Screen resolutions 2014

Published on the 29 September 2014

Mobile and tablets made appear a lot of new resolutions. Though, we still need to improve interfaces for “normal” desktop and laptop computers. In order to design for an optimal resolution, I rely on W3C Schools screen resolutions statistics. And in order to always keep in mind how many people I am potentially degrading the experience for if I design bigger, I sticked the following table close to my sight.


Both tables show a list of screen resolutions. Left table displays ascending widths, and right table ascending heights. The % column states the percentage of users with that resolution, according to W3C Schools. The last column displays the percentage of population I offer an optimal design for.

In 2014, 1366 x 768 pixels is the most popular screen resolution, with 31% users. Though, designing for 1024 x 768 still allows to offer an optimal experience for 99% users. Increasing width to 1280 pixels make us exclude 7% users; increasing height to 800 pixels make us exclude 40% of the population.

No matter the temptations, I will keep design for a base of 1024 x 768 pixels for a while (starting with mobile and tablets resolutions of course.)