[thelist] Screen Resolution, which to design for?

Austin Harris austin at dotmail.co.uk
Mon Jan 15 05:14:52 CST 2007

Good point on the reading bit. You *MUST* know who the site is aimed at before making a decision!

I have done a site where the target audience are advertisers hiring a (top end) photographer. A high resolution was assumed, (along with high download speeds) to be able to show large photos. It does still work at low resolutions but you may not be able to see the whole image in one go.


On 15/01/07, Dawson Costelloe <costelloe at gmail.com> wrote:
> We're working on a new website for a client, and the question came up
> about which would be the best, or most commonly used screen resolution
> to design for. Some are saying, 1024x768, others 800x600, liquid
> designs came up and lots of other suggestions.

Very tough, http://www.useit.com/alertbox/screen_resolution.html.

There are a few other factors - are users going to do a lot of reading
on this site - or is mostly visual?  People often find narrow columns
with hardly more than a dozen words per line are more readable than a
maximized liquid layout on a large resolution display.


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