published 22 January 2013
Noah Stokes, admitting that the general simplicity of current responsive web design leaves him wanting more:
Where are the RWD sites that have some sense of unique design that goes further than a clean/clear grid, beautiful imagery and nice typography?
Continuing in want, Noah confesses something that I wish more of us would admit, as Noah and I surely aren’t the only ones longing for optimal renderings of our intended designs:
The purist in me wants a pixel perfect design in the browser and responsive gives me that at certain break points, but the in betweens are what kill me. It’s like looking at an awkward love child of two designs….
Bottom line: I’m a perfectionist and a design junkie. I want to see beautiful, immersive sites executed with perfection in every browser and responsive web design doesn’t play to either of those tendencies very well, thus leaving me wanting.
We are indebted to Ethan Marcotte, Dan Cederholm, and the many voices that have rallied for responsive, bulletproof web design over the years. But perhaps we’ve gotten a little carried away lately, arguing that there’s little value in tools and processes outside those that are optimized for flexible designs fleshed out with code from the beginning.
Brad Frost’s “The Post-PSD Era" comes to mind. It’s well-written and makes a compelling case for using methods more efficient than Photoshop for articulating interactions and screen resolutions. Brad is another voice that, thankfully, has championed the cause of responsive design.
But just as Noah is left wanting more, I find myself longing for more of us to encourage you and your team to do what works best for you, not what works best for the experts. You know your circumstances, your users, and your personal preferences best. And if that means responsive web design — or design methodology or todo app or office chair or whatever — isn’t the right choice for you, don’t be ashamed if you find yourself wanting more, or at least wanting something else.
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