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  • RWD Weekly #297

    February 23rd, 2018

    There’s no feature site this week because I’ve finally got around to fixing something I’ve been meaning to on the Am I responsive site. There have been a number of tweets/emails over the past couple years t say that the Am I Responsive tool wasn’t working. 100% of these occasions have been due to one […]

  • Should I use system fonts or web fonts?

    November 21st, 2017

    Web fonts were an amazing step forward towards creating a more beautifully designed web. No longer were we restrained by the handful of choices that “Web Safe” fonts provided us, we now had the ability to bring just about any typeface to the web in the knowledge that everyone would see the same thing

  • RWD Weekly #282

    November 3rd, 2017

    Hello and welcome to RWD Weekly edition #282. This week there were a couple of articles that called attention to AMP and the way in which it is possibly gaining traction under false pretences. These articles are our features this week and did cause a bit of a stir when The Register picked up one […]

  • RWD Weekly #269

    July 31st, 2017

    Grid fallbacks, Design Versioning, Web Performance, Responsive Typography and more

  • RWD Weekly #268

    July 21st, 2017

    This week I’m starting to put together a talk that I’m going to deliver in October. The talk is about responsive design in the future and one of the areas I’m going to be covering is what you can do with CSS Grids. To prepare I’m putting together a few examples of how easy it […]

  • RWD Weekly #267

    July 14th, 2017

    Welcome to another week of Responsive Design Weekly Newsletter, this week it is edition number two hundred and sixty seven. Boom! This week I was sorry to see this week that Zendy has shut down the Be Responsive meetup in Australia but congratulate him and all the members on a brilliant community. I remember sharing links for the meetups […]

  • RWD Weekly #266

    July 7th, 2017

    Happy Friday! Happy 4th July to all of the USA readers on the list this week, and a very happy birthday this week to Mr Ethan Marcotte who you might remember from such classics as “Fluid Grids“, “Fluid Images“, and the lesser-known “Responsive Web Design“. Headline You do not need a CSS Grid based Grid […]

  • RWD Weekly #265

    June 30th, 2017

    Welcome to RWD Weekly edition #265, can you believe we’ve reached the 1/2 way point of 2017 already? Where on Earth does the time go? This week our feature site is I shared this on my social channels as well along with “From a web design point of view, this is an amazing website. From […]

  • RWD Weekly #264

    June 24th, 2017

    Welcome to RWD Weekly edition #264. Headline Please Make Google AMP Optional I’ve featured articles from Alex previously around the AMP argument, and this time around he’s making even more sense. It would be great to have the option to switch AMP off… after all Google are trying to improve the User Experience with this […]

  • RWD Weekly #263

    June 16th, 2017

    Welcome to RWD Weekly edition #263. Battling the flu this week so let’s just get into it. Headline What delayed my portfolio redesign for 3 years and how I finally launched it If you’re thinking about redesigning your own portfolio (or building one) then here are some key areas you should be considering. Try not […]

  • RWD Weekly #262

    June 9th, 2017

    Welcome to RWD Weekly edition #262. This week I took a closer look at CSS EU Conference website and added the site to the examples section along with the review on how some of it was put together. Now then, let’s get started. Snippet Show There’s a cool implemenation method that has been thought of when declaring CSS […]

  • RWD Weekly #261

    June 7th, 2017

    Welcome to RWD Weekly edition #261. It wasn’t until I had sent the email last week that I realised that this time of year, aside from being the anniversary of the RWD article from Ethan, but it falls a few days before my own anniversary with my wife Laura. I mention this specifically because Laura […]

  • RWD Weekly #260

    May 26th, 2017

    Welcome to RWD Weekly edition #260 and the anniversary (as I’m writing this) of a little article by this guy called Ethan Marcotte about a thing you might have heard of called Responsive Web Design.

  • RWD Weekly #259

    May 19th, 2017

    Welcome to RWD Weekly edition #259 and the first one that comes with an accompanying podcast for a long while. Speaking of podcasts, our good friend and web performance evangelist Henry Helvetica made an appearance on the other, and arguably far superior, RWD Podcast with Ethan Marcotte and Karen McGrane. Alright then, let’s check out what […]

  • RWD Weekly #258

    May 12th, 2017

    Welcome to RWD Weekly edition #258 and the first one back from an extended trip back to Australia to catch up with friends and family. This week I’m back with the regular schedule of links from the week and I think there’s some great stuff this week. Snippet Show Last week we looked at a […]

  • RWD Weekly #257 – Media Queries Level 4

    May 11th, 2017

    Welcome to RWD Weekly edition #257 and the final in the holiday series. This week we’re taking a look at the Media Query Level 4 Working Draft and how things are changing when it comes to media queries. The document is pretty detailed and rather than cover everything I’m going to focus on a few […]

  • Prefetch & preconnect-dns priority

    March 9th, 2017

    Preconnect and prefetch-dns are both ways which you can ask your browser to do a DNS lookup and connection before you need any resources from that domain, but it helps shave time off the critical rendering path.

  • Configuring HTTP2 Push with WordPress

    February 24th, 2017

    Let’s say that you had a site that runs on PHP, which of course your WordPress instance does, and you wanted to use HTTP2 Server Push to push down two CSS files and your logo. You can use the following code which will do just that for you… <?php header(“Link: </css/vendor.css>; rel=preload; as=style”, false); header(“Link: […]

  • Finesse with Flex

    February 21st, 2017

    Flexbox allows you to make the most subtle of changes to your code that result in the perfect layout you desire, and often with only a line or two of CSS.

  • Find element with class and append div without jQuery

    February 6th, 2017

    This is precisely the issue that I was facing with the secondary sidebar navigation on this site as part of the redesign. The team at No Divide provided me with clean semantic markup for the navigation, and the enhanced version used Vue.js for the interactivity — no jQuery to be found anywhere. Here is the […]

  • Watching your (image) weight

    January 20th, 2017

    There are a few basic rules that you can follow to ensure that the images you add to your site are suitable for consumption across all devices and connection speeds.

  • Why I love Mailchimp

    January 18th, 2017

    A friend of mine was preparing for an interview and shared one of the questions they asked her to prepare before coming in, Name a brand you admire or are loyal to and explain why? I didn’t even have to ponder it for a second….


  • RWD Weekly #240

    January 9th, 2017

    Welcome to responsive design weekly edition #240 and the first of 2017. I hope you all had a wonderful break over the holiday period and the first couple of days back at work haven’t been too strenuous on you. Fortunately this email signals the end of the week, thankfully, so you should probably just spend most […]

  • RWD Weekly #239

    December 24th, 2016

    Welcome RWD Weekly #239… …. and Happy Holidays. This is the last email for 2016, but rest assured we’ll be back again in your inbox as we kick off 2017. A huge, but short, thank you to needs to be said at the top of this week. Firstly thank you to everyone who wrote an […]

  • RWD Tee’s Charity Donation

    November 25th, 2016

    This time around any proceeds that I make from the shirts sales will be donated to mental health charities.

  • Creating the Periodic Table with Grid CSS

    October 18th, 2016

    The CSS Grid specification provides us with the ability to take web design to the next level without having to succumb to adding in otherwise un-needed HTML or the use of CSS hacks (looking at your floats).

  • Testing for latency

    September 30th, 2016

    Latency is an often forgotten concern when it comes to website performance. There are ways to testing your current site for a variety of performance settings, including customising latency.

  • Redesign Project Update #1

    September 1st, 2016 will be going through a redesign over the next couple of months, and we want to do that in the open and share the good and the bad approaches to a redesign of an existing responsive site.

  • ISP’s are updating your site without your permission

    June 15th, 2016

    ISP’s and proxies can sometimes update your site HTML without your permission. See how they do it, why, and how you can put a stop to it.

  • RWD Weekly #208

    May 13th, 2016

    Welcome to another week of responsive goodness! I’m battling a bout of illness this week so lets get straight into the links while I get straight back into bed. Baby update: still no baby yet. Headline BEMantic: DRY Like You Mean It Last week we featured an article about ensuing your CSS is used along with […]

  • Responsive interview with Brad Frost

    December 26th, 2015

    Hello and welcome to edition 188 of the Responsive Design Weekly newsletter, and the third week of the responsive interview series Part 2.  Oh, and MERRY CHRISTMAS. By now many of you will have unwrapped your presents and charged up whatever electrical devices you might have received, or are looking for a quiet moment to […]

  • Responsive Interview with Laura Kalbag and Paul Robert Lloyd

    December 18th, 2015

    Back in 2012 I asked the same 4 questions to a small number of people, this week I ask Laura Kalbag and Paul Robert Lloyd the same questions 3 years on.

  • Responsive Interview with Dave Rupert and Chris Coyier

    December 11th, 2015

    Back in 2012 I asked the same 4 questions to a small number of people that contribute consistently to the community through the way of writing and speaking and building out demo’s for us to all follow. This year I’ve asked them to answer those same questions 3 years down the line… lets see what they have to say.

  • Screencast: Foundation 6

    November 4th, 2015

    Screencast with the creators of the Zurb Foundation Framework previewing all the latest developments in version 6.

  • What is the deal with Accelerated Mobile Pages – AMP

    October 7th, 2015

    Today there was a new web performance release called AMP, or Accelerated Mobile Pages. The idea behind AMP is to render and display web pages faster than we currently are able.

  • Adding webp images progressively

    October 6th, 2015

    WebP is one of the latest image formats to arrive on the web and it has a lot of things going for it. It provides better compression and introduces transparency without the additional bloat that you get from PNG24.

  • Advanced Responsive Design Techniques

    July 11th, 2015

    Now that we’ve mastered flexible grids and media queries it’s time to take our responsive design to the next level.

  • Adding Responsive Images to Advanced Custom Fields in WordPress

    May 28th, 2015

    Getting responsive images working with images added through the Advanced Custom Fields (ACF) plugin.

  • Screencast: Adding Responsive Images to WordPress

    February 6th, 2015

    In this screencast I take you through how to download and enable the plugin, how to create additional image sizes and some of the things you need to be aware of when going through the process.

  • Responsive overhaul for Elite Womens Management sites

    December 5th, 2014

    A look at the project of building a responsive fashion website.

  • Screencast: SpeedCurve

    November 27th, 2014

    Speedcurve is an amazing tool that you can use to track the front end performance of your website over time and against your competitors.

  • Why you don’t need device specific breakpoints

    October 28th, 2014

    With the ever growing number of different mobile, tablet, laptops, monitors, televisions, watches — and whatever else will communicate information to you visually — it’s finally time to put to rest those device specific breakpoints.

  • Screencast : Zurb Foundation for Apps

    September 30th, 2014

    The team from Zurb talk through and preview the upcoming changes to the Foundation framework.

  • Reducing image sizes

    September 10th, 2014

    Images are the biggest culprit for bloated web pages. We often concern ourselves over compressing and minifying CSS and JS to squeeze out a few more bytes and follow that up with adding an oversized/unoptimised image on the page that weighs in at 0.5Mb.

  • RWD Interview with Murad Bushnaq

    September 4th, 2014

    This week we interview the creator of Morweb, a responsive design CMS from Murad Bashnaq.

  • Screencast: Responsive Images Workshop with Yoav Weiss

    August 16th, 2014

    As part of the Indie Go Go fund raising effort for the responsive images big push we sponsored the cause with some of our RWDWeekly advertising budget. These screencasts are the result of our sponsor level so please enjoy.

  • Screencast: Getting Started with Google Analytics Dashboards

    July 30th, 2014

    A screen cast showing how you can easily use Google Analytics Dashboards to gain a better insight into your web site traffic and it’s performance across desktop and mobile.

  • Using ‘only’ in media query declarations

    July 3rd, 2014

    To ensure html4 browsers didn’t download unwanted styles the ‘only’ hack was developed to allow older browsers to ignore these new rules.

  • Responsive Images in Chrome and Firefox

    June 17th, 2014

    Picture element is now being shipped in chrome and firefox with more browsers following suit.

  • Responsive Interview with Stephen Hay

    May 22nd, 2014

    Stephen Hay looking very responsive. For those readers that might not know who you are can you give us a bit of an overview as to who you are and what you do? I find job titles insufficient, especially in our industry. So it might come close to say I’m a user experience designer and […]

  • BT Conference – Ethan Marcotte Laziness in the time of Responsive Design

    May 19th, 2014

    Pando forest, Pando tree. One tree that spans 43 hectares. It’s the lodes and heaviest organism on Earth. Stopped thinking about a single page, started thinking of it sa a web presence. Trade the control you have in photoshop for a greater control, the control over a network of pieces that you can layout on […]

  • Responsive Interview with Vitaly Friedman

    April 15th, 2014

    Editor in Chief of Smashing Magazine, Vitaly Friedman, joins us for our responsive interview series.

  • Interview with Eitan Konigsburg — New York Times

    March 20th, 2014

    Eitan Konisburg is a Frontend Software Architect for the New York Times and was recently involved in the responsive redevelopment project.

  • Responsive Design T-Shirt

    February 7th, 2014

    Brand yourself as a responsive design advocate with this Cotton Bureau Responsive Design Tshirt. If the design looks familiar it’s because it’s ours!

  • box-sizing: border-box Sass Mixin

    January 31st, 2014

    box-sizing: border-box is a great way to handle the pesky box model issue that comes with setting padding to your layouts. It works from IE8+, but sometimes you need to support older browsers.

  • RWD Weekly #92

    January 19th, 2014

    This week our feature site is our much loved hosting provider for the responsive design weekly website, MediaTemple. This week I created a quick overview of the responsive nature of their site and in the next few weeks I’ll be speaking with some of the front end crew about their approach and some of their decisions behind the build, can’t wait to share that!

  • 2013 and what to look for in 2014

    January 1st, 2014

    With new years day now a distant memory for some I thought it was time to look back at what happened in 2013 and what we should expect to see in 2014.

  • WebP and JPEG XR Image Formats explained

    December 12th, 2013

    In the challenging landscape that is responsive images there are two new image formats that are making their moves to provide part of the solution, WebP and JPEG XR.

  • Building the BlackBerry Blog

    December 6th, 2013

    Thrillworks has recently been working with BlackBerry in creating a new responsive site for their WordPress BlackBerry Blog. We’ve been lucky enough to get in touch with Arley McBlain, the lead front end dev on the project, to get the lowdown on some of the more interesting aspects of the build.

  • Retrofitting Amazon Web Services Blog in 17 minutes

    November 27th, 2013

    In this article we look at how easy it was to retrofit an AWS article in 17 minutes, but then also look at the additional work that is required to properly retrofit the entire site.

  • Misleading SEO articles about responsive design

    November 25th, 2013

    Or why Matt Cutts isn’t wrong about Responsive Web Design

  • Rebuilding

    November 7th, 2013

    The creative team over at have recently made a few changes to their website. Responsive changes. It’s been great to read through their past year of achievements but what I was more interested in was the responsive achievements from this bit of work.

  • Google Analytics Responsive Design Dashboard

    November 6th, 2013

    A ready to use google analytics dashboard that lets you see if your site is “winning” responsively.

  • A Responsive Interview with Ethan Marcotte

    November 4th, 2013

    Ethan wrote the article that kicked this whole responsive malarky off back in 2010 and has been keeping us on our toes with new ideas and improved approaches. It is with great pleasure….. his answers to our standard four questions.

  • Building

    October 31st, 2013

    This weeks RWD Weekly feature site comes from the creative fellows over at They recently launched a new responsively designed website and asked if we were interested in taking a look. Bear/Crap/Woods. I fired off a few questions about the implementation which I’m happy to say they have shared with everyone to read.

  • Responsive Icons

    October 30th, 2013

    I thought this was a fantastic idea and a great approach so I poked around how it was being done…. and hopefully made it better.

  • Responsive images situation update

    October 28th, 2013

    The Responsive Image solution landscape is in a constant state of flux. For this reason I wanted to bring everyone up to speed with how things are today.

  • An interview with Froont

    June 28th, 2013

    A few weeks ago I managed to get in touch with Anna & Sandijs from Froont is a great new tool that allows you to build responsive layouts in the browser and does a pretty good job at it as well. Check out the interview.

  • Selling (the understanding of) Responsive Design to clients

    June 6th, 2013

    If the client is asking you which devices the website will work on you should flag that as an immediate issue, take a step back and take the client on a journey to repsonsiville*.

  • Interview with Daniel Mall

    May 30th, 2013

    Dan Mall takes some time away from his new studio at Super Friendly to talk us through his own responsive design process and shares a few of his experiences with his own projects.

  • Helpful SASS Mixins

    March 1st, 2013

    Sass is the most popular and well supported CSS preprocessor. At its basics Sass allows you to write CSS in a more dynamic way through the introduction of variables and nested rules.

  • Difference between .sass and .scss

    March 1st, 2013

    SASS and SCSS are practically the same thing, but this article explains the difference in a little more detail

  • Secondary navigation in responsive design

    February 19th, 2013

    We take a look at your options for including a secondary navigation within your responsive design, before we take a look at how we implemented our own.

  • Disable jquery effects for touch screens

    February 4th, 2013

    My first thought was why disable them on touch when you could just enable them when touch wasn’t available.

  • Getting Started with Sass and Breakpoint Mixin

    January 28th, 2013

    Creating your CSS with Sass and Mixins means faster and more modular CSS development.

  • A “responsive” Apart

    January 25th, 2013

    With the launch of version 5.0 of the “A List Apart” blog Happy Cog have completed their responsive sweep of all the “A List…” branded websites.

  • CSS3 Multiple Columns and Responsive Design

    January 9th, 2013

    Yesterday I came across a question on StackOverflow regarding CSS Multiple Columns and Responsive Design, here is a look at the solution

  • Responsive Interview #6 – Matt Griffin & Ben Callahan

    January 8th, 2013

    This week we’re back to the US to talk to Matt Griffin from Bearded and Ben Callahan from Sparkbox.

  • 24 Ways to be Responsive

    December 24th, 2012

    24 Ways is a web design/development blog that deliver fantastic articles ranging from web strategy to design ideas to development techniques making it the perfect advent calendar for anyone working in the web.

  • RWD Build Review: Bed Supper Club

    October 25th, 2012

    This week I was fortunate to get an email from one of our readers detailing the work they have recently done on a redesign for the website Bed Supper Club.

  • Negative Link Bait

    October 13th, 2012

    Recently I’ve seen more and more examples of negative stories on Responsive Design. Is this justified or just negative link bait?

  • Resetting Meta Viewport tag at certain media query breakpoints

    October 4th, 2012

    An example of how you might change the meta viewport element at particular responsive breakpoints.

  • Web Experience Toolkit (WET) – Canadian Government

    September 18th, 2012

    This week saw the relaunch of the Canadian Government Web Experience Toolkit, or WET. It’s a bootstrap for the whole of government experience.

  • A response to ‘Why responsive Design isn’t a cure all’

    September 11th, 2012

    A recent article by Digiday came out with “Why Responsive Design Isn’t a cure all”, and to be perfectly honest that is a very accurate title. While responsive design is pretty awesome (you are here aren’t you) it doesn’t fit all use cases.

  • RWD Newsletter #20

    September 4th, 2012

    This week saw the Responsive Web Design Online Summit organised by Environment for Humans. I’m not going to say it was an easy conference as it went from 09:00 – 17:30 Central Time (USA) and I live +9.5 in Australia (in other words 23:30 – 07:30).  Thankfully the conference was SUPER AWESOME
    so the fact that I didn’t sleep wasn’t an issue. Although I wanted to include everything I learned from each session I’m going to have to spread it out and cover it next week because to be honest I learned too much. This week I’ll kick it off with the first session from Trent Walton on RWD Workflow….

  • The Responsive Uprising

    August 15th, 2012

    The first responsive design websites came about in the same way that most new things on the web are created. They were developed by the web developers and designers, and they were done their own blogs and websites.

  • The printer is a device too!

    August 2nd, 2012

    The Printer, while not the snazziest of devices connected to the internet it STILL is a device that can render our web pages, and unfortunately this is probably the most forgotten and least styled of all the devices around.

  • Responsive Design Newsletter #13

    July 12th, 2012

    Welcome to week #13 This week there’s been a rise in discussion around contextual content and responsive design. It’s a really interesting debate and is questioning not how we migrate content from current fixed width sites into the many breakpoints of responsive design but instead is looking at whether the content is even suitable for small devices… […]

  • Responsive Design & Darwins Theory of Evolution

    July 11th, 2012

    We have all come to acknowledge that responsive design is the brain child of Ethan Marcotte, but is it also based on an older theory?

  • Responsive Review: Starbucks

    July 2nd, 2012

    A review of the responsive design project behind

  • Responsive Design Venn Diagram

    July 1st, 2012

    A venn diagram showing the combination of Flexible Images, Responsive Grid and Media Queries to create responsive web design

  • Is responsive content easy?

    June 27th, 2012

    One of the huge draw cards for responsive design is the ability to write once and publish every where.

  • Responsive Review:

    June 25th, 2012 is the first US Government website to tackle responsive web design (not counting which tecnically isn’t a .gov site).

  • Setting a responsive background image

    June 19th, 2012

    Making images contained within the HTML responsive is easy as we saw with our responsive images… but what about background images applied within the CSS.

  • Without Responsive Content, There Is No Responsive Design

    May 30th, 2012

      Original Artilce by Boston Studios  Responsive web design is a technology that adapts quickly to the needs of the reader. The most obvious example of responsive web design is the change of the format of a website when viewing devices are switched. It also adapts to the technology of the computer that one is […]

  • RESS Multi-Device Design Resources

    May 30th, 2012

    RESS (Responsive Web Design with Server Side Components) is an approach to Responsive Design that takes a step building sites a step past the original 3 simple ingredients of Fluid Grids, Fluid Images and Media Query’s. Luke Wrobleski was one of the first to coin the phrase and speak about the approach, and wrote an overview article […]

  • Early throughs on img@srcset in the real world

    May 30th, 2012

    Scott Jehl — of Filament Group fame — puts together his thoughts about the new image SRCSET proposal. You can also find the Original Article written by Scott Jehl.

  • Content Choreography

    May 30th, 2012

    Choreography is defined as the sequence of steps and movements in dance or figure skating, especially in a ballet or other staged dance or the rumbustious choreography reflects the themes of the original play the art or practice of designing choreographic sequences. When it comes to the web we can have a different kind of […]

  • RESS Multi-Device Design Resources – @lukew

    May 23rd, 2012

    Recently Luke wrote about a topic he dubbed as RSS, and since then has been gaining popularity and a number of developers have written about how they’re using it.

  • The <picture> vs srcset argument

    May 23rd, 2012

    Adaptive images are the next unsolved mystery of Responsive Web Design, here we take a look at a few possible solutions

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