One of the most difficult challenges facing a web designer is screen resolution. Unlike print design, we have no set dimensions, no guarantee how our designs will be seen by the end user. They could be using an 800 x 600 display, or have only have a 16-bit color depth.
And while there are ways to design for some of these more specific scenarios, oftentimes our projects’ budget or timeline simply won’t allow it.
As screen resolution averages are getting bigger and bigger (over 50% with 1280px width or larger), designers will be given more options. However, larger screens don’t always mean maximized browsers. Many users find it more comfortable to keep multiple windows open at once. So until then, our safe bet will still be the 960px - 1000px standard.
How do you see it?
What I find interesting is the vast difference between a designer’s display specifics and the general public’s. For example, while Internet Explorer still has a large 44% market share, barely 7% of this site’s visitors are using IE.
So how do you see the web? Let me know in the comments below. Please format your response thusly:
- Operating System
- Browser [Version]
- Maximum Screen Resolution
- Do you maximize your browser to fill the screen?
- Your profession
January 09 Browser Statistics
January 09 Display Resolution (width) Statistics