Our visitors increasingly access our sites through mobile devices, including both smartphones and tablets. Northeastern University is working towards making all websites “mobile friendly.” Responsive design principles are recommended for most Web projects, though in some cases a separate mobile site may be advisable, depending on the needs of the project and its intended audience.
Responsive design is a method by which a Web developer and designer may develop multiple layouts for a single set of content, using media queries or other techniques to determine which layout is most appropriate for a given device. Responsive design may increase the cost and complexity of a given project, but can dramatically improve mobile accessibility. The Office of Marketing and Communications Web department is in the process of creating basic responsive templates for small-scale Cascade and WordPress deployment.