The Responsive Unknown: Typography and Layout

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In the process of building responsive sites, designers are inevitably confronted with the most difficult decisions up front. Unless you don’t spend any time planning, wireframing, and re-planning your project, a big chuck of your project concern is going to be how your content scales.

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The Responsive Unknown: Introduction

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There are quite a few areas in a RWD project that allow for time saving methods. While some components, like how to create media queries, how to handle media and where to define breakpoints have been heavily discussed there are other areas, like how we do wireframes, concepts and style guides in an efficient manner that have room for exploration.

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Breaking Design Principles on Purpose

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Rules. They keep our designs clean, consistent, aligned, and focused. The core principles upon which good design is built are absolutely essential to the education of any designer.

The great thing about design rules though is that they can and should be broken, granted that you know what you’re doing. Read on to see some examples of effectively breaking design principles in order to improve a project.

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The Designer Will Make It Pretty

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I am sure that my day job as a designer has a lot of similarities to that of the entire Smashing community. I create wireframes, mockups and concepts. I craft HTML and CSS using methods that I hope are fluid and adaptive. At the same time, my coworkers and I serve over 100 clients and 13 million users on a single platform.

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Designing in the Dust

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This morning I was following my standard routine of absent staring into my twitter feed when I noticed Mark Boulton fire out a tweet commending Sarah Parmenter for deciding to hire on two apprentices. Mark goes on to mention that a similar action on his part was one of the best decisions they made at his design firm. I remember back when Mark had decided to take that endeavor, he published posts and content about it and a lot of members of this design community of ours commended him on this move. All of this leads me to wonder why we didn’t and still don’t see more of this behavior.

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