Remember that first smart phone purchase? The excitement of buying a case for it, adding a screen protector, browsing and downloading apps, tracking your every movement in your map application…. Oh the excitement and fun!
Until you popped open the browser and tried to look at a web page. “What the… I can’t read this!” Sure, pinch and zoom were fun for about 30 seconds. But then having to drag the screen around to read every sentence, wait for massive image downloads on that old, slow network, or the discouraging “plugin not available” warning when trying to look at a site made wholly of flash content with no graceful fallback.
Since then, I’ve built multiple sites using Responsive technologies, including Muse Award winner Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in Los Angeles. There are still lots of challenges, especially with the growing number of devices with high resolutions, confusing our @media queries.
But that’s my job. For a while I begrudged the idea of having to learn and relearn my job every 6 months as new technologies appeared, until I saw a comparison of unemployment rates between web developers and the rest of the general population, and a research study demonstrating that constantly learning new things reduces the risk of Alzheimer’s. Well, if that’s the case, bring it on. I’ll keep learning and developing with the latest tidbits in responsive design. My clients benefit from not having to worry about it. Win win.