Responsive design with “switch to desktop site” option

In my latest responsive design creation, I wanted to follow Jakob Nielsen’s guidelines and allow mobile users to have easy access to the full desktop site, if desired. This is relatively straightforward to do if you have a CMS, but a static site has to be a bit more creative.

Here’s the solution I came up with. It uses JavaScript, a small browser cookie, and that magical tool no web developer should be without, Modernizr. Continue reading Responsive design with “switch to desktop site” option

Pascal Studio

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(Update: This temporary site has now been removed and the URL redirects to the main Pascal pour Elle site. The original site can still be seen at pascal-studio.impactcsg.com)

The sequel to Pascal pour Elle, this is a new salon by the same owner opening in Chicago’s Bucktown neighborhood. The site is (currently) pretty minimal, serving as more of a brochure than a source of information, and is somewhat heavy with large images and Google fonts. But I’m still happy with how it turned out.

Village of Riverwoods, Illinois

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Every now and then, when things get slow at work, I look for an existing site on the server that needs its code updated and rebuild it. Same design, with a few minor or largely hidden changes, but using minimal HTML5 and lots of CSS. Last week, the Village of Riverwoods, Illinois got picked out for an under-the-hood makeover.

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