The landscape is changing for the world of the Internet. Since the World Wide Web first came into being, there has never been such a time as this where access to the Internet is possible from so many devices. Where Internet access used to be confined to the domain of the personal computer, a multitude of devices are now able to pull websites, pages, pictures, video, and other media from the interwoven network that is the web we know today.
Unfortunately, for web designers, having to consider the differences—in resolution, scale, compatibility, etc.—between devices is now a responsibility that cannot be avoided. Websites must still work, whether they’re displayed on a PC, laptop, netbook, smartphone, tablet, TV—and, if futurists are to be believed, on smart countertops, tables, refrigerator doors, windows, and doors of tomorrow.
This is where responsive web design becomes important—both in ensuring that users get the web experience they expect and in maintaining the sanity of web designers. It allows website creators to adapt to the differences among devices without having to create a different website to cater to each one’s individual quirks.
As the landscape of the Internet continues to evolve and redefine itself, responsive web design should be treated less as an option and more as a standard that every web design client should expect.