Design, even if many people oversee it, is an integral part of our everyday life and it becomes even more important as technology gets more refined and diverse. The latter created an abundance of smart-phones, gadgets, monitors etc that all of them operate at different screen resolutions, different settings and thus need a very diversified approach. This is when responsive design becomes a really important invention, one that significantly changes user interaction.
Responsive design is an essential part of contemporary web design, as it enables the user to have the same visual experience on a website regardless the size of monitor used, thus not restraining the interaction of the user with the website. Should responsive design not exist, then browsing the internet via a smart-phone or tablet would be nigh impossible and at least annoying to the user. One can easily imagine that this is an immensely important innovation, a novelty that greatly shapes web browsing.
Elements of responsive design can be traced back to the early 2000’s, but the designer that combined all previous elements into what is contemporary Responsive Web Design (RWD) is Ethan Marcotte. He described Responsive Web Design in a paper published on “A List Apart” and thus offered a solution in the rapidly changing landscape of web browsing.
Responsive design is a prime example of how design has a major impact on daily life and is really essential if we want technology to adapt perfectly for human interaction, which is arguably a hugely important part of any apparatus. Next time that you browse almost any website via your smartphone, remember that this is made possible via important design choices and it is not something self-explanatory at all.