Responsive Web Design Tools, Techniques, Templates and Frameworks

Share:

The need for excessive on the go mobile browsing, and an excessive amount of devices now allow for a responsive web design corresponding with the website. Web designers and web developers today have to design websites that are functional across multiple screen resolutions. That means websites should be available for browsing on smartphones, tablets, netbooks, or standard monitors, without losing their screen resolution, according to the user’s screen size. Multiple viewing mediums have certainly made the job a tad more difficult for the modern web designer.

A responsive web design will ideally allow the website to be viewed and respond according to the medium that is being used to view it, so for example if a user is browsing the website on a 320px smartphone, or 768px or 1024px tablet, or a 1680px netbook or monitor, it will respond and look the same way. So, how do you go about designing a responsive web design? Well, designers today use fluid widths in percentages and ems, scalable images and adjustable layouts depending on the browser size, so the website will look and feel the same way if it is viewed on an iPhone, or iPad, or a laptop or a tablet or a computer monitor.

Go through following responsive web design tools, techniques, templates and frameworks and find out all about responsive web design.

Responsive Web Design Examples

Before you go through with tools, techniques, templates and frameworks we want you to look at these responsive web design examples.

Simon Collison

Simon Collison - Responsive Web Design

Andersson-Wise Architects

Andersson-Wise Architects - Responsive Web Design Layout

Food Sense

Food Sense

Naomi Atkinson

Naomi Atkinson - Responsive Web Layout

Forefathers Group

Forefathers Group - Responsive Web Inspiration

Spigot Design

Spigot Design - Responsive Web Design

Arrrrcamp Conference

Arrrrcamp Conference - Responsive Website

Splendid

Splendid - Responsive Web Design

El Sendero del Cacao

El Sendero del Cacao

Do Lectures

Do Lectures - Responsive Web Design

Naomi Atkinson Design

Naomi Atkinson Design - Responsive Website

Alsacréations

Alsacréations - Responsive Web Design

Tools and Techniques

Following are the tools and techniques that helps developing a responsive website a whole lot easier.

FitText

FitText makes font-sizes flexible. Use this plugin on your fluid or responsive layout to achieve scalable headlines that fill the width of a parent element.

FitText

Responsive Design Testing

Test your own site… type the url and hit enter.

Responsive Design Testing

Resize My Browser

It helps you to resize your browser window in a certain window size. You just need to click on the size you need and find out how your site look like. It doesn’t work in Chrome and Opera due to issues with “ResizeTo” event.

Resize My Browser

Fluid Grids

A fluid grid calculator to build your own fluid grid systems.

A Fluid Grid Calculator

Golden Grid System

A folding grid for responsive design.

Golden Grid System

Responsive Web Design Sketch Sheets

Responsive Web Design Sketch Sheets

Adobe Device Central CS5.5

Adobe® Device Central CS5.5 software simplifies the production of innovative and compelling content for mobile phones, tablets, and consumer electronic devices.

Adobe Device Central CS5.5

Templates and Frameworks

Following are very useful and handy responsive web design templates and frameworks.

Mobile Boilerplate

Mobile Boilerplate is your trusted template made custom for creating rich and performant mobile web apps. You get cross-browser consistency among A-grade smartphones, and fallback support for legacy Blackberry, Symbian, and IE Mobile. You get an offline caching setup for free, fast button clicks, a media query polyfill, and many common mobile WebKit optimizations waiting for you. Use Mobile Boilerplate to start your mobile webapp quickly and immediately benefit from community best practices.

Mobile Boilerplate

Skeleton

Skeleton is a small collection of CSS & JS files that can help you rapidly develop sites that look beautiful at any size, be it a 17″ laptop screen or an iPhone.

Skeleton - Responsive Web Design Templates and Frameworks

Hardboiled CSS3 Media Queries

These hardboiled CSS3 Media Queries are empty placeholders for targeting the devices and attributes.

Hardboiled CSS3 Media Queries

Tiny Fluid Grid

The happy & awesome way to build fluid grid based websites.

Tiny Fluid Grid

FluidGrids

A CSS framework for rapid interactive prototyping.

FluidGrids

Less Framework

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.

Less Framework

CSS Grid

The 1140 grid fits perfectly into a 1280 monitor. On smaller monitors it becomes fluid and adapts to the width of the browser.

CSS Grid

inuit.css

inuit.css is built to work on smaller screens (such as tablets) and tiny screens (such as phones) straight out of the box with minimal effort.

inuit.css

Flurid

A cross-browser CSS grid framework that doesn’t hide pixels in margins!

Flurid

320 and Up

‘320 and Up’ prevents mobile devices from downloading desktop assets by using a tiny screen’s stylesheet as its starting point.

320 and Up

Articles and Publications

Following are concept-level discussions of responsive web design that will help you understand better about responsive web design.

A Brief Overview of Responsive Design

A very useful article by 1st Web Designer that helps you understand what is responsive web design and how you can achieve this.

A Brief Overview of Responsive Design

Understanding the Elements of Responsive Web Design

A very useful article to understand the elements of responsive web design by six revisions which covers flexible grid, flexible images, and media queries.

Understanding the Elements of Responsive Web Design

Responsive Web Design: What It Is and How To Use It

This introduction to responsive design from Smashing Magazine covers the basic concept, as well as practical concerns for creating responsive designs.

Responsive Web Design: What It Is and How To Use It

Responsive Web Design

This article guides you with best practical practices and techniques that are behind responsive web design.

Responsive Web Design

Beginner’s Guide to Responsive Web Design

Introduction to responsive web design including fluid grids and media queries.

Beginner’s Guide to Responsive Web Design

CSS3 Media Queries

You can have one stylesheet for large displays and a different style sheet specifically for mobile devices. Continue with this post to read the tutorial and see some websites that make good use of media queries.

CSS3 Media Queries

Experimenting With Responsive Web Design

A simple overview of responsive design, particularly media queries and some responsive web design examples.

Experimenting With Responsive Web Design

Designing for a Responsive Web

This articles covers three aspects of responsive web, such as fluid grid, fluid images, and media queries.

Designing for a Responsive Web

 

The Design Work

This blog is dedicated to sharing creative and inspirational resources for Graphics, Web Design, Inspiration, Photography, Video Production, Tutorials and WordPress. You can connect with us on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest or follow us on Twitter.

You may also like...

  • web design

    Really interesting article. A great collection of responsive
    web designs tools.Responsive design continues to get a lot of attention and is
    remarkably different from traditional designing in terms of technical and
    creative issues.Thank you so much for this fine piece of quality content.