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Responsive Web Design Vs Adaptive layout, Which One Rocks?

The Mobile web has been revolutionized with smartphones, and tablets with their growing popularity are throwing another wrench in to the gears. Considering this, a website of today must perform parallel and with great efficiency on a low resolution smartphone, a medium resolution tablet or a high resolution desktop or laptop.

This is what a responsive or an adaptive web design offers. Both are basically processes that make a website work efficiently on very small screens, very large screens and at any resolution without sacrificing the User interface or experience.

Over the last few years, the design industry has collectively developed a list of common practices for making websites for the mobile web. Many of these practices involve retrofitting websites to perform on high resolution and down to the lower sizes. While some focus on smartphones first and then work up to the larger viewports, scaling the content as needed.  These practices can be categorized as either a responsive web design or an adaptive layout. Starting with the Adaptive layout, lets briefly discuss what these two are and how do they perform.

What Is Adaptive Layout Design?

Before responsive web design went big, adaptive techniques and layout dominated the industry. Although it’s easier to transition a normal website into adaptive layout, but they require more work if you are making a website in adaptive from ground up- even more than a responsive website. This is also the reason why most people choose this route while retrofitting an existing website to make it mobile friendly.

Designing In Adaptive

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Before responsive or adaptive web design became a thing, you simply designed a single layout and developed it. However, in Adaptive layout you design for multiple viewports and then go for development. It’s generally easier to begin designing at low resolution view ports and work your way up.  But if you go reverse, meaning if you start with high-resolution and go down towards low, things can end up a little cluttered. The number of viewports you choose to design for is entirely up to you and the developer, but it’s also sensible if you first formulate a strategy based on where you are getting your visitors from and then decide from those view ports.

Developing In Adaptive

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Developing in adaptive layout is similar to developing a traditional website. You will begin developing the site at low resolution for mobile viewport then you will use media queries to expand the layout for higher resolution viewports.

Keep in mind that the adaptive layout jumps if you decide to test it just by resizing your browser window. This is because you are only targeting multiple common viewpoint resolutions and not all the independent common viewports-which is also much more of a hassle if not required.

What Is Responsive Web Design?

As of today, responsive web design and development is a catch all term and the most commonly used approach for making a website to work on all resolutions. This is because in responsive web design there is technically less work and maintenance as you only have one layout. It can also be more customized for a website, and this is the key feature. Responsive web design also includes fluid layouts which are amplified by media queries at either low or very high resolutions. 

Designing In Responsive

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Adaptive design lets you have a simple guide to follow while responsive design isn’t so simple. Many designers argue that designing in the browser is the best way to go about responsive. Some even suggest designing & developing at the same time. As in responsive you have to take all the viewports into consideration, there is more work involved on the design side. It is also an ideal practice to keep the viewports in mind, but not the design of any particular one. We also suggest that you should try to work on a middle ground by focusing on mid resolution and keeping in mind that the layout should be adjusted for lower & higher resolution later.

You would also need to keep in mind your existing user analytics and devise a design strategy in according to that.

Developing In Responsive

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This is where the real fun begins. Once you have designed the layout of your website, you will use the media queries to make it responsive. However, here you will not be defining set viewports; instead you will manually resize your browser until you see breakage. This is when you will set your breakpoint width and add a media query to fix design breakage and continue. The ideal way of doing is from a high resolution device so that you can see and test all viewports. Once you have worked for both low and high resolution, move on to final testing.

Responsive Vs Adaptive

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If the agenda is to perform exceptionally well on all the devices and screen resolutions, then Responsive web design and development is by far the best choice to make. But in some cases especially for complex web apps an adaptive layout can serve visitors better. That being said, there are some businesses that choose the concoction of both the solutions while inclining majorly towards responsive web design. This is because the idea is to have a rock solid display and experience across all mediums which is made relatively possible and budget friendly due to the technologically advanced responsive layout. Plus, most of successful startups of today, suggest that their key to convert on all the platforms is because of a well styled responsive website design and creativity which transforms the experience even more.

It is also worth mentioning that if you still have audience in IE6-8 and you are having problems serving there, you can make things work with polyfill CSS3 Media Queries. If you need inspiration regarding adaptive or responsive designs, you may want to have a look at Mediaqueri.es.

Need a website that looks great and brings customers from all screen sizes, Contact us for a responsive web design. Quotations starting from $400.

The 10 Hottest Trends In The Web Design & Development Industry

If you are ready to make a mark on the web and your new or first ever website is in the pipeline, you would be visiting countless of websites in a month to get some inspiration. So what kind of impact does that leave on your view of a good website design?

Besides the W3C standards which are in fact constantly expanding and innovating, Dezine Geek too is seeing and experiencing new design and development trends being introduced to the masses.

Here is our selection of some show stopping and appealing web design trends which are making waves of popularity today.

1. Flat UI Designs Are IN

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Flat User Interface is what bringing web application and websites to life these days. It is a mix of fun and smooth colors coupled with total simplicity. Although Microsoft has been into Metro UI for a fairly long time, Apple introduced its Flat UI design first with iOS 7 and now in iOS 8 beta. 

We believe that Flat is going to stay and evolve into something more dynamic this year and the next too. Above image from Munch (Flat WP theme)  

2. Large Hero areas take over sliders

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Large hero areas have become a big trend of web design today. This term, which has been borrowed from the print media was previously the “intro area”, often having a small image or slider with very little text. Now they are running rampant in some of the best websites as big and bold and taking over the websites which used sliders.

Whether with a simple blurred photo in the background with text in the middle, or a more elaborated one with illustrations, large hero areas are attention grabbers and continuously becoming very creative. Consider Bryter’s larger hero area (image above) practice as an example.

3. More Focus On Responsiveness

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Although there has been quite some debate on responsive web design vs  mobile app and which one is the best, but responsiveness have now been around for fairly long. Strictly speaking, responsiveness has become a standard now, being the best and the most enriched alternative for making websites device friendly.

However, we believe that there is still room for growth in this sector, considering designers who are introducing new art to their responsive websites.

4. Videos Where There Used To Be Text

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You can only write so much before people realize that they can process the same information interactively in the form of a video and without reading.

This is because the video content is cheaper and easier to produce and surely we are going to see more of them, especially when it comes to showcasing your product or introducing it to the world.

Same goes for websites which opt for interactive videos as a background. Have a look at the media boom page (image above), there retro style background tells the story of their business. 

5. Minimalism Sidelines Fluff

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Besides Flat which hints towards minimalism without all the fancy colors, minimalistic and simple web design has been emerging already. One of the main reasons for minimalism is the huge emphasis that has been put on content and content only. 

Simply put, minimalism in web design is the future as people will not stay more than a minute to find something that has been hidden behind the fluff. (Above image from mecre)

6. Your Personal “Branded” Typography

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Fonts have been evolving for the past couple of years and they are available in a surplus amount. For example, consider Google Fonts, which offers hundreds of diverse fonts for free. However, now there is a trend setting among designers who are using more personal and “brandable” fonts for a change. 

“Brandable” fonts mean only one thing that the website which uses them is sending a message that they are independent and free from other’s opinions on how to run their business. (Above image absinthe font)

7. One-Page Scrolling/ Long Scrolling

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Why put content on different pages when it can be served from a single page? Single page website, the name it goes by now is “long-scrolling” or “one-page scrolling”. Its use has now evolved and lets visitors view all of your pages by vertically scrolling up or down. (Above image from an online health service infographic)

One-page scrolling can be taken as a trend which has made its comeback, or maybe it just never left. Anyways, One-page scrolling is showing signs of popularity in the web design community and we are constantly running into businesses which are taking full advantage of this trend.

8. Fixed Navigation & Social Media Themed Sites

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Think of the fixed navigation layout, as your Facebook wall, no matter how far below you scroll, the menu or in other words navigation sticks on top of the screen so that you can easily access your notifications, messages & profile etc.

This style of navigation bar is emerging quickly and there are a lot of creative uses for it as well. Fixed navigation is often dubbed as Social media themed websites and they tend to make the user experience seamless and more accessible. We will be seeing a lot of this advancement not just now, but in 2015 as well. (Above image from Virgin Racing)

9. Dumping The Sidebars

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 Now you don’t need to have a sidebar on every single page of your website, instead focus more on the full width content pages and incorporate widgets which scroll-out sidebars from the side of the page when needed.

Although you would need to do some coding in JavaScript, or jQuery, but this feature is still quite simple to implement and gives you more website space to utilize.

10. Parallax And The Other Similar Crazy, Cool Stuff

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Parallax websites take an interactive story telling approach to guide visitors through the site. This is generally done by making the background of the site move slower than the foreground as you scroll down. This renders an impressive visual effect which allows for countless creative applications for online storytelling.

Parallax websites are often categorized under one-page scrolling sites, but we have seen plenty of websites that present single parallax images keep the visitor engaged and scroll through the entire image. Here is an excellent example of a Parallax website www.boycoy.com. (Above image)

Plus, expect similar things to hit the web in the coming times, such as the use of HTML5 in animating different parts of a website (see ’’Tobi’s Story’s website”). The subtle scrolling timed in tune with animation is the cool stuff and it will continue to evolve in 2014 & 15.

At Dezine Geek, we closely follow the latest web design and development trends and we do not advise what we ourselves haven’t followed or implemented.

So if you have achieved the inspiration or the plan you needed, but say you need some assistance with its execution; feel free to contact us and we will help you with your website.