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By: Christine Austin on June 26th, 2017

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8 Awesome Examples of Effective Mobile Web Design

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Mobile websites have begun to look, work, and perform better than ever as we have progressively begun to consider various device sizes in our designs.

The restrictive nature of mobile has forced marketers, designers, and developers to consider the implications of specific functionality on smaller screen sizes.

This allows the best responsive to separate themselves and stand out as amazing examples of excellently executed mobile web design.

Research has shown that 91% of all mobile users have their mobile devices within reach 24/7.  That is a constant opportunity for your business to make a positive impression on its prospects.

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In order to ensure your website is making a positive impact, make sure you consider mobile functionality as you brainstorm desktop designs for it. Recognize the most important information and what elements can be removed to lighten the experience when browsing on mobile.

Some experts even advocate for a mobile first approach but warn that there are some pros and cons to the technique.

The goal is to make your pages engaging and user-friendly, without overstuffing them with too much functionality and information.

If you are looking for some ideas on how to develop an effective mobile web design, consider taking a look at a few of these companies’ mobile sites.

1. Abercrombie & Fitch

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Abercrombie & Fitch uses a basic color palette combined with beautiful photography to draw the user's eyes to the products, rather than the elements of the site.

The simplicity of the homepage presents the user with clear options to begin shopping, which is the main purpose of the web page.  The promotion/advertisement bar at the top of the page is also a great addition to encourage action and draw attention to sales.

For their mobile navigation, Abercrombie & Fitch keeps all their clothing options and categories under their mobile menu. Arrows signify whether or not there are more options under each item.

Each individual item is displayed on a clean page that allows you to easily find important details, and the big “Add to Bag” button is the most noticeable element on the page. Other important information, such as shipping details and clothing specs, are kept under accordion-style dropdowns to shorten the page and gives the user the option to access it if need be.

By keeping a monochromatic style and minimizing design elements, Abercrombie has allowed their clothing to stand out as the main attraction. After all, it's there product they want you focusing on, not the site's mobile web design. 

2. Booking.com

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Booking.com gets right to the point on their mobile homepage which allows the user to easily begin searching for a hotel or room in your specified area. By choosing yellow as the background color, the user's attention is immediately drawn to the form with a clear call-to-action at the bottom of the section.

The search itself is about as detailed as you would expect but in a very functional mobile format.  Each hotel includes pictures, ratings, and pricing information. There's even a sorting option to further narrow down what you’re looking for.

Once you click on one of the choices, you are met with more extensive details about the location and options to change any of the information you initially searched with. To create further incentive to buy, there's a small red bubble that tells you if others are also looking at the same hotel.

The amount of information that booking.com was able to pack into theirs sites mobile web design without sacrificing its visual appeal is extremely impressive. 

3. Texas Roadhouse

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Texas Roadhouse does a great job of encouraging users to find a location nearest to them to visit. Rather than using scrolling banner ads like many other sites, Texas Roadhouse opts for a single image that improves loading time and supplements their call-to-action. Their slider gives them the option to add multiple banners while keeping the page short and concise.

There isn't a large amount of excess information on the sites mobile web design, which really helps to keep the customer focused.  As a restaurant, the most important information is what you serve and your locations, and Texas Roadhouse really nails those points. Their navigation allows users to easily navigate through their menu options and read information about each choice.

Their website also loaded the fastest out of all of the mobile sites listed here, which is extremely important if your stomach is growling and you just want to find where to grab a steak!

4. Klondike Bar

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What would you do for a Klondike Bar?  Would you drive around town searching for a store that sells your favorite type?  If you would, more power to you, but Klondike Bar’s mobile website really helps you cut down on your search time.

Their site allows you to quickly browse their products using the variety of calls-to-action seen on the home page or using the mobile menu which lists their product categories. They even give you the option to look for stores that sell their products so you don’t need to worry about trying to guess where they’re sold.

Beyond providing store locations and nutritional information for their products, Klondike also has multiple engagement opportunities for users who just want to indulge in different content. They have a couple different unique marketing videos to view on their “Watch This!” page to facilitate this.  

You may have been surprised to hear Klondike even has a mobile website, but they did a great job with designing it to make sure you don’t have to do much to get a Klondike Bar.

5. Dove Men + Care

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Dove Men + Care is another mobile web design that really focuses on simplicity to improve functionality.  Although there is minimal navigation on the homepage, Dove effectively uses images to increase engagement and drive people towards partiular products. Dove Men's product-focused approach is carried throughout the website via promotional videos and extras that can be found throughout the homepage and the hamburger navigation

Where Dove Men really excels is how they segment their products into specific categories with individual pages. Utilizing the homepage to promote these product pages makes it easy for users to scroll and click immediately into the products they are researching. The large blue buttons in each section also allow the call to actions to stand out and make it easy for mobile users to click. 

Large buttons may not seem groundbreaking, but it allows a user to truly view a page with one hand, which is great for on-the-go mobile users.

6. Hidden Valley

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When arriving to hidden valleys website, I was surprised I wasnt presented with an immedate array of hidden valley products and specials. Instead, it was recipies and blog articles that took over the top of the homepage. 

The greatest aspect of the Hidden Valley mobile website that separates it from the rest is its content.  Hidden Valley has highly detailed recipe and product information that gives you ideas for all different types of cuisines that incorporate its products.  Essentially, Hidden Valley’s website is a tool that you can use for great dinner ideas that will still benefit the Hidden Valley brand.

Each recipe and product page includes pictures and reviews, and it almost makes you think that you are on a different website altogether. The use of Hidden Valley products and the page design holds these recipes together with the product, so it ultimately becomes an added benefit of the website.

If you find yourself in love with Hidden Valley dressings, they even have a swag store. I mean, what's not to love about salad dress? Every salad lover knows ranch dressing is a blessing. 

7. Mountain Dew

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Mountain Dew’s mobile web design takes a completely different approach than all of the other sites in this list, but still created an effective experience. There page is very busy, but matches the high energy feel that the Mountain Dew brand encourages. The main hero area typically advertizes a experience thats high adrenaline and meant to engage users in unique ways.  

What really separates Mountain Dew from the pack is their mobile menu. Rather than sticking to the top of the screen, the hamburger bar is located at the bottom of the page which changes the content above when you click on it. This allows them push the pages closer to the top of the device viewport, rather than being bothered with a navbar immediately.

The options at the bottom of the homepage gives users options to learn about the products Mountain Dew offers while seeing the advertising campaigns they are attached to.

8. Adidas

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Adidas’s mobile web design includes a variety of the elements already mentioned here, but does so in such a way that mimics their desktop website. The banner ads include engaging images that contain large buttons that link to current promotions or specific product information. Adidas has a nice balance of interesting content and simplistic design which makes their homepage very clean.

Adidas also does a nice job of extending their home page to include product categories users can filter through. Rather than using the mobile menu, you can search for a specific product category right on the home page to get you to the product you want quicker.

Like Abercrombie, the site also allows vibrant images to attract the user's eyes on their product pages and the most attention is brought to their large “Add to Bag” button to get users to purchase their products.

Takeaway

Hopefully one or more of these websites have provided you with some inspiration for how to design, or revamp, your mobile website. Just remember to keep things simple when designing your website. Include only what is necessary while giving your page a welcoming feel. A mobile website is a necessity in this day and age, so make sure yours is adding to your business rather than detracting from it.

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About Christine Austin

As the front-end web designer/developer for IMPACT, Christine uses her knowledge to help create dynamic visual and interactive solutions. Her attention to detail, innovative skills, and passion for anything UX drives her to constantly learn and improve. In her off time, Christine enjoys doing anything involving yoga, watching cat videos on youtube, or dabbling in fine art.

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