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13 really useful responsive design tutorials

Ensure your website has the optimal viewing experience with these helpful responsive design tutorials.

Responsive design can be a daunting step to take if you have no idea where to start. Thankfully, we've rounded up these really useful tutorials to help you from day one. From typography to imagery and layout to responsive design tools, you'll be a pro before you know it.

01. Responsive web design: what it is and how to use it

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Get the grips with the basics of responsive web design

In the field of web design and development, we're quickly getting to the point of being unable to keep up with the endless new resolutions and devices, writes Kayla Knight. Should we just suffer the consequences of losing visitors from one device, for the benefit of gaining visitors from another? Or is there another option?

02. Responsive web design: a visual guide

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Accomodate your site to a number of different devices

These days, 'one size fits all' is quickly becoming a dated concept. Luckily, with CSS media queries, we can now easily build responsive web designs that accomodate everything from your mobile phone to your massive desktop, as this video tutorial demonstrates.

03. Braindump on responsive web design

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Take a look at a range of tips and tricks in this tutorial video

Chris Coyier explains the very basics of what "responsive web design" has come to mean, with examples, related resources, relevant people, tips and tricks, and more.

04. Build a basic responsive site with CSS

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Start simple by following this step-by-step tutorial for your first site

Responsive design is much misunderstood. Jason Michael lays to rest some myths, and then walks us through building a simple responsive website.

05. Build a responsive site in a week: part 1

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The first of a five-part responsive design tutorial series

Interested in responsive web design but not sure how to get started? Don't fret, help is at hand! In a five-tutorial series, Paul Robert Lloyd talks you through the responsive design process, soup to nuts.

06. Build a responsive site in a week: typography & grids: part 2

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Translate static page designs into adaptable sites

In the second part of this series, Paul Robert Lloyd tells us how to translate static page designs into adaptable, fluid websites. So let go of those pixels and learn to love proportions!

07. Build a responsive site in a week: images and video: part 3

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Get to grips with images and video in a responsive environment

In the third part of this series, Paul Robert Lloyd looks at incorporating images and video into responsive layouts, and describes some of the problems in this area that still need solving.

08. Build a responsive site in a week: media queries: part 4

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Understand breakpoints in the penultimate part of the series

In the penultimate part of this responsive design series, Paul Robert Lloyd explains how media queries work, and describes a device-agnostic approach to breakpoints.

09. Build a responsive site in a week: going further: part 5

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Once you know the basics, this tutorial lets you into even more tips and tricks

In the final part of this responsive web design series, Paul Robert Lloyd explains how there is more to a responsive design than just flexible layouts, images and media queries.

10. Design sites using the Responsive Grid System

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Learn the quick and easy route with this grid system

The Responsive Grid System isn't a framework or a boilerplate. But it does make creating responsive websites quick and easy. Graham Miller, its creator, explains how to use it.

11. Responsive Navigation Menu

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Transfrom a regular menu into a dropdown offering

The purpose of this tutorial is to show you how turn a regular list menu into a dropdown menu on smaller display. The technique requires no Javascript and uses clean and semantic HTML5 markup.

12. Introducing responsive web typography With FlowType.JS

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Get your widths right with this responsive tutorial

FlowType.JS allows a perfect character count per line at any screen width. This tutorial on Smashing explains how to use it.

13. Handling typography for responsive design

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Make sure you get your type just right

You've got your layout and images scaling, but you need to have your type following along as well. One size of type does not fit all line lengths or screen widths, says Val Head.

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