Ideas for mobile web design

A few years ago, the idea of browsing the web from one’s mobile phone seemed unpractical to say the least. Nowadays, website analytics show that more and more visits come from users who access the site from their smartphones. The tendency isn’t at all surprising: with phones that get bigger by the year and that pack up impressive specs, one shouldn’t have to turn on their laptop or desktop on just to read the news or make dinner reservations. Users therefore expect mobile-friendly interfaces and a pleasant user experience from the websites they visit, so it’s up to designers to take advantage of the latest technologies and develop the right solutions. The idea of responsive web design is no longer big news. Now, mobile design has gone even further and websites don’t just look like their scaled down version, but like native apps. Web design Montreal companies have to create sleek, modern and intuitive designs that match the capabilities of the devices they are being accessed from. Here are some of the elements incorporated in the best mobile designs.

One of the biggest challenges when creating mobile designs is the complexity of the website. Because optimizing a simple blog for mobile use is one thing, and optimizing complex, image-heavy online magazines with plenty of elements is another. Smartphone browsers are capable of rendering heavier CSS or JavaScript animations, slideshows, but the way your website is going to work and function will ultimately depend on how it is developed, and not the hardware specifications of your phone. With complex websites, you have to offer users the same features they can enjoy on a desktop or notebook. If you have a slideshow or image gallery, they should be able to get seamless navigation. Navigation through the website menu is also an interesting task. For mobiles, it’s not always advisable to keep all the website sections visible, because they could have a negative impact on user experience. Instead, you can have an off canvas navigation bar, which users can tap when they want to go somewhere else on the site.

 

Content heavy websites are generally more difficult to browse through and, when it comes to mobiles, users expect a very simple, clean and straightforward approach. They don’t want to zoom in to see the text or tap a button. To make browsing easier, designers use white spaces. This gives the site a relaxed, comfortable look. Page dividers can also be used to structure information and give more guidance. Of course, there is no such thing as a universally valid rule. Depending on the site’s profile and content, the designer may apply different technologies. After all, it is one of the main purposes of web design to completely represent a company’s ethos. Shortly, the design team you’re working with has to make use of state of the art tools and trends, but not just follow trends blindly. Any website has to have a unique element that sets it apart from the thousands of other sites that do the same thing.