In the hopes that I might stem the tide of these hot takes, a bit of advice for anyone who wants to write about this:
- Don’t point to a problematic responsive design implementation and suggest that its flaws signify the failure of the entire technique. Tim Kadlec covered this nicely in Blame the Implementation, Not the Technique.
- Don’t pit responsive and adaptive solutions against each other, as if the need for adaptive solutions in some (limited) situations means the failure of responsive web design. They can and should work together, as Livia Labate covered in Responsive versus Adaptive is Not A Thing.
- Don’t argue that responsive design may harm conversion rates without also citing data that shows that it improves conversion rates. Econsultancy reported on 14 brands that increased conversion rates via responsive design, saying:
I have yet to hear about a decline in conversion rates following the roll-out of a responsive site. In fact, I only ever hear amazing things.