Type and image considerations in responsive design

Today, typefaces are no longer the sole province of print media, but are read on a plethora of screen-based platforms; desktop and laptop computers, phablets, tablets, smartphones; as well as a diversity of specific e-Readers (including Cybook, Icarus, PocketBook, Pyrus, Nook, Kindle and Kobo)*

People view Internet sites on handheld devices and read e-books on computers as well as mobiles. This variety of ‘delivery mechanisms’ adds a dimension of complexity to the job of the designer.

Ilene Strizver, typographic consultant, designer, writer and founder of The Type Studio, addresses this in the Fonts.com blog.

“Legibility and readability of the content are key to engaging and holding the reader’s attention.

So, which category of typeface is the better choice: serif or sans serif?

While sans serif designs have in the past been the “type style of choice” for live text on the Web .. the high resolution of much of today’s digital media, coupled with advanced font technology, has increased the clarity and legibility of fonts used for screen-based media.”

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The preparation of images too, requires consideration for sites built with responsive design.

Whereas a non-responsive site may have small static ‘thumbnail’ images which link to enlargements appearing in a shadowbox, thumbs on a responsive site may actually increase in size as the page format adjusts from multiple columns to a single column.

Many developers will use an ‘intelligent’ CMS (like WordPress) which automatically creates ALL web images from a single original uploaded image (which may be as much as 2000 pixels wide). This ensures that the image is at its highest resolution (and most modest file size), in appropriate dimensions for every appearance. This approach satisfies accessibility, usability, rapid page load times and visual quality and impact.

In recent months, Digital Tsunami has launched scores of responsive solutions and is constantly delivering sites built with responsive design for national and international clients.

If you want to capitalise on the massive growth in mobile Internet traffic for your brand, contact Digital Tsunami today to plan an upgrade to the latest technology.

Selected sites built with responsive design:

Building, Construction and Engineering
GroupOne.com.au
SydneyEnergy.com.au

Corporate Services
Comsec-Offshore.com

Education
Cameragal.nsw.edu.au

Entertainment
JennaDearnessDark.com

Government
LRWG.com.au

Health and Safety
NeckSafe.com

Hospitality
ViewHotels.com.au

Legal
NorthsideLaw.com.au

Manufacturing
OysterShellSystems.com

Resources
OwenHegarty.com

Security
Ballistics.com.au


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*Reviews of e-readers in the Australian market on cNet
Comparison of e-book readers in Wikipedia
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