Last updated March 5, 2020

Responsive web design, originally defined by Ethan Marcotte in A List Apart, is a set of design approaches and development best practices that ensures that a web design accommodates, adapts, or responds to the many types and sizes of devices a person may use to view a web site. A responsive web design approach can apply to layouts, font sizes, and images.

Example tasks

  • Provide different layouts for different device size ranges
  • Ensure that your site's font size is readable across all devices
  • Provide different image sizes or sources for different layouts or device attributes


While the principles of responsive web design are fairly well-established, new approaches, tools, and Drupal modules and themes continue to emerge. The other consideration is browser compatibility. Some approaches or techniques may require a polyfill to ensure backward-compatibility. At this time, our Drupal 8 responsive web design tutorials focus on responsive images.

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The primary skill you will learn going through the following tutorials is how to implement responsive image styles in a Drupal 8 web site.


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