So, we have enough of this responsive design. For the last 3 years or so, we have been discussing about it and have seen how this design trend has transcended itself and expand its territory drastically. Responsive design is no longer restricted to few who have gone against the traditions of that time and advocated strongly for championing the cause of users experience over the creative aspect of the design.
We have seen it all. But despite all these happening, we can safely say that designing responsive template is still not that straightforward and simple as it may seems. There are certain areas that need our attention to be able to design an immaculate responsive template that can stand the test of the time. Here they go –
Do not Forget the Fonts
Believe it or not, fonts can play pivotal role in the making of a responsive template. Irrelevant font can completely ruin all the prospect of achieving greatness. Choose only those fonts that go with the theme of the template and that look great on all devices irrespective of the size of the screen.
Be Ready for Change
Flexibility is certainly not the Future because it is the Present. Everybody is trying to make people aware of the importance of having a responsive design. These are good thing. But just following the trends of the present is not enough, you have to do more to make your website future proof. Do not forget to do experiment with the navigation. There is always scope for making big changes and ushering a new era of development.
The Above The Fold Section
As you know there is no static Above the Fold section in a responsive template. As the template squeezes and reshapes itself depending on the screen size of the devices, it is almost impossible for a designer to tell which part of the website will be on the Above the Fold section. So, you have to ensure that fact that the Call to Action buttons, catch line and other crucial designing elements are getting featured on the above the fold section no matter what.
Do not Forget To Test
Well, I am fully aware of the fact that you are immensely talented as a designer and there is no question of making any doubt about your ability to design and develop responsive design. But still everybody makes mistakes and that being said, it is always good to test the template in different browsers and screens before making it go live. There are zillions of responsive testing tools available and therefore, it would not take more than few seconds to test your website’s responsiveness.
Do not Test the Patience of the Visitors
The objective of responsive web design is not necessarily restricted to making the website render seamlessly on different devices. Nope, responsive web design has a much bigger role to play. You have to make sure that the patience of the visitors is not being tested. Try to reduce the loading time of the website as far as possible because this can have a negative bearing on the whole thing. And sometimes, it can make people completely frustrated with the slow loading time and leave the website in the middle.
Have A Strategy
Brainstorming sessions are those times when big ideas are born and that means, you have to get accustomed to these creative sessions. But there should be a limit of such creativity. You have to make sure that you are putting a restrain on your creative side when it tries to overshadow responsive aspect of the design. Like for say, you should not be adding too many graphical elements in the design or adding too many call to action buttons.