Mobile Design is not only Responsive

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When I read this article by Henrik Eneroth about redesigning Safari’s interface I thought we as webdesigners somehow do this with websites and web-apps. While Apple misses to add different behavior for different browser-sizes it’s a kind of standard to build a website with a special mobile version that looks not like the website on a desktop computer but fulfills the need of someone who visits the mobile version of the website.

The difference between a responsive mobile optimized website on the left and a stand-alone mobile version

In Vitaly Friedman’s (Smasing Magazine) presentation “Webdesigntrends 2011” I recognized this nice photo.

Vitaly states that someone who visits your page with a mobile device may need other information as someone who visits your page with a “normal sized” computer. That’s why I somethimes – even when I’m designing “responsive” – leave out some elements that are not really nescessary on a mobile screen, e.g. a slider with some nice-looking images.

This approche should be brought to apps, too.
There are some examples where this works already. For instance there is Reeder for Mac, for iPad and iPhone. The desktop-app uses a similar design-pattern as Lion’s Mail for Mac: three Columns. There are more details in every next column you open.

Whatever… You should definitely visit Mr. Eneroth’s post on re-designing the browser-window as it is kinda important and thoughtful for everyone who has some connection to design.


CSS3: Auto Hyphenation for Text-Elements

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In browsers we do not have the ability to automatically hyphenate continuous text. This is an issue when you are using text-align: justify; for instance because the text may look really bad. I want to write about this topic because of the discussion that came up at the HTML5 Boilerpates issue-list and this blogpost at Fontdeck Blog. The specification says: Hyphenation means splitting words to improve the layout of paragraphs. CSS3 Properties CSS3 adds six properties to the list of useful thing. These are: The most important one is hyphens. More to this one later. You can add dictionary-files with hyphenate-resource

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The Difference between Push and Pull

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Push and Pull

You do know the nice message which is submitted to your smartphone when someone mentions you on Twitter? iOS gets these messages via push. This means the server tells the app something like “Hey look, there’s something new on your Twitter-account”. On Android this is done with push, too. It was introduced in version 2.1.0 in mid of July. Before this release they requested all Tweets via “pull”: The app asks the server “Yo server, somethin’ new here?”. Draw-backs? So where’s the difference besides the obvious? with pull the app has to connect to the server in a certain time-interval

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This is what it’s all about!

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Sometimes I need some space to share my thoughts. Sometimes this means its just a very short post and sometimes it will be a little bit more. Some kind of tutorial or what ever. Actually I’m a front-end developer located in Freiburg, Germany. Maybe you’ve head of this city: Smashing Magazine is based here, too. I’m currently working as a freelancer at /gebrüderheitz with people like Daniel and Steffen. I’m also engaged in some projects: I do some fancy stuff with Christian (we do Pagetimer), with Daniel I’m developing WordPress-Themes for Themeforest under the name Flipthemes (you should checkout this

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