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


(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

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


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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