Ultimate Guide to Responsive Web Design Stunning Tools and Examples

by daan on February 23, 2012

in Design, Software, Tutorial, Webdesign

Ultimate Guide to Responsive Web Design Stunning Tools and Examples

It is estimated that within two years mobile internet users will overtake the desktop internet users. The rapid advancement of mobile internet has enabled more and more people to use their mobile device as a primary web browsing tool. What does it mean for web development? Well, the usual development for just a couple of screen resolutions is already dying out.

Mobile is the new trend and most of the businesses are recognizing it. Having a fluid and responsive website will not only make you cooler, it’s the new way of increasing conversions and engaging your visitors.

Not sure where to start? Responsive design might not be as big a mystery as you’ve imagined it. Indeed, there are frameworks and plugins that will make it much easier for you to create responsive designs. Check out useful tools for creating responsive web design as well as 34 stunning examples of responsive web design.

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Tools

1. Less Framework 4

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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.

2. Gridless

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Gridless is an optionated HTML5 and CSS3 boilerplate for making mobile first responsive, cross-browser websites with beautiful typography.

3. Mobile Boilerplate

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Mobile Boilerplate is your trusted template made custom for creating rich mobile web apps. You get cross-browser consistency among A-grade smartphones, and fallback support for legacy Blackberry, Symbian, and IE Mobile.

4. Skeleton

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5. 320 and up

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

6. Fittext

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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.

7. Media Query Bookmarklet

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The mediaQuery bookmarklet gives a visual representation of the current viewport dimensions and most recently fired media query.

8. Responsive testing

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A quick and easy way to test a website design in multiple screen widths.

9. Media Queries

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A collection of inspirational websites using media queries and responsive web design.

10. inuit.css

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Inuit.css is a CSS framework built to work on small screens. Inuit.css has a custom grid system builder for creating fixed or fluid grid system igloos.

11. PhotoSwipe

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PhotoSwipe is a free HTML/CSS/JavaScript based image gallery specifically targeting mobile devices.

12. Adapt.js

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Adapt.js is a lightweight JavaScript file that determines which CSS file to load before the browser renders a page.

13. Adaptive Images

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Adaptive Images detects your visitor’s screen size and automatically creates, caches, and delivers device appropriate re-scaled versions of your web page’s embedded HTML images. No mark-up changes needed.

Tutorials

We know that not everyone learns through reading, for some its all about actually getting up and doing it. That is why below, we are going to take a look at some good tutorials on responsive web design for those just itching to start playing with it.

1. Responsive Design with CSS3 Media Queries via Web Designer Wall

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Media queries are the backbone of responsive web design, and this function of CSS3 will definitely up your ante if you’re familiar with. In this tutorial, Nick La does a great job of introducing and explaining media queries while offering a tutorial for using them.

2. Fluid Images via Unstoppable Robot Ninja

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The early adopters of responsive web design were mostly text-based sites, with very few images. This is easy to understand because the one question a lot of people had that made them wary about this new practice was how images would render. Well after going through this article by Ethan Marcotte, you won’t be one of the latter.

3. How To Design a Mobile Responsive Site via UX Booth

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This is a great tutorial written by Elaine Simpson, going into great detail and giving a great process to follow when going about a responsive design.

4. Responsive Data Tables via CSS Tricks

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Data tables are an important aspect of showing results, or grouped information on a website. With this tutorial, you’ll learn how you can keep this aspect with style.

More Tutorials

How To Use CSS3 Media Queries To Create a Mobile Version of Your Website via Smashing Magazine

Context Aware Image Sizing via Filament Group

Awesome Tutorials To Master Responsive Web Design via Cats Who Code

Experimenting With Responsive Design via Lee Munroe

Optimizing your email for mobile devices with the @media query via Campaign Monitor

Publications

Trying to learn new material is always hard when first starting out, which is why having great written work on the subject is a great way of easing the learning curve. That is why before going any further, we’re going to take a look at some very useful books and blog articles on responsive design.

1. Responsive Web Design By Ethan Marcotte

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It is only right to start off our listing of great resources on responsive web design with this thoroughly detailed book written by Ethan Marcotte. In this book, Ethan guides an exploration of understanding and appreciated what is responsive web design. Honestly, this book very well may be all you need.

2. Responsive Web Design: What Is It and How To Use It via Smashing Magazine

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This article written by Kayla Knight for Smashing Magazine is probably the best, at the very least one of the best, published articles in the blogosphere on responsive web design. This will give you a good explanation of what exactly responsive web design is, how it works, and how you’ll leave knowing some cool ways of implementing it.

3. Beginner’s Guide to Responsive Web Design via Think Vitamin

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If you’re looking for something informative, and more so straight to the point, as a good introduction to responsive web design then Nick Pettit wrote the article for you. Nick did a good job at offering a very easy to follow explanation of responsive web design for the less experienced web designer or developer trying to get their feet wet in this new practice.

4. Introduction to Responsive Web Design via 1stwebdesigner

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This is a solid offering by Christian Vasile at introducing those new to this topic, while also doing it in a brief manner.

More Reading

Responsive Web Design via sitepoint

Responsive Web Design via A List Apart

Responsive Web Design Demystified via Elated

Seven Lessons Learned From Responsive Web Design via .Net Magazine

Responsive Web Design Techniques, Tools and Design Strategies

Inspiration

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