What is Adaptive Design?
The term “adaptive design” is used to describe GUI layouts that change in response to a user’s device’s screen resolution. It is used by designers in graphical user interfaces (GUIs) like websites, which need to adapt to screens of varying sizes. In adaptive design, numerous fixed-width layouts are used, and depending on the size of the user’s browser window, the system will choose the layout best suited to the user’s device.
In this respect, adaptive design is akin to the more widely used responsive design. In adaptive design, on the other hand, the content sticks to a predetermined layout size, whereas in responsive design it shifts and repositions itself automatically. That is to say, adaptive design employs a small number of predetermined layouts and automatically applies the most appropriate one based on the device’s display dimensions. In contrast, responsive design employs a single layout that adapts to varying display widths. Frequent practise in adaptive design is to create six different layouts, one for each of the six most common screen widths (320, 480, 760, 960, 1200, and 1600 pixels).
Using adaptive design, the designer can create bespoke solutions to ensure the GUI is shown in its best light across a range of device sizes. Adaptive design has a high cost since it requires the designer to make up to six unique GUIs (or, in a nutshell, six versions of a single webpage) to ensure that the best one is always available to latch with the user’s screen characteristics. One potential drawback of adaptive design is that it may not provide the best experience for people who aren’t working with a standard-sized screen. However, no designer should overlook its significance as a viable choice for presenting output that may not be well-suited to another method.
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