Interesting widget - WAS: argument for designing 1024px wide

19 Mar 2008 - 8:45am
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Eva Kaniasty
2007

Here is an interesting way of designing for screen size.

Look in the top right corner of this site to see the equivalent of a font
sizer for screen size.
http://www.dvda.org/

Has anybody seen this before? I haven't. Other than the fact that I don't
think it's very noticeable, it's an interesting compromise between designing
a completely flexible layout and having to stick to the lowest common
denominator (i.e. 1024).

Thoughts?

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Eva Kaniasty
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19 Mar 2008 - 9:33am
Matt Nish-Lapidus
2007

My thought on this is why make the user choose? That's not a decision
most users will understand or feel the need to make.

I'm all for variable width layouts, but there are ways of automating
it so that the site adapts to the browser size without the user having
to tell it to.

Here's an ALA article about adaptive layouts:
http://www.alistapart.com/articles/switchymclayout/

UX Magazine is a great example of a site using this technique:
http://uxmag.com/

Matt

> Has anybody seen this before? I haven't. Other than the fact that I don't
> think it's very noticeable, it's an interesting compromise between designing
> a completely flexible layout and having to stick to the lowest common
> denominator (i.e. 1024).
>
> Thoughts?
>
> --
> Eva Kaniasty
> http://www.linkedin.com/in/kaniasty

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Matt Nish-Lapidus
work: matt at bibliocommons.com / www.bibliocommons.com
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personal: mattnl at gmail.com

19 Mar 2008 - 12:40pm
Robert Hoekman, Jr.
2005

> Look in the top right corner of this site to see the equivalent of a font
> sizer for screen size.
> http://www.dvda.org/
>
> Has anybody seen this before?

This technique used on the most trafficked page on the planet.

http://www.yahoo.com/ (Page Options link).

:)

-r-

19 Mar 2008 - 2:12pm
Jeff Howard
2004

K10k.net used to have a widget like this on their frontpage, though
they seem to have removed it.

// jeff

Eva wrote:
> Here is an interesting way of designing for screen
> size. Has anybody seen this before?

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