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Ditching responsive design »

Everybody is proclaiming there’s no room for non-responsive websites anymore. Even now, when the mobile web is a huge part of how everyone connects to the Internet, it’s good to think about if the tools we’re using are the right ones for the context. That is why understanding and involving metrics and demographics in the design process are so great. 

For example, we believe it is really important to have a fully responsive design for our checkout pages. Even small changes in checkout page conversion can make a big difference to our customers. Whilst only ~3% of visitors to our checkout pages are on a mobile, having an appropriate design can significantly impact their conversion. So it’s worth investing in, even for a small proportion of our visitor base.

Although if you are expecting some kind of interaction (like the aforementioned responsive checkout) not only mobile-friendly designs but the overall simplicity of the process is a must. 

What's new for web developers in iPhone 5 and iOS 6 »

Max Firtman discuses the new goodies for website developers that come with the new iPhone and the much anticipated iOS 6 release. 

On iPhone 5:

  • New screen size
  • New simulator
  • What you need to do
  • Problems

New features on iOS 6:

  • File uploads and camera access with Media Capture and File API
  • Web Audio API
  • Smart App Banners for native app integration
  • CSS 3 Filters
  • CSS 3 Cross Fade
  • CSS Partial Image support
  • Full screen support
  • Animation Timing API
  • Multi-resolution image support
  • Passbook coupons and passes delivery
  • Storage APIs and web app changes
  • Web View changes for native web apps
  • Debugging with Remote Web Inspector
  • Faster JavaScript engine and other news

Jeremy Keith - There Is No Mobile Web - BD Conf, Sept 2011

Responsive Measures »

Responsive Measure is a simple script that allows you to pass in a selector (ideally the container where your primary content will go) which generates the ideal font size needed to produce the ideal measure for your text.

Made to Measure »

As speakers like Brad Frost and Karen McGrane have maintained for some time, the future CMS wants to treat content like water, to be poured into different containers.