The Web Design industry never stands still. Both the way we view and design websites has continuously evolved since I was first introduced to HTML, the language web pages are written in, back in 1995.
During most of this time we’ve been designing websites for typical desktop and laptop computers. It was the era of the ‘beige box in the corner of the room’ for a very long time. 10 years ago laptops became very popular as mass production began and prices fell.
Web designers have always focused on designing for a minimum resolution/screen size. And on the whole we were dealing with desktop PCs and laptops.
First, websites went wider
Several years ago, we switched from designing websites with a fixed width suitable for 800 x 600 (pixels) resolution to catering for 1024 x 768 (and above) resolutions. Suddenly websites started getting wider. A narrow website became a tell-tale sign of an old website. And there are still a few lingering around even today…