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Responsive Design vs Adaptive Design

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Senthil P. and 3 others


Responsive Design is a burning hot technique in the world of front-end development. It is an incredible goal to strive for. Imagine all devices pulling the same information from one code base, to be presented in the best way possible based on their specific interface requirements.

But is this goal achievable? Are the tradeoffs acceptible?

For this Meetup we bring in expert front-end engineers and UX designers to debate the advantages and disadvantages of Responsive Design compared to more device-targeted approaches, often called adaptive design or progressive enhancement.

UPDATE: The discussion will be recorded and posted to this meetup announcement once the video is ready.


Thursday October 10th, starting at 6pm.

6:00 - Doors open. Eat. Drink. And socialize with fellow programmers and designers.

6:30 - Introductions and welcome talk.

6:45 - Topic discussion by panelists, with Q&A session

7:45 - Closing announcements followed by social hour


Hashtag: #GreatWebDebates

Meet our panelists:

Bill Scott

Bill Scott is the Sr. Director of UI Engineering at PayPal. In a past life he co-created one of the first successful Macintosh games (GATO, 1985), built & designed wargaming interfaces for NATO, led user experience teams (Sabre, Meebo), co-wrote one of the first Ajax/JavaScript frameworks (OpenRico), managed user interface engineering organizations (Netflix, PayPal) and published a design pattern library (Yahoo!). Bill is also a frequent speaker at conferences & workshops worldwide as well as the co-author of the O'Reilly book Designing Web Interfaces. Follow Bill's tweets @billwscott and his ramblings on

Jan Borgersen

Jan manages the UI Engineering team at Zazzle, where he helped build a rich web platform that grew the Zazzle business from a bootstrapped startup to the leading global marketplace for customized products. In 2013, he led the UI Engineering efforts behind Zazzle's redesign, which updated the website's markup to HTML5, CSS3, and a Responsive, Mobile-First implementation.

Eric Dorf

Eric Dorf, BFA, DMBA, is a Lead Sr. UX/UI designer at Autodesk and a Mobile UX/UI Design Lecturer at UCSC. He is an active speaker in the mobile design community and has an MBA in Design Strategy from CCA. He has worked with some of the world's brightest and most influential organizations (both large and small) in the design of mobile, cloud, social and web service products that are attractive, creative and above all, simple.

Senthil Padmanabhan

Senthil is a Principal Engineer and Frontend Lead for the Buyer Experience team at eBay. He specializes in Frontend Architecture and Web Performance and is an active advocate of HTML5 and web standards. He is the creator of Yahoo Mail Cache Warmer, Data URI Sprites & SPOFCheck tool. Senthil frequently blogs at under the Software Engineering category and can be found at twitter via @senthil_hi (

Renato Iwashima

Renato is a full-stack engineer who has been working at Yahoo for 5 years contributing to internal platforms, homepage and media verticals. He is now developing the next generation framework that address common challenges for large scale websites.


Moderated by Lyle Troxell (Web Engineer and Developer Advocate @ WakandaDB; Host of GeekSpeak, a technology radio show in Santa Cruz)

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