What Impact Does Responsive Design Have On Users?

There’s a very good chance that you’re already familiar with responsive design. If not, the brief description is web design that adapts to any screen, providing optimum viewing and user experience. What this means for users is that, whether they’re seeing a site on their phone or on a desktop PC, the experience is never compromised. But with the increase in popularity of responsive design within the design services industry, how does it affect users? Could responsive design have a positive impact on consumer behaviours? In this article, we aim to find out.

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The stats don’t lie

If you’ve talked with a web design company, you’ve probably heard of the benefits of responsive design – but why exactly is it better? Well, there are a number of stats that categorically show that consumers and web users prefer responsive experiences. To begin with, here are some compelling facts and figures:

  • If a site doesn’t offer a mobile-optimised experience, 61% of users said they would use a competitor.
  • 62% of companies stated that having a site optimised for mobile led directly to increased sales.
  • 88% of mobile internet users have had a negative experience in the past with un-optimised sites.

Why responsive works

As you can see, there are a number of reasons why responsive web design just makes sense – and you don’t need a specialist web agency to understand that. What you may need them for, however, is to come up with a responsive design solution that fits with your business objectives and your audience. Responsive is not always a winning solution – you still need to be sure that your site provides a good user experience. Extensive testing on a range of devices is key. It will help understand how users interact with the site on various devices, depending on the design options available. In this way, you can be certain that responsive design is working hard for you by offering a universal experience to all of your website’s visitors.

So… has your site gone responsive yet?

The Battle Of The Brands: Samsung Vs. Apple

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On June 29th, 2007, Apple released the iPhone – a device that would go on to define an entire generation of consumer electronics. Three years later, on June 4th, 2010, Samsung released the Galaxy S – a device that would go on to be the cause of one of history’s most well-known corporate battles. The main crux of the issue? Well, Apple (seemingly rightly to some) stated that the Samsung Galaxy S was too similar in design to the iPhone. This, however, was just the beginning.

Identical twins?

When Apple first got their hands on the Galaxy S, they were surprised by its striking resemblance – and perhaps also by the gall of its creators. The handset design was familiar, the operating system was similar, and even the way the interface worked was the same (for example, the rubber-band effect when screens are manipulated). Many influential people in the electronics design services industry were adamant: it couldn’t be denied that it was very reminiscent of the iPhone. Apple’s CEO at the time, Steve Jobs, was angry. Very angry.

Confrontation time

In late 2010, a legal Team from Apple actually went to Seoul to meet with Samsung. At that meeting, Apple actually accused Samsung of copying the iPhone, in a very direct manner. Samsung didn’t take kindly to this and in fact countered with a suggestion that Apple was breaking one of Samsung’s patents somewhere along the line. In April 2011, Apple proceeded to sue Samsung. A few days later, Samsung filed a countersuit claiming that their 3G technology patents were being breached.

Settlements

The lawsuits raged on until settlement talks finally took place in around April 2012. Unfortunately, even though Samsung had removed some products from the shelves, these talks failed. Surprisingly to some, in July 2012, a UK judge demanded that Apple apologise for accusing Samsung of copying the iPad design, saying it was ‘too generic’ to be copied. Perhaps they needed a better brand design agency? Apple did apologise on the website… in very small text. Since that time, there have been even more hard-fought battles, including $1 billion awarded to Apple, which was invalidated by a $450 million payout to Samsung.

So where are we today? Well, much of the dust has settled, but there is still tension between the two companies. Who will strike next is anybody’s guess…