At the beginning of April I attended An Event Apart’s workshop on “Multi-Device Web Design & Beyond” with Luke Wroblewski. He talked about the history of mobile devices, how you can get a device at any size, leading to the need of designing for any size of screen, not the specific device.
With so many varieties of smartphones, tablets and desktops where do you draw the line for what size screen is for what device? He recommends designing for “Mobile First”, with both the visual design and the code.
In December I launched Peale Law Firm’s website. The site showcases the firm’s profile and philosophy for prospective clients. The firm’s areas of practice and client resources are also featured. The site is running on WordPress and using a custom designed theme. The design displays professionalism and reliability.
The site was built using responsive design methods. Each page is optimized for both the desktop and mobile devices. Prospective clients can access the firm’s website and view each page comfortably on any device. The firm can be contacted with a touch of the phone number on smartphone.
In November I launched the Absolute General Contractor website. The site features a gallery of the remodeling projects done by Absolute General Contractor. The site is running on WordPress and using a custom designed theme based on the company’s brand. It is simple, clean and designed around the imagery of the projects.
The site was built using responsive design techniques. Each page is optimized for both the desktop and mobile devices. When the contractor is on the job, he can show off his projects easily with his smartphone. Prospective clients can view his work on any device and with any connection.
I took the Design for Mobile Devices class at the School of Visual Concepts in November. The agenda was packed with information about the history of mobile devices, the ever-growing mobile device ecosystem, the best practices for designing for mobile, tools and resources for mobile design and responsive design.
Mobile-friendly websites are a must-have now with mobile searching growing at an exponential rate. Understanding mobile usage and design best practices enhance the success of the mobile strategy for a website. Using responsive design techniques, I can design and build websites that are optimized for both desktops and mobile devices.
I took the UX for Mobile Devices class at School of Visual Concepts in May and it was eye-opening. Designing for mobiles devices is definitely the hottest trend now in web design and it is no doubt here to stay. Mobile Internet growth is on pace to eclipse that of the desktop within the next couple of years (if not sooner) according Morgan Stanley Research.
The variety of devices connecting to the Internet is only going to grow and small businesses should take advantage of this trend by making sure their websites are mobile-friendly as part of their online marketing strategy.