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Responding to the Tech World’s New Design

My favorite articles was Ethan Marcotte’s great introduction to the modern web browsing landscape and the choices we must make when adapting sites to desktops, tablets, and smartphones. I learned that from a developer’s perspective, the web is very transient and nothing remains permanent for long. I learned about the challenges of compressing photos and blocks of text into readable designs. While I sort of understood there was work being done to make this happen, I never really considered all the nitty-gritty details before.

I thought the next article was a tad confusing, but only because it was presented in a way I’m not really used to. I learned about the different components of screen adjustment (width, height, float, margins) and how they run the show. I was fascinated at learning there was a site called ProtoFluid where one can simulate the view of a phone from your computer. Talk about innovative.

The final article held my attention because I knew I had to make a judgement over which method was the best by the end. In my opinion, I prefer the responsive method, as this seems the easiest to develop and will heal the rift between phones, tablets, and PC’s.  A native app option will work well for your most heavily-used sites, but it’s good to be able to explore the web independently on your phone.

1 Comment

  1. Larisa Gawlik

    I also thought the second article was confusing, but after rereading it a few times I understood it more. I also like the image you used to show the difference between the sizes. I personally like the native app but I do see your point about independently exploring the web.

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