White Papers

The Responsive Baseline

A New Default

Categorized Under: IT Solutions, Management Consulting, Program Management + IT Management



In this white paper, ICF International's Jeremy Vanderlan highlights how responsive design provides a baseline for mobile going forward. It becomes the common experience—the ubiquitous “anytime, anywhere, on any device” ideal called for in the digital government strategy. Mobile has opened a new era, erasing barriers to access and providing a common platform that fits in a pocket. Government must recognize this change and resist becoming siloed and fragmented, chasing temporal technologies and operating systems that become obsolete within months rather than years. Programs that effectively manage the rate of change and build from a baseline are in the best position to capitalize on the mobile era.

The inclusion of responsive design in the broader digital government strategy is a call to a common standard, a new default for citizen engagement with government via the Internet—one that is sustainable, cost-effective, and universal. It requires a flexible approach to content and an emphasis on progressive enhancement.

Authored By

  • Jeremy Vandarlan

    Technical SpecialistICF International

    Jeremy Vanderlan serves as the Technical Lead and Content Management System expert for the AIDS.gov website sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

    He is the resident expert on mobile platform development and has represented AIDS.gov at high-visibility events and technical conferences, including the mHealth Summit hosted by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the New York Social Media Conference, and Mobile Health 2011. He gives presentations on the technical framework for mobile development on AIDS.gov.

Insight Details

Published: Oct 26, 2012

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