While the aims and objectives of your mobile website design are likely to be identical to your intentions for a desktop website design, there are some essential characteristics that make mobile web design unique and that stems from the character of the mobile web. In this blog post, we will simply be pointing out the design elements unique to the mobile web and will leave more general web design out (there’s plenty of info abounding the rest of our blog on that).
Need for Space
Unlike developing for desktop, mobile design is far more limited for screen space, and this is the first and perhaps most fundamental difference between designing for mobile. It becomes essential to find new ways of saving space, and this might include basic changes such as using less media on your pages or making menus smaller. Going further, you can also take advantage of some mobile specific design traits, such as hidden menus that come in and out of view when needed.
Need for Speed
Next up, when designing for mobile, a particular effort must be made regarding page loading times. Unlike browsing using your home router, mobile browsing speeds can be far more varied but are somewhat slower. By building your website efficiently, with all unnecessary elements removed, you can make a big difference to your website speed.
Need for simplicity
This somewhat relates to the previous two points, but also encompasses the web design itself, too. In addition to minimising media, and heavy design elements, you should also keep colour schemes as neutral as possible, and menus as simple as can be when designing for mobile.
Need for finger-friendly design
Your mobile design is also unique in how it will be used, and one key difference is that your visitors will be using their fingers and thumbs to navigate around your site, rather than the more precise cursor or a mouse. The main implication of this is that you must ensure that all elements that need to be clicked on are large enough to be used with finger and thumb if not, this can become very frustrating.