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Mat Marquis Talks Responsive Images

Mat Marquis


The Past, Present, and Future of Responsive Images

We’ve been holding onto this one for a little bit to see how Bocoup’s Mat Marquis’ (@wilto) predictions during BDConf Nashville, on the future of responsive images would start to play out. Let us know your thoughts and enjoy!

The goal of a “responsive images” solution is to deliver an image ideally suited to the end user’s ever-changing context, rather than serving the largest potentially necessary image to everyone. Unfortunately, this hasn’t proven to be quite so simple in practice as it seems to be in theory. Small screens should get smaller images, sure, and large screens should get larger ones. Naturally, only high-resolution displays should qualify for high-resolution images, but what if that user has limited bandwidth available? Would the low-resolution image be preferable—and at what point? Explore the path to a standardized solution, look at some of the proposals that will be shaping our future work; and learn techniques we can use to start saving our users’ bandwidth today.

Mat “Wilto” Marquis is a designer-slash-developer working at Filament Group in Boston. Mat is a member of the jQuery Mobile team, technical editor at A List Apart, and an active member of the open source community. He’s probably flipping out about something on Twitter as we speak.

See what’s happening at the next BDConf in Washington, DC – October 22-23 2015.