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What’s Your New Year’s Resolution?

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013

What’s your New Year’s resolution?

I’m talking about display resolution, of course – the number of distinct pixels that can be displayed in each dimension. With a higher display resolution you can either fit more onto your screen or you can view it at a higher quality (providing the content is served in such a way).

My display resolution is 1680 x 1050 and 1280 x 1024.

And 720 x 1280.

And 1280 x 800.

And 1600 x 900.

And 1024 x 768.

You see, it depends on which device I’m using at the time – a dual screen PC, Smartphone, Android tablet, wide-screen laptop or a fairly old second-hand projector.

This really matters. It’s not just me who uses different types of screens – the boom in smartphones and tablets means that people will be seeing your website on more types of screen than ever before.

There is no such thing as a ‘typical’ screen resolution – long gone are the days when you could simply incrementally increase your website’s width every couple of years.

You must now consider landscape (long) vs portrait (tall). High resolutions vs low resolutions. Large screens vs small screens. High pixel density (sharp displays) vs low pixel density (less detail possible). Touch displays vs non-touch displays.

How does your website shape up? View it on your desktop, laptop, smartphone and tablet devices – and/or whatever else you may have – and see for yourself. Not up to scratch or not sure? Contact us to find out how we can help your site work better for you.

New Year (Screen) Resolutions

Friday, January 8th, 2010

new-years-resolutionAlmost inevitably, this time of year brings Web designers to ask “What is your New Year Resolution?“.

1680 by 1050 pixels” is 2010’s typical answer in the Fish.Net office, referring to the screen resolution set for our monitors.  Hilarity ensues.

As well as giving the opportunity to rehash a really bad pun, the new year is a reminder that there is no universal standard screen resolution or system configuration, and of the challenges this brings to Web site designers and owners.