A Case for RESS

On the new ND.edu we used a combination of server-side detection, media queries and javascript to determine content. We made the decision that not all content needed to be initially loaded for mobile devices, and instead made it available through top-level navigation. This allowed us to drastically reduce the amount of resources that are initially downloaded and the result is a very fast mobile experience. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so I’ll leave you with an image of the site on a phone next to a 70″ display and some stats.

Large screens: 136 requests  ❘  3.00MB ** Mobile phone:** 23 requests  ❘  291.94KB

ND.edu on an iPhone and 70" monitor