Sunday, March 23, 2014

Responsive Break Points at 325px
I've been playing around with bootstrap more, and I like almost everything about it.

I'm not a fan of where they choose break points for responsive design. No doubt they've put in more effort than me, but with their defaults a half-sized browser window on a 1280 x 1024 monitor brings up the shortened "hotdog" style menu.

I am old fashion, I still have a 4:3 monitor (in my defense it is my secondary monitor). For's more responsive redesign I made up my own break points. They are not perfect, but here is the thought behind them.

At it's smallest, displays only two tabs and my contact information. This is how it appears on most mobile devices (I don't have many to test with). My phone shows a width of 1080 with a pixel ration of 3, so it's 360px wide. A mobile device with a pixel ratio of 2, 540px wide, will also show this version.

The half window I was complaining about with bootstrap, also shows this window... so I'm a total hypocrite, but at least I don't have a "hotdog" menu. at 640px
At 640px the third tab, activity, is added. It's safe to bet a mobile device user will have no interest in viewing this tab because it's a giant table. Odds are good no one wants to view this tab anyway. It is only interesting from a code writing perspective. This width is also how it appears in a web browser taking up half of a wide screen monitor (1920 x 1080 see I told you I had another monitor). at 960px at 1100-ish px
A touch wider, somewhere between half of a widescreen resolution and a full screen 4:3 resolution (it's 960px), the background is added and the contact icons get larger. To me this makes it feel like a classic web page. Nothing has changed except the page now "hovers" over some random binary number image.

The final break point is at 1100-ish pixels. Here the only change is the summary tab switches to two columns.

This post has referred to break points in terms of pixels, but the css media queries are in em's. I choose this because zooming shouldn't break a website (and as I get older I find a lot of websites I Crtl + mouse wheel on). Zooming in or out on should yield appropriate results. For example, in Chrome with a zoom set to 400% on a 1920 x 1080 monitor the page will look like it does at it's narrowest break point. Although it will be giant.

My personal website doesn't appear under the projects I've worked on even though I've spent a lot of time on it. There is however an easter egg that will explain a little about the philosophy behind

Now all I need to do is spend some time refining the code that makes my blog! I know how horrible it is.

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