During the past several months Anttix has spoken quite a bit about Responsive Design and how we have entirely adopted this method of design to accommodate all devices our websites may be viewed on. It has already become very clear to our clients that their website is not just viewed on desktop computers but phones and tablets as well. In most cases the mobile devices are used to view these websites more often than anything else. While many of you may now understand what responsive design are you may not know what Anttix puts into our process to make these websites possible and ensure the best quality we can. This article delves into the behind-the-scenes of our design process and sheds some light on the method to our madness.
The first step involves finding the important aspects of a site's design to our client. We are not template developers who simply give our clients pre-designed options and cookie-cutter designs. Instead, we work closely with the client to determine what is important to them. We find the proper menus, bold images, and crucial content areas for their business, organization, or group. When that is determined we can design around those important areas and determine the best way to highlight them. Once the design is approved we can move on to the next stage of the process.
In our next phase we begin the complex process of "build-out." The build-out process brings everything to life, coding and developing images for the final, functioning website or application project. This involves complicated scripts, special resources, and custom-designed images that make the one-of-kind sites our clients ask for. The build-out process lets us trouble-shoot problem areas and built interactive features that grab the attention of the targeted users. There is nothing more frustrating than a poorly functioning website and we strive for that never to happen.
Lastly, but certainly not least, comes the Quality Assurance (QA) portion of our process. This is arguably the most important part of our process, as it locates any problems or overlooked items before the site/application goes live. The QA process involves a broken link check, a W3C web standards compliance check, spelling and grammar checks, performance enhancements for speed and quality, and much more. In addition to these QA steps, a full responsive check has to be done to ensure the sites work with many devices. Just testing on one desktop, one Smartphone, and one type of tablet is not enough. At Anttix we test on 7" and 10" android tablets, Apple iPads generation 2 and above, multiple Smartphone resolutions and other tricky sizes just to be sure. By no means can we cover all ground when it comes to the every-changing mobile device world, but we certainly do our best to test as many as possible.
In the end, we deliver a website or web-based application we are proud of. We have no interest in pushing out products at a rapid pace just for payment. We deliver high-end service we can stand behind, at an affordable rate. Quality over quantity will always win for Anttix and our client's in the end.