Launched last month, Quartz, the Atlantic Media Company’s foray into mobile-first publication, has gone all-in on responsive design. Quartz debuted as part of a crop of new publications designed for the post-desktop era, rather than retrofitted for it, and early reviews on the design are mostly positive.
Quartz is more application-like. It has eschewed the standard Web grid layout in favor of non-standard navigation. It has two panes, a narrow list on the left side contains a running stream of headlines. The right pane contains the flow of content. The twist is that the content well is never-ending: One story leads to another. There’s no need for a back button.
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