things we learned

lessons from working in the design and web development business

We Are Architects

We all have a vision of what architects do, right? They sit in front of CAD all day drawing walls, doors and toilets on floor plans, right? But after realizing the duties of architects, the similarities are compelling and it leads to one conclusion: web designers are architects.

How we learned to leave default font-size alone and embrace the em

(…) Our design decisions are now more commonly informed by the context in which a component lives in the page, and how it adapts fluidly and proportionally within that environment, regardless of its pixel-based scale (…)

Filament Group’s blog on why re-setting the browser’s default font-size just because it’s easier to do the math needed for relative units may be a less-than-good idea when applying contemporary webdesign principles. Make sure to read the follow-up on rems and ems as well.

 

July 18, 2012
by The Team
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How much does a responsive web design cost? (german translation)

*Prelude: The web community is spread all over the world and has more or less agreed to communicate in english. Many of today’s trends and tomorrow’s features are discussed in mailing lists, in changelogs, on twitter, and in blogs. Nevertheless there are many “local” communities and not everybody is fluent in english. So we thought it is a good idea to translate this (to us) important article on “Responsive Web Design” by Brad Frost to german, for “our” community. So enjoy.* Continue reading

The challenges of responsive web design go way beyond media queries and screen widths. In this article we look at some of the key issues you need to explore when embarking on a complicated web project, considering if, how and why the project should be made responsive. […]

[…] the most important thing right now is to make sure you ask the right questions at the start of each project, make the right choices, and jump into experimentation yourself with a maximum amount of pragmatism. If you find a good idea to make all of these challenges smoother, please write about it and share your discoveries on the web!

Rudy Rigot: http://dev.opera.com/articles/view/responsive-web-design-a-project-management-perspective/