Collection of Excellent Tools for Responsive Web Design
Responsive web design is no doubt the biggest trend right now. The term is related to the idea of developing a website so can fit to all screen resolutions. These days almost every client wants a mobile version of their website, and it is necessary if you think deeper: one design for iPhone, another one for BlackBerry, Ipad, Android and so on. In my opinion this will end the old practice of designing for mobile, no need to code another variant of your website and try to redirect users according to their device. You will have one website to rule them all!
In the Web Design field we are all affected by the new devices that regular appear. For a web designer, creating a version for each screen resolution and orientation will be difficult, or at least inefficacious. Responsive web design is the solution that solves all our problems. The procedure itself is benefits from flexible grids and layouts, images and a brilliant use of CSS media queries. If the user switches from let’s say laptop to iPhone, the website should automatically switch to adjust for resolution, image size and scripting abilities. In other words, the website should have some kind of AI to respond to the screen resolution. If we are talking about WordPress themes, it might be a solution to use plugins, but this will only solve part of problems.
One% CSS Grid is a 12 column fluid CSS grid system. It’s been designed as a base for building responsive web layouts easily, quickly and with minimum effort. You don’t have to take care of resizing and rearanging your layout for each platform separatelly. One% CSS Grid will do all this for you.
The Kube Framework is not an overblown responsive CSS framework with multiple layouts and styles, all you have with Kube is a single CSS file. That is were its beauty lies – in its simplicity. The framework also supplies LESS files for the gurus out there who enjoy pre processing.
A super simple, responsive framework designed to work for mobile devices, tablets, netbooks and desktop computers.
CSSHórus is a CSS framework for easy and fast development of responsive and mobile websites. It contains 16 grid columns and basic style formats (Resets, Basics, Typography, Lists, Links, Table, Form, Button) for your web project.
HTML5 Blank Theme is a WordPress shell for deploying your next project on. It’s not just a clean slate to develop with, it’s a lean foundation that includes various tools, functions and setups to get any WordPress theme developer deployed and coding within minutes. It’s feature list is extensive and impressive, ranging from HTML5 and CSS3 setups, to built-in WordPress functions, mobile/responsive ready, time-saving tools and much more.
Neat is a simple grid framework built on top of Sass and Bourbon using em units and golden ratios. Using Sass 3.2 block mixins, this framework makes it extremely easy to build responsive layouts. Using the breakpoint() mixin, you can change the number of columns in the grid for each media query and store these values in project-wide variables to DRY up your code.
Sleek, intuitive, and powerful front-end framework for faster and easier web development.
Less Framework is a CSS grid system for designing adaptive websites. It contains 4 layouts and 3 sets of typography presets, all based on a single grid. The goal of Less Framework is to make building websites with multiple layouts efficient, and to make the layouts feel consistent.
The recently released 1140px Grid Framework has been designed to fit perfectly with a 1280px screen and becomes fluid for smaller screens and beyond a certain point it uses media queries to serve up a mobile version. The actual grid consists of twelve columns, evenly divided by either two, three, four or six. It works with all major browsers, with the exception of IE6, which does not support max-width (it will span the full width of the browser).
Reverie Framework is an extremely versatile HTML5 WordPress framework based on ZURB’s Foundation, a powerful tool for building prototypes on any kind of devices. Reverie follows HTML5 Boilerplate standard and is hNews microformat ready. It is optimized for Search Engine while at the same time improve readability.
Web Applications and Tools for Responsive Web Design
Viewport Resizer is a browser-based tool to test any website’s responsiveness by building yourown bookmarklet. All. you have to do is go to the page you want to test, click on your created bookmarklet and check all kinds of screen resolutions of the page.
Responsivator is a web-based app were you can paste in the URL of any page and see how it looks at various screen resolutions.
UberMenu is a user-friendly, highly customizable, responsive Mega Menu WordPress plugin. It works out of the box with the WordPress 3 Menu System, making it simple to get started but powerful enough to create highly customized and creative mega menu configurations.
RoyalSlider for WordPress is a cross-device jQuery content slider with touch-based navigation and responsive layout. It has user-friendly admin area where you can manage slides, change slider settings, customize interface and add blocks-captions using custom WYSIWIG editor.
This is a well configured slider with a lot of image and text sublayers and also an embedded video. Try to resize your browser – it is responsive of course with all the images, text and video!
This pack of CSS3 Pricing Tables is a complete solution for building awesome tables in minutes. It comes with 6 color variants as well as 2 table variants (light or dark).
Enrich your website experience with ThumbFx, a jQuery animation plugin that brings your images and content to life. Create unique animated effects effortlessly without any knowledge of jQuery. All effects are responsive and adapt perfectly for all device resolutions like mobiles, tablets and desktops.
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