Joy of full width

Screens are getting bigger, but specifically they are getting wider. This realisation has, over time, been nagging at me and got me thinking about the idea of a serious overhaul for this site. Despite trying a number of different options over the past month I decided that perhaps it wasn’t the radical that was required, but the more practical.

Behold then, the same fundamental design but sporting wider pages, more flowing text, larger images and more tweaks to come. Those with wide screens or even just plain old rectangular ones should be rather pleased – do let me know your thoughts in comments.

   

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  1. Chris Worfolk Said,

    October 16, 2013 @ 6:51 am

    I like it. I would argue that screens have actually got smaller, because the majority of internet traffic for many sites is now viewed on a mobile. But having an adaptive wide site with flowing text is ideal for these devices too.

  2. sunil Said,

    October 17, 2013 @ 10:30 am

    Utilizing full width is great.

    However you still have to account for the fatigue that hits users eyeballs with the body of text is too wide.

    Rather then just allowing a body of text to exceed an easily readable with, you can also expand the size of the text. This can be done using ems, and these days rems within media queries.

    Drew Barontini’s blog does something like this: http://drewbarontini.com/setup/alfred/ (check out the type size choices that he’s made)

    Another thing I like about his site and a whole bunch of other similar sites is that they don’t shy away from using large type sizes even at standard pane width sizes (if there is such a thing anymore) and even smaller (tablet, mobile) sizes.

    In this day and age we shouldn’t be using anything smaller then the browser defaults for type size. I don’t want to sound mean, but there’s no reason for why we should be setting our paragraphs at 12px anymore.

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