A while ago, designers knew the exact dimensions of work they were assigned to do no matter it is a book cover, newspaper, poster, or anything else.
However, with the introduction of iPads, smart phones, and other monitors with manifold sizes, different ratios and resolutions, we’ve lost control on certain things.
No wonder that responsive web design (RWD) has emerged to become a new trend. This popular trend is not about fashion or any other thing; it is a great attempt to cope with the usability problems that arise due to the several devices that are used to scrutinize the Internet.
In this post, I’ll describe the standard screen sizes for responsive web design for different devices, in an approach to clarify how RWD works from a designer’s point of view.
Web Design Approaches Used in Responsive Designs
When designing a website that is appropriate for all monitor screens, the most commonly used approach is, designing the app within the standard screen width and height. At present, the standard screen size for responsive web design, of a monitor screen is considered as 1024 pixels by 760 pixels, this means the area occupied by your website should be smaller than that — it is 989px by 548px (approx).
If the website is analyzed on a larger monitor view, the page layout will display more part of the background. Over 90% of the websites designed using responsive design use this approach, but it is less appropriate when we design for mobile devices. You definitely can not apply the same layout for a screen of 320px by 2000px size.
Here is a list of various other approaches used when designing websites for different gadgets:
1) Media Queries: CSS enables page styling (including hiding content) depending on attributes of the device, the site is being designed for. Page styling is typically dependent on the breadth of the browser.
2) The Fluid Grid: When page components are measured in relative (%) units and the number of grid columns based on the width limitations.
The most popular method is inspired by the fluid grid – it was the standard proposition for how responsive web design ought to work and it received support from Adobe. In the recent version of Dreamweaver, you can make use of a fluid template to design and edit layouts in a robotic way.
Mobile Device Screen Resolutions
As you can observe, there are numerous factors and dimensions displaying various resolutions (based on pixel per inch adjustments). The resolution (PPI) is a crucial factor — for example, the size of an icon on the iGadget will be 4 times larger when shown on a desktop screen. Therefore along with using the most appropriate size options, all factors such as readability, easy browsing, and easy tappability is crucial for any web design to work on that particular device.
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