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Mobile Design- Why Old Methods Don't Work
Submitted by Jay Kryst on Thu, 05/24/2012 - 22:24
By now, many website owners understand that developers must take a careful approach when designing for mobile devices. The process for creating websites has changed significantly in light of the fact that so many end users are accessing the internet via iPhones and Android devices. Here are a few explanations of why the methodology has evolved.
The first challenge that designing for mobile devices presents is the consideration of screen size. The race for 'bigger is better' took a detour when someone realized that a 4” screen would fit into a purse or pocket better than a 32” screen. Since visual space is very limited, designs have to be restructured for readability and appeal.
Then there is the issue of Adobe Flash, the foundation of many a great interactive web experience. Unfortunately, a portion of mobile devices are unable to handle it. Even the ubiquitous iPhone currently cannot support Flash. If a designer relies solely on the capabilities of Flash, the site will not function optimally for a large portion of its audience.
Even if a designer conquers the visual aspects of mobile device design, he or she must address the crucial feature of usability. Mobile devices use two methods of interaction-- touch and/or some form of a trackball. Using a finger to interact with a website can be very tedious, and numerous website designs fail in this category. In design terms, form follows function. When a user visits a site, it is imperative that he or she can smoothly interact with an attractive design.
Mobile website design and development is a very involved process. Numerous considerations have to be addressed prior to going live. It is crucial that a website looks appealing and functions well, regardless of how it is being accessed. At Anttix, we have diligently stayed ahead of the game in order to deliver the same quality experience you would expect with any website we create. Whether on a desktop or an iPhone, your Anttix-created site will shine.