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What is adaptive design?
Adaptive website design is a process used to build a user interface (UI) that works seamlessly across multiple devices and platforms by adapting to various screen sizes and resolutions. Different devices have different requirements for their UIs. For example, a smartwatch UI differs from that of a laptop. With adaptive design, your web page will display properly whether on a smartphone, smartwatch, desktop, laptop, iPad, or other device.
Adaptive websites work by selecting from a series of static layouts to load whichever design best fits each device. These static layouts are premade in multiple versions that fit common screen sizes, which helps minimize load times. Adaptive website design can be contrasted with responsive design, an alternative that uses fluid layouts to dynamically adjust contents to fit the device.Footnote 1
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Adaptive design course curriculum
Fundamental knowledge about user experience (UX) and other design concepts may be beneficial before enrolling in an adaptive design tutorial. If you are new to the field of UX, you may want a course that covers topics such as:
Design principles for colors and typography
Popular UI tools
UX versus UI
Page elements such as buttons and menus
Site navigation design
If you are interested in learning about design, edX offers a wide array of educational opportunities. A boot camp can provide flexible, hands-on learning for those who want to upskill quickly, while executive education courses are designed for busy professionals. You can also pursue a more comprehensive curriculum through a bachelor’s degree program or, for more advanced learners, a master’s degree program. Find the right learning path for you with edX.
Explore adaptive design jobs
The field of adaptive design is vast. For visual thinkers, creative storytellers, and art lovers, web design can be a rewarding career. Jobs that may use adaptive design include:
Web designer: Create visually attractive and intuitive websites optimized for various screen dimensions (i.e., for mobile users, desktop versions) and resolutions.Footnote 2
Web developer: Develop and maintain websites with programming languages like HTML and CSS.Footnote 3
WordPress developer: Create custom websites and themes with WordPress CMS and platform.Footnote 4
Web software engineer: Develop and maintain complex web apps with programming languages like Ruby, Java, and Python.Footnote 5
UI/UX designer: Create user interfaces and experiences that are accessible and intuitive.Footnote 6
While the end goal for all professionals in adaptive design is to enhance the user experience, their daily activities can differ. Whatever roles you choose, a strong skill set is important.
How to use adaptive design in your career
There are many ways to use adaptive design principles in your career. For example, developers can use adaptive designs to ensure their code and development practices provide a seamless user experience. They can also collaborate with designers to create adaptive web design templates and optimize designs for user comfort at any screen size. Even content creators can validate whether their content is optimized and accessible for all users. Marketing professionals can check whether their campaigns fit various screen resolutions.
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