About RWD

In 2010, Ethan Marcotte published his famous article on A List Apart called Responsive Web Design. The article was quickly followed by the Responsive Web Design Book, published by A Book Apart in 2011. In this book, Marcotte popularized the idea of using flexible grids and CSS media queries to build a single website that scales across mobile phones, tablets, desktop computers, televisions and everything in between.

Since then, Responsive Web Design has become not just a technical solution for web design - it’s an entire process that brings multiple disciplines together to form one product that works across multiple devices. The responsive design process includes user experience, content strategy, information architecture, visual design, HTML/CSS/JavaScript development, usability testing and technical testing.

RWD at Kent State

Kent State University's Responsive Web Design classes were designed with the goal of bringing together students from multiple disciplines from within the College of Communication and Information and giving them the skills they need to work with and become web designers. The classes are hands-on and encourage active learning. The class is constantly evolving, always integrating the latest advancements in design, development and user experience design.

We've made this information public with the hope that others will find it helpful when creating similar programs at their educational institutions.

Instructor: David Roll

David Roll joined the SLIS faculty in fall 2015 as a joint appointment with the School of Visual Communication Design. He earned his combined BS/MA degree from the Kent State University VCD program in 2007 and has worked as a graphic designer/art director and part-time instructor since. Before coming back to Kent State, David worked as a designer for The Discovery Channel in Silver Spring, MD and Epstein Design Partners in Cleveland, Ohio on a range of projects from print design and branding to interactive, motion,UI design and environmental graphics. Most recently he was the Manager and art director of the Cleveland State University Marketing department where he served as creative director of the graphic design team and focused his efforts on assisting the University with branding, environmental graphics and web/UI/application design.

David also taught graphic design and UI/UX/responsive design web development courses for Kent State and Cleveland State part-time before joining Kent State as a full-time faculty member. David splits his teaching assignment between the UXD and VCD programs, focusing on interaction and interface design and usability for the UXD program, and print, interactive, and branding for the VCD program.

You can learn more about David at his website, http://davidroll.com.