Usability ‘guru’ Jakob Nielsen says we should ignore responsive websites and build separate apps instead. Seriously?
(Note: post was published July 2012)
Everyone agrees the future of the Internet is mobile. However, why is Jakob Nielsen, pictured, arguing for a move back to separate apps ?
He believes Responsive Web Design(RWD) is not fit for purpose. Maybe he doesn’t understand it. To be fair, this year even web developers have been falling out of love with RWD.
Ground-Breaking Responsive Web Design
RWD seeks to solve the recent issue of visitors browsing on both super sized monitors & smartphones.
Trailblazed by Ethan Marcotte (pictured) in his tutorial ‘A list apart’, developers can group CSS rules into ‘media queries’. Depending on screen size, content can be displayed in a variety of ways. Jakob’s main argument is, whilst Responsive Web Design allows you to change how the content looks, you can’t change what the content is.