[thelist] Screen Resolution, which to design for?

Ben Joyce ben.joyce at gmail.com
Tue Jan 16 02:13:22 CST 2007

I use a dual display, a 24" running at 1600x1200 and a laptop at the
same res, I never run browsers maximized - what's the point?  All that
screen real-estate obscured... nasty.  I tend to run browsers at
1024x768 or 1280x1024, websites seem to fit in them rather nicely :)

On 1/16/07, Kimberley Rivero <kimberley.rivero at gmail.com> wrote:
> I have always had large monitors.  And I have never, ever had the
> habit of maximizing my browser window.  I detest having the browser
> take over my whole huge monitor.  I have a large monitor precisely
> because I want to be able to have 10 applications open at once and
> click around between them easily.  It's chaotic visually but it's what
> I like.
> I also disagree that columns of text should be coded so that they are
> of a fluid width.  When an area of text gets wider than a certain
> point, about 500 pixels wide with my set up, that text gets hard for
> me to read.  As a designer I feel I have a responsibility to deliver
> readable, and relatively narrow columns of text to my users.
> I see why Nielsen and other usability experts call for fluid designs,
> since a pixel to me is not the same amount of real-world space as it
> is to you.  But I cannot support letting a column of text get so wide
> that it becomes difficult to read.  Making things easy to read is 95%
> of what my job as a web designer is.  The rest, the graphic design and
> the fancy layout and the bells and whistles is all extra.
> Using the web is primarily about reading content and we need to make
> it as easy on our users as possible to do that.
> Ironically I find Jakob Nielsen's UseIt site to be difficult to read.
> His columns are too wide, imho.
> - Kim
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