Me and @aarmitage had a little discussion about screen resolution in the office the other day and it’s kind of left me thinking – are we ever going to consistently design websites for screens larger then 1024×768 pixels?
Conventional wisdom as we progressed from 800×600 to 1024×768 was that as bigger screens became affordable and PC usage more common place home users would eventually gravitate to a 1920px width screen and so on so forth. However whilst all your designer mates might have large 1920px screens most home PCs are still 1024×768 and as such web designs are generally fitted to a 960px width to sit comfortably on this size screen. Add into the mix the growth of mobile internet and the announcement of the iPad and we’ve come full circle and are right back designing for smaller screens than ever.
So whilst you may design for designers on larger monitors and we will still have to consider where our background goes beyond the 1024px width will we ever find that a commonplace width for client sites or have we reached our widest “normal” width with our 960px wide site?
Will the transition of internet access from the desktop simply mean that we design more fluid sites and mobile alternatives instead, whilst still sticking to conventional widths?