What is Responsive Web Design? An Interview With FSW Resident Genius
Posted on August 21, 2013 by Sara Henderson
Greetings surfers of the internet! I’m so happy that your typing fingers have brought you to my e-doorstep. Today I would like to talk to you about our brand new website. Have you visited foodservicewarehouse.com lately? Because if so, you may have noticed we’ve got a fancy new responsive design.
What is responsive web design, you ask?
Well, I kind of know the answer to that. But there is a whole sea of software sages that sit just inches away from me who know way better than I do. So I decided to ask one of our very own web developers who made the new design happen to explain it to me real slow-like.
Ladies and gentlemen, meet Don: local genius, occasional wearer of awe-inspiring yellow pants and all around better than average human. Don, this is everybody. Don’t be intimidated. I’m sure they are out there but you won’t hear a peep. Everybody, go ahead and picture Don smiling politely.
Actually, why not just picture a young Steve Jobs? It’s accurate enough for me:
To get started, I asked Don our main, burning question that has plagued us mercilessly for the last few paragraphs:
Just what IS responsive web design?
Responsive web design is creating a site that looks good on every device, no matter its shape, size, or color. This involves stuff like removing clutter and adding nifty new navigation aids like slide-in menus for people with smaller screens.
Why is it the awesomest thing in the land of web design these days?
It’s so totally radical because the pages you visit ‘feel’ like they were designed just for your own gadget. On your desktop you’ll have super gigantic zoomable photos so you can see the hairy details of every product, and on your phone you’ll have a no-nonsense and slick website that is very easy to get around quickly.
Why might our friendly web visitors care?
Previously our site was only really targeted towards desktop browsers, and if you decided you wanted to check out some deep fryers while on the go it involved a lot of panning and zooming around. Once we saw that more and more of our amazing visitors were visiting from portable devices, we did ‘em a solid and saved them all of that swiping and pinching.
That was so nice of you!
Thanks! We try to be considerate.
So how hard was it to actually implement the new design? Talk to us in terms we can all understand. Metaphors involving kittens and other cute mammals encouraged.
I think Sagan said, “If you wish to make a responsive website from scratch, you must first invent the universe.” Seriously though, it was a LOT of work, and getting it done in a reasonable amount of time only happened because we are lucky to have some extremely smart and talented people here.
Do you have to be a super genius to do what you do? Don’t lie.
Web development is almost entirely just solving problems, some huge and some trivial. Anyone who can figure it out quickly without having to spend ages learning about new stuff has the ‘right stuff’ for the job. That being said, it certainly doesn’t hurt.
Who is your favorite Disney princess?
I think some of the other developers might be better suited for this one…*
Do you have any questions for me?
What is your favorite dinosaur?
I’m not sure but my favorite Disney princess is definitely Belle. For obvious reasons.
Thank you. So do you have some parting thoughts? Words of wisdom? Advice to the kids who dream about becoming web developers out there?
Oh of course, anything for the children. My advice is this: find something you love and do it all the time. That worked for me, anyway. Also, a group of sharks is called a ‘shiver’.
And there you have it! Solid answers as to what responsive web design is and why it rules, riveting discussion of the cultural and sociological implications of Disney princesses, silly Carl Sagan quotes and sage advice for the kids. If this blog post doesn’t satisfy you then I just plain quit.
*Clearly, he means Ariel.