UIEtips: Responsive Design for Apps

Jared Spool

February 25th, 2014

In this week’s UIEtips article, Jason Grigsby tackles the concept of responsive design for mobile apps. He looks at widgets for desktop and mobile and explores the idea if phones are really different platforms than tablets.

When it comes to incorporating and understanding mobile first responsive design, Jason Grigsby is one of the UX superstars to turn to. That’s why we’ve asked him to do a full-day workshop at this year’s UX Immersion Mobile Conference, April 7-9 in Denver, CO.

Here’s an excerpt from the article:

 A few months ago I was tasked with finding a good solution for a client who wanted to move to responsive design, but had a web app that they needed to support as well. The question they asked is one that I’ve seen others argue about in the past: does responsive design make sense for apps?

Read the article Responsive Design for Apps.

How does your company decide which form factors to design for when developing a responsive app? Tell us about it below.

2 Responses to “UIEtips: Responsive Design for Apps”

  1. Ed Schlotzhauer Says:

    Interesting article, but I disagree. At this point in our development desktop apps are fundamentally different from mobile apps. There are exciting and “high function” mobile apps being created, but they are different. This will probably not be a permanent divide, but it will not go away quickly. Windows 8 is not a good model to hold up. Their strategy is to dumb down desktop apps to be the same as mobile apps. Didn’t work.

    Show me a (useful) full version of Photoshop or Visual Studio running on an iPad and I’ll start to believe. There is a fundamentally different design strategy for creating complex apps running on multiple large monitors and optimized for mouse/keyboard. There are different concerns for doing content creation efficiently all day long vs. making a quick sketch on a napkin.

    Even the name of Jason’s company shows that the reality is that mobile app development is a specialization.

  2. Ed Schlotzhauer Says:

    A follow up to my previous post. Coincidentally, I saw this article from Jason Hiner a couple of days after my original response:
    http://www.techrepublic.com/article/rethinking-the-ipad-a-formula-to-make-it-useful-if-youre-already-savvy-on-a-laptop-and-smartphone/

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