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 has expertise in mobile platform development and in guiding strategy and technical implementation on mobile and interactive projects—capitalizing on the significant cultural shift toward mobility—to make projects available anytime, anywhere, on any device.

    Mr. Vanderlan has worked with various clients, including AIDS.gov, in developing one of the first responsively-designed websites in the U.S. federal government, and he has contributed to the Mobile Community of Practice at GSA by speaking on mobile application development, performance testing, and mobile user experience. He has also spoken at events like SXSW Interactive, Mobile Health 2011, and the mHealth Summit.

Insight Details

Published: Oct 26, 2012

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