Cameron Adams on RWD
Long before Ethan Marcotte came up with the name Responsive Web Design, Cameron Adams ( themaninblue.com) had created one of the first sites that adapted dynamically to the size of your browser window. You can still see it at www.themaninblue.com/experiment/ ResolutionLayout – we caught up with Cameron to find out a bit more. When did you first hear of responsive web design as a concept? The term ‘responsive web design’ really began to gain traction when mobile browsing became a reality, and that’s when it began to have its most value. But before that we’d been exploring adaptive interfaces for a while. I’d originally experimented with different layouts for different screen sizes in 2004 and actually implemented it in a few sites over the next couple of years.
How did you approach implementing it for yourself?
What was the hardest thing about getting it right?
Getting cross-browser support was the hardest thing – interpreting window resizing events, dealing with dynamic CSS writing, and just the randomness of browser CSS support.
The page is still up – does it get much traffic these days?
I switched site analytics a few years ago, so I don’t have historical data all the way back to 2004. Right now it gets the princely sum of about five page views a day. There are definitely much more visited parts of my site! Cameron Adams is co-founder and CPO at canva.com