Elements of a responsive web — or responsive web design’s role in the larger quest

Web GadgetsHi everyone,

I’ve been doing a fair bit of research on the latest thinking in responsive web design. Heady and exciting stuff.

One thing that quickly becomes clear is that responsive web design (see Ethan Marcotte’s book and add Luke Wroblewski’s Mobile First and Andy Clarke’s 320 and Up) is one key element in a larger matrix of elements that together make for a responsive web.

Other key elements include at least these:

  • Responsive Content — content carefully crafted and optimally adapted for your device (see Sara Wachter-Boettcher and Jeffrey Zeldman)
  • Responsive Asset-Delivery — just the files you need for your device, and make it quick! (see Paul Irish on this)
  • Responsive Interactions — the way things are going, we may need to capture clicks, swipes, pinches, waves, fist-bumps, back flips, and on and on (seen Leap Motion?)
  • Responsive Workflow — none of the above happens very well without informed participants working collaboratively to achieve great results (see Viljami Salminen’s “Responsive Workflow”)

I’ve probably left a few things out. But these categories help me get a handle on what’s going on and what everyone’s trying to make happen. It’s taking a lot of work, and it’s exciting to watch. (Don’t miss Aaron Gustafson’s Adaptive Web Design and Brad Frost’s recent how-to, demo, and reflection.)

I’m intrigued enough that I’ve started a little project to try to track these discussions:

  • RockinResponsive.com — currently only a homepage, but I intend to shape it into a great curated collection of “the best hits on the road to a responsive web”
  • @RockinResponsiv — I’m actively favoriting, tweeting, and retweeting here

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