Basically, I like the design of Apple website and I would like to make something similar. Can anyone experienced offer some advice, maybe point me to some templates, etc? Any help is appreciated.
I'm not trying to be a 'smart-alec' and tell you to use Google, but I see a lot of info when I Google: responsive retina website
And I would have googled that if I knew that those search terms are associated with what I wanted to accomplish.
Originally Posted by mlseim
Knowing how to ask a question is the most important part in getting to the right answer. While I do know how to ask technical questions I am at a loss when it comes to web design trends. That is why I asked here for advice and why I was hoping for something more substantial than "Google it".
I agree. I always hate answering a post with "google it". That's why I attempted to downplay my response. Your original post though, is too hard to answer. Some responsive sites are real simple layouts, while others are really complicated and almost too much interaction.
A good way to start is by looking at someone else's code. You can download an HTML5, responsive template and upload the files into a directory on your website. Then, look at how it's done. Here's a place to find free templates:
The Retina part has to do with the resolution and quality of the graphics. I think it's most important to get the layout, structure, responsiveness figured out, and then deal with the high-resolution graphics.
EDIT: Also remember that Apple has spent millions of dollars on their website. They hire some of the best graphic artists in the world (I assume).
That is called responsive or HTML5, which is compatible for all smart phones.
You can get some more info over her about the responsive website designs, i hope this will help you http://goo.gl/ZHpFg
HTML 5 and responsiveness have absolutely nothing to do with each other. You’re randomly mixing two buzzwords here.
Originally Posted by logoonlinepros
Thanks everyone for the pointers.
I checked those templates, but most of them use heavy graphics and retarded backgrounds and are not really fast loaders. One or two that are easy on the eye have (IMO) retarded navigation. Furthermore, all of them are meant for static serving. Maybe I should check some CMS templates instead because after all my pages will be dynamically generated in PHP.
All in all, it seems my redesign task is going to be harder than I thought. Good thing I have no deadlines since it is a hobby project.