Master CSS pixels for Retina displays

  • Knowledge needed: Basic HTML5 and CSS
  • Requires: Text editor, image processor, HD smartphone or tablet
  • Project Time: 1 hour

Above is a screenshot of an entire Windows 98 desktop, circa 1999, on a contemporary 24in iMac running OS X Lion; it looks like a postage stamp. Changes in screen resolution effect changes in web design. Designers can now deploy a barrage of techniques unheard of in the 90s. We use well-hinted TFT-compatible fonts and vertical rhythms for typography, and craft grid layouts against duodecimal metrics for clean organisation. Well-balancedback grounds and stunning logos spring from our 24-bit colour-wheel based palettes and increasingly complex gradient techniques.

Resolutions are increasing as screen sizes, in many places, shrink. Ultra-high pixel density displays, smartphones and tablets provide a new environment in which to foster fresh techniques. But the principles pixel density techniques are based on are older than many contemporary web developers may realise.

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