It’s safe to say responsive design isn’t going anywhere soon, as it represents a relatively simple and cheap way for businesses to build a fully-functional mobile-friendly site. But responsive web design does come with some issues if not carried out properly, the most important being performance.
- Use responsive images which are defined using a percentage.
- Use RESS – Responsive and Server Side
- Apply performance testing into the process in order to effectively measure and optimize each site.
Performance is important not only to UX, but also to Google in the wake of the Mobile Friendly update which released in April 2015. Responsive web design is also highly compatible with minimalism, thanks to the necessity to keep page weight down. It’s also great to work with cards and responsive design as they can easily restructure in order to fit any breakpoint or screen size (like rearranging rectangular containers of content).
Responsive web design is becoming less of a trend and more of a best practice. And designers have come up with clever ways to get around any speed issues.
There’s no doubt that responsive design is highly useful and versatile, but it also should be lightning fast in order to deliver a great UX.