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Responsive Web Design Patterns by Chelsea Myers

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Chapter 2. The Main Stage – Building Responsive Layouts

Designing for small screens comes with its limits. But instead of viewing these limitations as a hindrance, view them as constructive guidelines. Two teachers from Drexel University, Troy Finamore and Jervis Thompson, embrace RWD both in class and outside. Finamore chooses to have his students develop responsive websites and mobile applications for their final projects. Giving the students this type of constraint allows them to prioritize the content and functionality. Designing mobile first equips these students with organizational skills that are key for responsive sites.

When starting a new project, Thompson has his clients write down each section of content desired for their site on a ...

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