Notre Dame & responsive design

I’m back again to bang my responsive design drum  … this time to share a really interesting blog post about the University of Notre Dame site:

Delivering an Amazing Site on Every Device: Notre Dame Edition

There’s lots to mull over in the article, but I specifically want to highlight that in the last two years, they’ve seen a 900% increase in traffic to their mobile site … and, over the same time period, a 500% increase in mobile traffic to their main site. Even with that increase, mobile traffic constitutes only 5% of visits to their main site overall – it seems like a no-brainer to me that we are only going to see the proportion of mobile traffic grow and grow, what with all the tablets and smartphones flooding the market.

Notre Dame: mobile trafficWhile the Libraries’ mobile site has yet to see that kind of increase, the statistics on mobile visits to the Libraries’ main site show an increase of about the same proportion as ND saw – since February 2010, mobile traffic to libraries.iub.edu has increased by approximately 550% … and mobile traffic makes up about a percent and a half of our overall site visits. Plenty of room for growth!

Watch this space for some news relating to the Libraries’ mobile site in the near future. In the meantime, we’re always interested to hear your thoughts and comments on responsive design, ideas for our mobile site, or would love it if you have other examples of responsive sites you’d like to share with us.

Author- Courtney Greene McDonald

Former Head, Discovery & User Experience department. File under: librarian. See also: nerd.