Before the smartphones arrived on the global market, websites weren’t responsive. Sure, they did adapt to PC screen size and laptop screen size, but websites a decade ago wasn’t that compatible to iPhones and iPads.
Responsive design is an approach to web page creation that makes use of flexible layouts, flexible images and cascading style sheet media queries. The goal of responsive design is to build web pages that detect the visitor’s screen size and orientation and change the layout accordingly.
In this way the overall design still remains, but the site is more user friendly while changing user interface depending on what computer or device that you are using while interacting with the site.
But it was arguably the iPhone that was the first real smartphone with a worldwide impact, and because of this web designers had to offer responsive websites.
“Responsive web design is a requirement in todays market, all of my web design customers demand a responsive website, no matter what industry they are operating in” says CEO David Jensen of the Norwegian web design companies Trondheim Webdesign and Stavanger Webdesign.
Responsive web design is an approach whereby a designer creates a web page that “responds to” or resizes itself depending on the type of device it is being seen through. That could be an oversized desktop computer monitor, a laptop or devices with small screens such as smartphones and tablets.
Responsive web design also adapts if you changes your device orientation from portrait mode to landscape mode.