Responsive Interview with Mike Kus


This edition our interview is with Mike Kus. Mike has designed some amazing sites including MixD, Mixture, and he was also commissioned by Smashing Magazine to design the cover and illustrations for their mobile book.

For those readers that might not know who you are can you give us a bit of an overview as to who you are and what you do?
I’m a UK based Web/Graphic Design, Illustrator and Photographer. I work for clients from all around the world on Branding, website design, application design for both web and mobile. I also do a little bit of photography on the side, which is nice to break thing up a bit.

What was the best implementation of responsive web design you’ve seen in 2013/14 and why?
I think I like the new… it’s just simple and elegantly done. It feels completely natural and it delivers the content well at all sizes.

What is the one thing with responsive web design you would like to see improved?
I still think the approach to design and layout needs work on a lot of responsive sites. While most people can make a site that collapses into one column for mobile viewing, it doesn’t alway make for a better viewing experience…. and it should. There’s no point making a site responsive with out it being a better experience on mobile devices. RWD is much more than making your content fall into line. It’s about maintaining a great experience no matter what you’re viewing the site on. To do this, often means gong further than just dropping everything into one column. The devil is in the detail and it’s in the details that makes the difference with RWD.

If you could offer one piece of advice around responsive web design, what would it be?
Be mindful that RWD is more than just a site responding an pulling the content into a single column. It making sure that the delivery of the content is a reward and as useful as it is when viewing on a desktop machine.

What affect, if any, do you think RWD requirements have on code quality.
Compared with working on old static sites I think you have to be mindful of how you structure your HTML & CSS. As projects progress it’s easy for things to get messy with the use of media queries. Being a picky designer I have a bad habit of wanting everything to be perfect at every single viewport size, which, if the truth be told, isn’t really possible. I have a tendency to want to add in extra media queries when it’s not really necessary. This is the sort of thing that adds more work for the future and probably should be avoided.

Name one thing you dislike about RWD. Anything at all.
There’s nothing I dislike about RWD, it’s just the way we build websites now. I guess the only thing that gets me down is having to let go of wanting everything to be pixel perfect all of the time.

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