Responsive – Adaptive

I wrote a rambling blog post more than a year ago (15th October 2013) and i never got to publish it. I found it in my Google Drive folder and thought I should do that now. The original content were created in swedish and I had to translate it. Original text are attached as a screenshot at the end of this post. I added the hyperlinks in the post when I translated it.

##The new Responsive design?

Excuse me if I write about something you have read on several times but I just felt that I needed to articulate this for myself. Everyone knows that it is often the context that governs how something is done and how it should be shaped.

The new thing that are all presented so clearly to their customers is how they are good at responsive design. Most often (or always?) mean when design changes depending on the size of the screen it is displayed on.

I hope and believe that we can go further than that and that real responsive design starting to arrive now. A very good example is Google Now and what to speculate that Apple is trying to create in today tab in iOS. There is information that changes depending on the context the user is in. If it’s at the end of a working day and I open Google Now appears the quickest way home. If I have booked a flight or perhaps a meeting can Google Now know and tell me when I have to go and how.

If my favorite team is playing a match shows the result for me in Google Now. It is a beautiful display of the more information it has, the more benefit is it for me. And it uses the information I give it, and change depending on the context I as a user is in. There are such great opportunities for such kind of search without searching that I barely have the energy to write about it more.

And there’s more to come as long as it gets cheaper and cheaper electronics, and we can have multiple sensors and data sources in our everyday lives. The more information you can have by the user, the better things and that gives more benefit can be created.

It need not be only be such as to as to search without having to search. It can be such things as the product may react if you’re home or not, if you have a high heart rate, if you move around (how fast it is), how loud is the noise level, how bright it is around, and it is any sensor that I can think of when I just sit here and write now. And if you can take these sources from the physical world mixed with information about the user, there are even more opportunities.

And now you’re probably wondering why I brought up how all the shows that they can create responsive design. The fact that most shows off what they can create it for the customer.

It’s mostly just to show how I think it is pointless to complain on both Android and iOS that they do not evolve anymore. That there is such great potential for this new responsive design that will no longer be all about which screen to use but a lot of other factors can influence.

Although what screen you use will play a big role in the near future, I think (and hope) that it is not what we will call the responsive design for 5 years. And everyone (including me) will learn what it really means.

##What do i think now?

(This is me now and not a year ago.) I think it´s interesting to find stuff you wrote a year ago. You always update and this is maybe not what I think 100% now. But this is why I started this blog. Mostly for me to find what I did and thought a year ago.

Comments from me now are that maybe I were to hung up on the word responsive design. There are already better words for this term that should be used instead, adaptive system are more appropriate.

Additional resources found when googling to translate the old post and what I remember reading about the subject earlier:

Applying user modelling to human-computer interaction design – David Benyon and Dianne Murray

The Next Big Thing In Responsive Design – 23/9 – 2014

What Is an Adaptive System and How Can It Enhance User Experience? – 30/3 – 2013

Research from Microsoft

An Adaptive System for the Smart Home


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