In case you’ve been living under a rock a bunch of new mobile devices were recently released: Two new sizes of iPhones, the Amazon FirePhone and Fire HD Tablets, new Android devices are popping up all the time (I’m just gonna link you here) and whatever else you want to throw into the cesspool. There are now thousands of different screen sizes that need to be accounted for when designing for the web.
This isn’t new. This change is happening all the time and, in the world of UX, people always start to freak. The thing is… it should always be expected, and designs should already be supporting all screen sizes. New devices shouldn’t matter.
Granted, there are those in the cesspool that can mess things up a bit, but designs should be responsive to all devices and screen dimensions, without having to detect the specific device/browser with adaptive web development. It’s now completely impractical to have a different web app for different devices. It only makes sense to have one site, where the content is in one place, and you or your designers and developers are working in one codebase.
We will never weed out the desktop, but that paradigm is slowing because of the advancement of mobile accessibility. There for awhile, it seemed like people were starting to discredit responsive design, but the real scare was that we needed to consider mobile first, as you should. It’s just that you should always be thinking about mobile throughout your whole design.
One thing I’ve realized recently is that responsive design concepts aren’t really even being taught in schools. This is an important concept crucial to the future of the web and it’s going to be around for a very long time.
Update April 2017: For a short, interesting read on mobile friendly site design, check out this article.
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