Learning Responsive Web Design – Tutorials and Resources

Responsive web design has become increasingly popular. Major companies, small businesses and anyone with an online presence is turning to responsive and mobile friendly website design. Did you know that 40 percent of consumers turn to a businesses competitor if they have had a bad mobile experience. You can read more on mobile web design facts here. As a “web guy” or girl it’s become almost essential for us to be able to provide our clients with mobile friendly websites. If you don’t know responsive design or do not have any mobile solutions for your customers then these responsive web design tutorials will become a must learn for you. I can honestly say that if you are involved with the web, you will need to learn responsive design at some point or other.

Responsive Design Resources

This first set of links are all useful resources for responsive web design.

1. Facing The Challenge: Building A Responsive Web Application

The first article is focused on building a responsive web application. This is probably for the more experienced user or if you are looking for a challenge. This is not actually a tutorial, it’s more of a take on the subject. But, it contains some very interesting points about responsive design which are more focused towards web applications.

2. How to Create a Responsive Website in About 15 Minutes

This is a “how to” tutorial for beginners. It gives you a perspective into responsive web design and by the end of it you will have learned how to create a responsive website.

3. Build a Responsive, Mobile-Friendly Website from Scratch: Responsive Rules

Here you will receive a general breakdown of media queries and how you can build a responsive website. This is a 6 part series and it literally covers everything you need to know about responsive web design. I would highly recommend this tutorial to any beginner wanting to learn responsive design skills.

4. Responsive Web Design with Twitter Bootstrap

If you don’t know what Twitter Bootstrap is, it’s basically a responsive framework. With Twitter Bootstrap you are able to enhance, customize and build your own responsive website on top of it’s unique framework. In other words the responsive part of the website is built for you. In this article you will find detailed instructions on how to build a responsive site using Twitter Bootstrap. Twitter Bootstrap can also be used for non responsive websites.

5. Building a Responsive Website with Bootstrap Part 1/8

The tutorial above is for those who prefer to read. This here is an 8 part video series that covers the basics of bootstrap, to building a simple responsive website using the creative Framework.

6. How To Use CSS3 Media Queries To Create a Mobile Version of Your Website

Media queries are part of CSS3 and can be used to create a responsive website. This article covers media queries in depth and how you can use them to create a mobile version of your website.

7. Quick Tip: A Crash-Course in CSS Media Queries

It’s all good building a responsive website, but you don’t look very professional if you are unsure of how it works. I’m sure one day a customer will ask you how it’s put together. That’s why I think it’s a good idea to know what you are working with.

As media queries are the core elements for responsive web design. I figured this tutorial/video may come in handy. It’s basically a 5 minute screen cast on CSS media queries.

8. Responsive Design with CSS3 Media Queries 243

In this tutorial you will be creating a responsive website. Again the concept of this tutorial is creating a website that is compatible on all major devices. Such as tablets and smart phones etc.

9. How to Create a Responsive Navigation

Creating a responsive navigation is the key element to responsive web design. After all, the idea of responsive design is to take your website and navigation and make it accessible through a mobile device.

Knowing how the key element to your responsive website is rendered, is a very crucial piece of information. This tutorial here was one of the first responsive tutorials I had tried. It shows you how to create a responsive navigation.

10. Creating a Mobile-First Responsive Web Design

In this tutorial brought to you by HTML5 Rocks, you will be creating a mobile first responsive web design. In the course of this tutorial you will be using css media queries and javascript to determine styling and functionality.

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