how to design mobile first and responsive web design is extremely important! Learn how to design by using our top 3 essential techniques!
Designing a website with an adaptable and flexible context and layout, capable of responding to different screen sizes and resolutions, context, and devices is known as responsive web design.
However, because of the increased number of mobile users and people who are using their smartphones to access the internet, open websites, and shop online, there is a new trend on the market known as mobile first.
Mobile first is an approach used by the web developers who design a mobile version of your website first, then adapt this version to a tablet, laptop, and finally to a desktop screen. That is why this approach is also known as progressive enhancement.
If you decide to implement this concept, you need to focus on what is important – you need to keep in mind that the mobile screen size is not the same as the desktop screen size, therefore you need to decide what information you are going to include. Also, make sure not to add too many pictures as you can only confuse the users. Keep it simple and keep it short.
In order to help you design your mobile first or responsive web design we are going to present you top 3 techniques you may use:
- Modify the Box Size – Each element in an HTML page is presented as a square box. This model (the CSS box model) determines the content that is occupied by a certain feature. The CSS box model defines how this model will function in relation to space and size. You have to ensure that all features have their box sizes.
- Convert the Typography – You need to use relative measures in order to get the result of a flowing layout. The relative measures will provide fluidity to the website when the font and screen size are modified. If you need help converting the typography make sure to ask for a professional assistance from a web designer or developer.
- Determine the Viewport – The viewport is the visible area around the mobile device and it is the space where the website is displayed. By customizing the viewport you will be able to define the visible resolution of your site.
Now is all up to you – keep learning and you will be able to find some great techniques to implement mobile first or responsive web design!
— Lucas Estevão (@lucasdsbh) 4 de noviembre de 2016