Responsive Mobile Design: Designing For Every Device

Paperback | September 18, 2014

byPhil Dutson

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Create Web Designs That Work Perfectly on Any Device—Simply and Beautifully!

Billions of people access the web via smartphones, tablets, and devices of all types, using every imaginable interface and display. But they all want the same thing: the right information, right now, delivered in the most aesthetically pleasing way possible. Give them what they want with Responsive Mobile Design .

Whether you’re a developer, designer, or manager, Phil Dutson teaches you principles, techniques, and best practices for delivering a successful experience to all users on all devices.

Dutson shows how to design sites that are responsive “from the start,” while keeping development simple and flexible. Next, he delivers complete technical know-how for transforming responsive designs into responsive sites. You’ll find coverage of key issues such as integrating media content, optimizing performance, and serving Retina or high-density displays.

Throughout, he combines detailed and practical explanations with functional, easy-to-reuse code snippets.

Coverage includes
•    Demonstrating why “mobile first” is still a best practice
•    Fusing content, structure, and beauty to deliver experiences users love
•    Using responsive images to improve speed and convey visual messages more effectively
•    Using grid systems without making it feel like your design is “locked in a box”
•    Mastering measurement values such as px, em, rem, and viewport units—and understanding their crucial differences
•    Improving the finer details of your design with web fonts
•    Retrofitting current websites to prepare them for the future
•    Introducing web components into your HTML markup
•    Using built-in browser development tools to streamline debugging and “in-browser” prototyping

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Create Web Designs That Work Perfectly on Any Device—Simply and Beautifully! Billions of people access the web via smartphones, tablets, and devices of all types, using every imaginable interface and display. But they all want the same thing: the right information, right now, delivered in the most aesthetically pleasing way possible. ...

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Phil Dutson is a Solution Architect over client-side and mobile implementation for ICON Health & Fitness. He is the author of Sams Teach Yourself jQuery Mobile in 24 Hours; jQuery, jQuery UI, and jQuery Mobile Recipes and Examples; and The Android Developer’s Cookbook, 2nd Edition. He enjoys learning and writing about technology, and ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8.9 × 6.9 × 0.7 inPublished:September 18, 2014Publisher:Pearson EducationLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0133888215

ISBN - 13:9780133888218

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Table of Contents

Preface     xv
PART I:  CREATING A RESPONSIVE LAYOUT     1
Chapter 1  Content Matters     3
What Makes Up Content     4
Choosing the Right Content     8
Discussing Content Sliders     13
Summary     14
Chapter 2  Why Mobile First     15
Viewing the Web     16
Considerations When Starting Small     19
Summary     26
Chapter 3  Working with Grids     27
Choosing a Grid     28
Using a Responsive Grid     31
Using an Adaptive Grid     34
Best of Both Worlds     37
Summary     37
Chapter 4  Displaying Tabular Data     39
Defining Tabular Data     40
Working with Tabular Data     41
Summary     54
Chapter 5  Working with Measurement Values     55
Using Pixels     56
Using Percentages     57
Using Em and Rem Units     61
Viewport Measurements     63
Summary     67
Chapter 6  Using Media Queries     69
The Viewport Meta Tag     70
Implementing Breakpoints     72
Device-Specific Media Queries     78
Summary     82
Chapter 7  Typography     83
Web Fonts     84
Font Formats     84
Browser and Device Support     86
Using Font Services     91
Icon Fonts     93
Summary     94
Chapter 8  Retrofitting an Existing Site     95
Choosing a Proper Layout for Mobile     96
Working with Components     101
Considerations When Going Mobile     106
Summary     109

PART II:  WORKING WITH RESPONSIVE MEDIA     111
Chapter 9  Responsive Images     113

Images Should Be Responsive     114
Using a JavaScript Solution     124
Summary     127
Chapter 10  Responsive Video     129
Using Video     130
Delivery Systems     130
Making Videos Fit Mobile Devices     134
Summary     140
Chapter 11  Image Compression     141
Image Types     142
Compression Utilities      148
Compression Results     152
Summary     153

PART III:  ENHANCING PERFORMANCE     155
Chapter 12  Conditional JavaScript     157

Why Conditional JavaScript     158
Using Conditional JavaScript     162
Using JavaScript Plugins     167
Summary     169
Chapter 13  Web Components     171
Working with Web Components     172
Examples of Web Components     172
Working with the DOM     176
Web Component Polyfills     180
Summary     183
Chapter 14  Device Detection and Server Requests     185
Device Detection     186
HTTP Headers     191
Using Client Hints     194
Summary     196
Chapter 15  Server Optimization     197
Server Setup     198
Web Servers     198
Server Plugins     201
Summary     209
Chapter 16  High Performance with Development Tools     211
Development Tools     212
Browser Developer Tools     212
Build Tools     225
Summary     228
Index     229

Editorial Reviews

“Whether you’re building or refining your skill set, Responsive Mobile Design is the quintessential guide to getting up to speed with modern web practices. Phil’s unique background and expertise grant him insights that both the hardcore programmer and pixel perfect designer will find invaluable.”–Jacob R. Stuart, Web/UI Designer “It’s impossible to build for the web today without taking various screen sizes and form factors into account; you never know if your user will be on a phone, tablet, or desktop. This book helps lay the groundwork for building responsive web designs. It’s really a must-read.”–Cameron Banga, Co-founder, 9magnets, LLC “Anyone looking for a comprehensive book on responsive design tactics would do well to pick up a copy of Responsive Mobile Design . Phil does a stellar job of breaking down the how and why of RWD in this practical guide to designing for a wide spectrum of screen sizes and devices.”–Dennis Kardys, Design Director, WSOL “While the three initial technical ingredients of RWD (fluid grids, flexible images, and media queries) still stand true, building a site today requires much more thought and know-how than it used to. This book will take you beyond the basics and teach you the ins and outs of modern web development.”–Erik Runyon, Director of Web Communications, University of Notre Dame “Phil Dutson unveils a dummy-proof treasure trove of essential mobile design advice, resources, and examples bound to enlighten designers and developers alike. This book belongs on every web designer’s shelf–a comprehensive guide to return to time and time again.”–Kaylee White, Web Designer, SEO.com