The original title of this post was going to be
“How to get Damond Nollan to publish more Blog posts: An exercise in Responsive Webdesign”
but even I realize the drop in SEO value there kids
The other day I wrote a post about Responsive Web Design in Action, showcasing the Swedish Broadcaster’s new site. The process of designing a responsive site usually begins with the mobile view first and then addressing larger view such as a tablet or browser window at various widths. Having never designed (or developed) a responsive site before I decided to take on the design part of this challenge.
Since I was listening to my buddy Damond’s daily Podcast (Room 3026 Live over on Blog Talk Radio) I thought I’d take shot at fixing up his blogger website (*note I’m pretty sure this is not possible in Blogger, so Damond will need to migrate to WordPress!). I mentally set out a few goals:
- Mobile first, then the Browser
- Add some Pretty Fonts & a new logo
- Incorporate specific elements (such as the advertising & social media elements)
- Address the overall readability
A few hours later and I had what I think is a solid starting place for a nice Responsive Blog:
There are two primary views required here, the full screen page viewable in a browser (above) and the thin mobile view (below). You should be able to get the content to dynamically shrink enough to where it’s readable on a tablet and then switch to the single column view for mobile devices. All that being said, I think there is the possibility for a third in-between view where the navigation from the mobile view replaces the sidebar on a tablet. This is the great thing about Responsive designs, the limitations on what you can do are endless.
Overall I think this is a great update to Damond’s blog… maybe one of these days he’ll let me migrate it all over to WordPress. A Girl can dream can’t she?