Screen Resolution Sources

12 Aug 2009 - 8:43pm
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Sean Scott
2009

Hi All. Currently looking for good sources on screen resolutions in
the Us if at all possible. Trying to take a wider look than just on
the client site.

Links I've garnered from past discussions include:
http://marketshare.hitslink.com/report.aspx?qprid=17
http://www.w3schools.com/browsers/browsers_display.asp

Wondering if there are anymore out there people would recommend.

Thanks,
Sean Scott

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12 Aug 2009 - 9:41pm
jasonrobb
2009

Hi Sean,

I don't have any resources for screen resolution other than what's
available for MY personal and company sites through analytics. If you
don't have analytics, and are basically guessing what your customers
will be able to see...

First, I'd encourage you to try a fluid layout (em-based not
pixel-based width): http://www.alistapart.com/articles/fluidgrids/ It
takes a very, very small amount of math. Which is easy to remember
(basically target ÷ context = result).

But if you're still insisting on a pixel-based layout, here are some
links that might be helpful to your decision to go big (or go home ;)

%u2022 Cameron Moll (circa 2006) on Optimal width for 1024px width --
http://www.cameronmoll.com/archives/001220.html
%u2022 Jakob Neilson (2006) on Screen Resolution and Layout
http://www.useit.com/alertbox/screen_resolution.html
%u2022 Roger Johansson (2005) Fixed or fluid width? Elastic!
http://www.456bereastreet.com/archive/200504/fixed_or_fluid_width_elastic/
%u2022 Roger Johansson (2008) Specify a max width for em-based
layouts
http://www.456bereastreet.com/archive/200803/specify_a_maximum_width_for_embased_layouts/

The truth is, without real stats from YOUR sites, you're just
guessing and/or going on data that is irrelevant to you. Which is why
I'd suggest you try an elastic layout before locking into a pixel
width. Or at the least, specify a max- and min-width in pixels for
your outermost container.

Feel free to email me off list or hit me up via twitter
http://twitter.com/jasonrobb if you'd like to converse about
elastic/liquid/fluid/whatever layouts. I'm tickled pink by the
subject! =)

Cheers,

Jason R.

--

Jason Robb
Experience Design & Implementation

jason at jasonrobb.com
http://jasonrobb.com
http://uxboston.com
http://uiscraps.tumblr.com

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13 Aug 2009 - 6:19am
Adrian Howard
2005

On 12 Aug 2009, at 18:43, Sean Scott wrote:

> Hi All. Currently looking for good sources on screen resolutions in
> the Us if at all possible. Trying to take a wider look than just on
> the client site.
>
> Links I've garnered from past discussions include:
> http://marketshare.hitslink.com/report.aspx?qprid=17
> http://www.w3schools.com/browsers/browsers_display.asp
>
> Wondering if there are anymore out there people would recommend.

Depending what you're doing you might find it more useful to look for
stats on browser window dimensions rather than screen resolution.

Adrian
--
http://quietstars.com - twitter.com/adrianh - delicious.com/adrianh

13 Aug 2009 - 6:24am
vutpakdi
2003

Seems like standard screen resolutions have changed dramatically in
the last few years with the rise of both netbooks/smartphones and the
decreases in prices for widescreen LCDs.

Also depends on what your target market is. For example, for my
industry, a source for"standard" screen resolutions for a home
users is somewhat useless for someone like me whose users are
technical specialists in oil and gas exploration. In my case, direct
observation or surveys of customer sites is more useful.

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13 Aug 2009 - 11:22am
Sean Scott
2009

Thank you for the great feedback and links. Totally agree that the
first step in answering that question is knowing your won ecosystem.
However was interested in contrasting our current customers web
profiles with more mainstream targets like twitter or facebook users.

Thanks again

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13 Aug 2009 - 12:19pm
Barbara Ballard
2005

On Wed, Aug 12, 2009 at 1:43 PM, Sean Scott<sean at kubeworks.com> wrote:
> Hi All. Currently looking for good sources on screen resolutions in
> the Us if at all possible. Trying to take a wider look than just on
> the client site.
>

Probably not what you are looking for, but Device Atlas gives (among
many things) mobile screen sizes.

http://deviceatlas.com/ (free registration)

~~~~~
Barbara Ballard
Skype: barbara_ballard
Twitter, Delicious: barbaraballard
email: barbara at littlespringsdesign.com
1.785.838.3003

13 Aug 2009 - 4:51pm
James Page
2008

It totally depends on who your users are.
One of our clients who have a large general demographic; screen sizes seam
to be all over the place. Including quite small (think of all those netbooks
out there).

On our own site www.webnographer.com <http://www.webnographer.com> which is
aimed at people in the usability field screen sizes tends to be either
large, with a significant minority with very small screens (hypothesises
again been netbooks). Another site I have access to the stats of
UXBrighton <http://uxbrighton.org.uk/>follows
this pattern.

Key difference between the sites is that the large site, mac's make up less
than 10%. On our site they make up about 50%, and on
UXBrighton<http://uxbrighton.org.uk/> they
are the majority. Also on the UXB site there has been no IE6 users ever.
(except while testing it)

One thing to bear in mind is that people with large screens, and Mac users
don't have their browsers maximised. So viewport size of user browser is
what is important.

All the best

James
http://blog.feralabs.com

2009/8/13 Barbara Ballard <bballa01 at gmail.com>

> On Wed, Aug 12, 2009 at 1:43 PM, Sean Scott<sean at kubeworks.com> wrote:
> > Hi All. Currently looking for good sources on screen resolutions in
> > the Us if at all possible. Trying to take a wider look than just on
> > the client site.
> >
>
> Probably not what you are looking for, but Device Atlas gives (among
> many things) mobile screen sizes.
>
> http://deviceatlas.com/ (free registration)
>
>
> ~~~~~
> Barbara Ballard
> Skype: barbara_ballard
> Twitter, Delicious: barbaraballard
> email: barbara at littlespringsdesign.com
> 1.785.838.3003
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