Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Blog 1 - Responsive Report by Gridset

As part of my Agency Ready unit I have been asked to read the Responsive Report by Gridset. The report gathers results from people from different types of roles in organisations within the web industry and their opinions on responsive website design. These results are the positives and struggles with responsive website design based on specific key points. I have been asked to reflect on what I picked up from this report and the resources, how I feel about it and if there are any problems with the report.

The first thing I found quite interesting about the report was the different types of organisations involved in the report. For example, project managers was a surprise to see because it shows that responsive design is so becoming important in today's web industry, different roles are taking a role in responsive design. In addition, project managers, businesses managers are also taking a big role in responsive design because a website for a business is very important because of business revenue and potential clients visiting the website on different devices.

A positive and negative part of the report is the amount of people that have answered the survey. Although the number of people from different roles in organisations have doubled since the last report, one could say that just having a little over a thousand people answering the survey is just a small percentage of the number of people there are in the web industry.

One of the biggest challenges with responsive design based on the report and what seems to be a recurring theme in the gridset report is optimization and the speed. Personally working on image optimisation with the web, this seems like a problem that comes up a lot with not just responsive design, but website development. I believe that this is just an issue to do with more with internet speed (wifi and mobile data) and not to do with the actual images. One of the biggest concerns with the organisations in the report is Responsive Design needs to work on different platforms but also different connection speeds. The website Site Point and other websites seem to addresses this issue with responsive design and website speed. This website gives some good examples which I have tried with my small website and I saw a difference.
The feeling of the report generally is that responsive is difficult, but exciting. Each year there are more and more ways to do the so-called ‘right way’ in responsive design. Because every few years new technology comes out that makes not just responsive design change, but website development as a whole. To make it in the web industry you need to be a on top of the industry standard, and always be up to date with different standards and way of coding. In the report there is still feeling of frustration with the responses from the survey. Which makes me think if I’m finding frustrating from the beginner level, I can only imagine what the feeling would be if I was deeply involved in the web industry.

What I’ve learned from the report is that responsive design is very complicated and has a large community of people from different roles in organisations coming together to give their feedback and make responsive design improve. I personally enjoyed reading the report because I like to learn new things, but I have slowly realised that I don’t see myself in the web industry. The reason why I don’t see myself in this industry because slowly lost interested and found coding very difficult and for the most part frustrating. What I most enjoy is designing the websites I create and believe I would best suited as a designer and not a coder because of my background in graphic design, art and filmography. Before I first started university, I wanted to learn how to design and make professional for the web. But as I progressed into website development I found it frustrating because I felt that there are so many people out there who have been doing it less than I have but are still way more advanced than I am.

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