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Responsive Design is a Question and not THE Answer

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October 17, 2014 10:45 AM

Washington, DC

Washington, DC

Our design work needs to include mobile and other screen formats, as projects increasingly require that content, interfaces, and services work across all device types.

Over the past few years, responsive web design has been perceived as “The Way” to address mobile use. But responsive design is just one of five main possibilities available to designers: Native app, HTML in native app wrapper, HTML5 app, Mobile (screen)-focused site, and Responsive web design.

Today, designs must work across a diversity of platforms, screen sizes, device capabilities, and user contexts. We need a well-developed understanding of the five (and more) options available to us in order to accommodate various devices, typical use situations, and other issues, to make sure we take the wisest path.

How do we decide what is most appropriate for our designs? All of the options available to us need to be considered up front as we work to understand the needs of the user, the systems involved, and how best to meet project goals. This session will provide the background and understanding for thinking through these options from the strategic and tactical perspectives. We will also provide a decision tree as a take away to help attendees work through the options for their future work.

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