Developers need to design responsive and adaptive sites to accommodate all types of screens with any resolution. That has so far proven to be a critical requirement for 2020. Most users prefer responsive and adaptive designs for quick access to whatever information they need from the website.
Furthermore, the UX content of design should be set up in every shape and form that is readily available for all users. Thus, developers need to prioritize these components to ensure that they attract and retain users on their sites and applications. Today, users are quite impatient and they always want to find the information or service that they are looking for quite quickly.
By using motion in the web design, developers have enhanced the accessibility and responsiveness of their site. Motion enables the user to be effective and understand any complicated things.
The use of practical motion principles in web design makes a strong bridge between the design and the user. It quickly grabs the attention of the user and simultaneously solves his time while interacting with the site and gives them a top-quality experience.
Responsive and adaptive designs play an integral role in the development of apps and websites. Choosing wisely and effectively can empower designers to plan and execute their designs with an effective aim, purpose, and results. With the ever-growing pervasiveness and diversity of mobile devices, designers must seek to cater to the adaptiveness of various screen sizes.
From the small smartwatch to the giant corporate monitor, there are multiple ways that users can access data and different information online today. Designers who need to bridge the gap between devices should either design adaptive sites or responsive sites.
Developer Ethan Marcotte was the first person to introduce the term ‘responsive design’ in his book, Responsive Web Design. These designs respond seamlessly to changes in browser width. They do so by adjusting the placement of design elements to perfectly fit in the available space.
A responsive site effectively shows content according to the available browser space. If you launch a responsive site on your computer and then change the size of your browser window, the content moves automatically to arrange itself optimally for the smaller window. The process is automatic while using mobile phones since the site is designed to check for all available display space and then presents itself in a perfect arrangement.
Responsive web design is easy to use since it is fluid. Therefore, the users can access the site via the internet and enjoy as much of it as they wish on their mobile devices as they would access it on a huge monitor. For it to work, the responsive design needs a good conceptualization of the website and insightful knowledge of the needs and wants of the eventual users.
Adaptive Web Design
In 2011, web designer Aaron Gustafson introduced Adaptive Web Design in his book titled: ‘Adaptive Web Design: Crafting Rich Experiences With Progressive Enhancement’. This design is also known as the progressive enhancement of a site.
While the responsive design relies on altering the design pattern to fit the available space at a given time, adaptive design has many fixed layout sizes. Whenever the site detects the available space, it chooses the layout that will fit most appropriately on the screen.
Thus, the site selects the ideal layout for a desktop screen and there is no impact on the design when the browser is resized.
Some of the major sites like Apple and Amazon have configured themselves to become mobile-optimized websites. The layout displayed on mobile in the adaptive design sites varies from the desktop version since developers pick a different layout for the mobile devices instead of letting the design to rearrange itself.
Most developers who use the adaptive design create six designs to cater to the six most common screen widths in the current market which include; 320, 480, 760, 960, 1200, and 1600 pixels.
When developed precisely, adaptive or responsive designs manage to attract and retain growing numbers of users. Thus, developers should design their sites with their users in mind.