Full day training course offered at Usability Week London

Scaling User Interfaces

Usability for Responsive Web Design and Other Approaches to Designing Websites for Multiple Devices

Your website cannot be designed only for a desktop experience. But designing purely for mobile phones is just as bad. In today’s multi-device world customers access the same site on smartphones, tablets, or desktop computers and expect the user experience to be optimized for them right now, on whatever platform they’re currently using. So how do you make a website that is usable, no matter what device your customer has in front of them?

Whether you’re using responsive design (RWD) or creating variations of your site for different devices, you need to know what’s important when adapting designs for different device sizes, screen sizes, input styles, output styles, and context of use. What content makes sense? How should navigation change across different screens? What should be the same and what should be different?

In this day-long seminar we discuss design similarities and differences across platforms and analyze the usability of many popular responsive-design patterns.

What We Don't Cover

The seminar is presented from a user-experience angle: that is, how to design what users see and do. We do not discuss implementation, such as the coding techniques that may be used to make a computer run these designs.

Companion Course

Mobile User Experience is a companion course to Scaling User Interfaces. Each course can be taken independently. Mobile User Experience covers:

  • Best practices for creating user-friendly mobile interfaces for phones and tablets
  • Apps versus websites
  • Considerations for touchscreen designs


Amy Schade

Amy Schade works with clients large and small in a variety of industries such as telecommunications, e-commerce, government, travel, automotive, music, publishing, banking, non-profit and education, including extensive work on corporate intranets. She has conducted worldwide user research, including longitudinal studies, remote studies and eyetracking research, running studies in the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia and Australia. Read more about Amy