willspring55, October 21, 2013
By D Mekss
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.
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.
Gridless is an optionated HTML5 and CSS3 boilerplate for making mobile first responsive, cross-browser websites with beautiful typography.
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
‘320 and Up’ prevents mobile devices from downloading desktop assets by using a tiny screen’s stylesheet as its starting point.
FitText makes font-sizes flexible. Use this plugin on your fluid or
responsive layout to achieve scalable headlines that fill the width of a
The mediaQuery bookmarklet gives a visual representation of the current viewport dimensions and most recently fired media query.
A quick and easy way to test a website design in multiple screen widths.
A collection of inspirational websites using media queries and responsive web design.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This is a great tutorial written by Elaine Simpson, going into great
detail and giving a great process to follow when going about a
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This is a solid offering by Christian Vasile at introducing those new to this topic, while also doing it in a brief manner.