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Just when you think you know everything you need to know about website design a new product comes along and forces you to rethink the parameters of your layout (I’m talking to you iPad). The proliferation of different sized screens and hardware through which people access the Internet, could have meant that web designers would soon be developing dozens of different layouts depending on how your website is being accessed (smartphone, laptop, desktop, tablet, etc). However, thanks to the tireless efforts of developers, we now have Responsive Design.
If you are into tech history, Ethan Marcotte first wrote about Responsive Web Design here. In the simplest terms, responsive design is programming that uses percentages to create a flexible foundation to your website (typically grids are based on units of measurement you may have heard of called pixels or points). By making media such as images, videos and type fluid instead of set in measurement, a responsive website is able to adapt the layout of each page for the specific device that the viewer is using.