Mobile First Design
The idea of responsive design isn’t just limited to full websites scaling down smaller. There is a very good reason that we suggest to start with mobile and build your way up.
If you still have it in your head that mobile web design and application development is a niche industry, you need to change your way of thinking. Mobile isn’t a trend, nor is it even the future, it’s the present. Don’t believe me? Here are some crazy statistics to consider from Mobithinking from last month.
- There are over 1.2 billion mobile web users worldwide
- In the U.S., 25% of mobile Web users are mobile-only (they rarely use a desktop to access the web)
- Mobile apps have been downloaded 10.9 billion times
- Mobile device sales are increasing across the board with over 85 percent of new handsets able to access the mobile Web
One of the most potent facts here is the second item, which brings to light that many users will likely only ever see the mobile version of your site. That’s an astounding revelation isn’t it?
More than ever before the web is something that we carry in our pockets, not something that merely hangs out near our desk or even in our homes. This is a global trend that will only continue to see growth in the coming years. Are you ready for this?
It is often much easier to plan your most important interface elements first and squeeze each of them into a mobile layout. If they don’t all fit you will have to drop a few. Simultaneously you could plan for how the layout will respond as the window grows larger. You will have room to include a sidebar, possibly 2 sidebars, along with numerous other page elements.
Mobile isn’t a trend
Most desktop browsers will be happy with any style of layout, as long as everything works. This is much more difficult to nail down on mobile platforms so it’s useful to start out small while planning for a larger design.
Our professional skill set includes web development for all important platforms as well as the desktop arena.
Make sure you seriously consider getting the mobile version of your website sorted early rather than “wait til later”.
Even if you already have a website, contact us today to sort out the mobile version for you!
Steph IS the Branding Chick ~ Brand Designer + Consultant! When she isn’t at the beach, surfing, eating tacos or drinking wine… she spends her time consulting businesses and entrepreneurs on how to create a solid and stand out brand that creates an impact. Through consulting and her online programs as well as actually designing the brand visuals and logo, Steph is able to help her clients position themselves as the leader, influencer and authority in their industry.
She was recently featured on the cover of the nationally recognised GCGIB magazine and has recently won a major award in the 2019 Gold Coast Girls in Business awards. She was one of seven winners out of 16,000 women in business.
Steph also is a contributor to various online and print publications, writing articles, guest speaking and interviewing on podcasts.