Responsive web design has become incredibly popular in recent years thanks to the rise of mobile internet usage.
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.
To ensure that a responsive performs at the peak of its ability, according to Guy’s Pod, designers should:
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).