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In this course you'll learn the fundamentals of responsive web design with Google's Pete LePage! You'll create your own responsive web page that works well on any device - phone, tablet, desktop or anything in between. You’ll start by exploring what makes a site responsive and how some common responsive design patterns work across different devices. From there, you’ll learn how to create your own responsive layout using the viewport tag and CSS media queries. As you proceed, you’ll experiment with major and minor breakpoints, and optimizing text for reading.
OverviewThis course consists of 5 lessons. The first one is an overview of responsive design and introduces the way you’ll need to shift your thinking as you go from desktop first design, to responsive design. Lessons 2, 3, 4 and 5 will cover the important theoretical concepts of responsive design, and include plenty of hands-on exercises implementing what you’ve learned.
Lesson 1 - Why Responsive?What is responsive web design and why is it important? What kinds of devices should we be targeting with our design? How can we best leverage the different capabilities of each device to provide great experiences to users? You’ll also make sure that your development environment is ready to go. Topics covered: * What is responsive design? * Why does responsive design work for any device? * Remote debugging and emulation in the browser
Lesson 2 - Starting SmallThe best way to get started is to start small and build up. In this lesson, we’ll cover the key components that make a site great on a small screen, including setting the viewport, adding content and sizing the content to the viewport. You’ll start the home town site project, by making sure that it looks good on a small screen. Topics covered: * Why start small and build up? * What is the viewport? * Sizing the content to the viewport * avoiding static sized items * Touch targets, and why they should be large
Lesson 3 - Building UpOnce you’ve got a page optimized for small screens, it’s time to start thinking about how they’ll look on larger screens. Learn how to use CSS media queries to add breakpoints that change the layout depending on the screen size or other device characteristics. Topics covered: * CSS media queries * What is a breakpoint, and how to choose one * Using the CSS flexbox to modify layout
Lesson 4 - Common Responsive PatternsNow that you’ve got the basics of responsive design down, you’ll learn about and practice some of the common layout design patterns used across sites. You'll also iterate on the home town site project, creating breakpoints for tablet and desktop layouts using the patterns from this lesson. Topics covered: * Mostly fluid pattern * Column drop pattern * Layout shifter pattern * Off canvas pattern
Lesson 5 - OptimizationsLearn strategies for minor breakpoints used to adjust the margins or padding on an element, or increase the font size to make it feel more natural in the layout. You’ll also learn about strategies for dealing with tables and optimal text readability. At the end of the lesson, you'll iterate for the last time on the home town site, adding minor breakpoints to really make the experience stand out. Topics covered: * Minor break points * Optimizing text layout * font size * optimal line length * Responsive tables, and strategies for dealing with them
- Pete LePage - Pete is a developer advocate at Google and works to make the lives of web developers easier. Working on projects like Web Fundamentals and Google web developer videos, he's focused on ensuring that developers have the tools and skills they need to build great responsive sites and apps with awesome user experiences.
- Cameron Pittman - A passionate educator and programmer, Cameron lives and breathes web development as he creates programming courses at Udacity. Before coming here, Cameron was a combination Director of Content and web developer at Seattle startup LearnBIG. He taught four years of high school physics and chemistry in Nashville, TN, during which time he pioneered teaching physics with the video game Portal 2. Cameron graduated with a degree in physics and astronomy from Vanderbilt University and earned his master's in teaching from Belmont University.
Google is an American multinational technology company specializing in Internet-related services and products. These include online advertising technologies, search, cloud computing, and software. Most of its profits are derived from AdWords, an online advertising service that places advertising near the list of search results.
Udacity is a for-profit educational organization founded by Sebastian Thrun, David Stavens, and Mike Sokolsky offering massive open online courses (MOOCs). According to Thrun, the origin of the name Udacity comes from the company's desire to be "audacious for you, the student". While it originally focused on offering university-style courses, it now focuses more on vocational courses for professionals.