Should I still be designing at 960px for desktop?

over 1 year ago from Max Wendkos, Product Design at Aaptiv

  • Thomas Michael SemmlerThomas Michael Semmler, over 1 year ago

    When designing, you might consider changing your mindset about this. Think of it more as a potential maximum container-width. I tend to never go beyond 1400, but like to work with a maximum container width of 1140px.

    That being said, I highly recommend you do not start with the maximum width when designing responsively. Start with the smallest.

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    • Matt CoadyMatt Coady, over 1 year ago

      (developer perspective)

      I completely agree with this.There's such a variety of screen sizes these days it seems counter-intuitive to target anything.

      I usually build my pages at 1400-1500px, build everything with fluid units and constantly resize as I go. If anything looks out of place I just use media queries tailored to that issue.

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    • Mike StevensonMike Stevenson, over 1 year ago

      I'm 100% on board with mobile first, but I find that it's easier to remove elements than add them in. So I like to design the larger screens and just be cognizant of how it will work responsively, then take away anything unnecessary as the screens get smaller.

      Code: definitely mobile 1st all the way.

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      • Dean HaydenDean Hayden, over 1 year ago

        If you have to take away anything you have to question why it’s there in the first place.

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      • Thomas Michael SemmlerThomas Michael Semmler, over 1 year ago

        I find it easier to design for mobile first, because I don't want to find myself removing stuff as it gets smaller, just because I didn't account for that.

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        • Mike StevensonMike Stevenson, over 1 year ago

          I probably should have said re-arrange instead of remove. If your content is dialed then arranging for mobile is a piece of cake. Especially since we have flexbox and grid nowadays.

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