This article was published on February 1, 2012

10 Beautiful examples of responsive Web design

10 Beautiful examples of responsive Web design
Harrison Weber
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Harrison Weber

Harrison Weber is TNW's Features Editor in NYC. Part writer, part designer. Stay in touch: Twitter @harrisonweber, Google+ and Email. Harrison Weber is TNW's Features Editor in NYC. Part writer, part designer. Stay in touch: Twitter @harrisonweber, Google+ and Email.

These days, everyone is consuming content differently. My mom has a netbook, I have a laptop, my friend has a 27″ iMac, my girlfriend and I have smartphones and her mom has an iPad.

Since your content is now being viewed on more devices and browsers than ever before, you have to design it with that in mind. Websites that adapt to things like screen sizes and operating systems are known as responsive designs, and this list of 10 sites shows off the future of the flexible Web.

Bread & Pepper

Bread & Pepper is a software company that creates simple interfaces with spicy code.

➤ Bread & Pepper


Though most browser windows aren’t constantly dragged around, it’s nice that this site adjusts seamlessly (never jumpy).


Food Sense

The logo bounces from the side to the top-center on this site.

➤ Food Sense (via Splashnology)


Instead of building out separate apps, Jux has heavily invested in a single, responsive Web design to elegantly adjust to different devices, like the iPhone, iPad and desktop (Disclosure: I worked with them before TNW).

➤ Jux

Endloop Mobile

Endloop Mobile’s site was built off of a heavily modified responsive wordpress theme.

➤ Endloop Mobile


Gravitate looks elegant at any size.

➤ Gravitate (via WebDesignDev)

Think Vitamin

Think Vitamin completely kills its sidebar at smaller sizes.

➤ Think Vitamin

Clean Air Works

Clean Air Works completely reformats its menu at smaller sizes.

➤ Clean Air Works (via WebDesignDev)

CSS Grid

CSS Grid’s site is built around the purpose of using a flexible grid.

➤ CSS Grid

Responsive Illustration

Built using HTML/CSS + media queries, “this is a simple interactive experiment with responsive design techniques.” We wrote about it previously, here.

➤ Responsive Illustration

The growing connectivity in our society leads to some amazing results, keeping information flowing at an astounding rate, while bringing people closer together. But there some downsides to this new era of consumption, one of them being the way websites are currently designed.

Anyone with a mobile device knows how difficult it can be to browse the Web, but it doesn’t have to be that way. More and more designers are utilizing Responsive design techniques, and it will soon become expected practice for every new Web design — if it isn’t already!

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