Our screens are the same but our eyes are different
Answered => “Have people started designing for 1280 instead of 1024 yet?” on Quora.
Pardon me but can I inject a contrarian thought? Perhaps the question should be: “Should people start designing for 1280 instead of 1024?”
If I eat on a plate that is approximately 11″ in diameter, does that mean I have to consume meals (read: content) that fills the whole plate, just because it’s there? Call me crazy, but I would think not.
The question is not, how much screen space do people have. The question is, how much info/content can they (read: the human brain) reasonably consume? Yes, web designers play (masturbate?) with pixels and colors all day and thus become adjusted to a certain information consumption environment. Therefore, just because you and I have the same screen resolution does not mean we see the screen – and its contents – in the same way.
I’m not saying 1280 or beyond is wrong. I’m only suggesting that just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.
Alright then…bring on the downvotes :)