May 30, 2013

Tools to Create Responsive Web Designs

The entire process of developing a responsive web design can be a bit tricky if the correct approach is not followed. However, there are certain tools available that can lessen the difficulty. With such exponential growth of smart phone and tablet usage, most savvy web developers are opting to develop responsive web designs to keep up. Responsive web designs save a lot of money, time and effort. It offers benefits like easy usability and longevity.

To design any website, the first step is to jot down all the ideas that come to mind. Then, finalize the right placement of all the necessary elements required to develop a particular web page. To make the process a lot easier, there are certain tools that can be of help. Have a look at some of them:

Responsive wireframes
This is probably the best place to start. It allows the user to learn about the stacking process of responsive elements in particular layouts. It also helps determine those particular areas of the layout that will be given the most emphasis when working with different devices.

This tool was developed by Adobe's James Mellers. It offers both mobile as well as desktop varieties of wireframe mock-ups that include guided entry, homepage, promo entry, comparison page and product detail. There is a toggle button at the upper right corner of the tool’s home page. When the button is clicked, it will highlight examples on the changes that different elements of a common page will go through as per the device being used for viewing.

Multi device layout patterns
This tool was developed by notable designer Luke Wroblewski. It offers a wide number of examples on which responsive layout to choose, based on a site's existing content. This tool provides amazing help in the decision making process. Countless designs and patterns are available under five distinctive layouts, with details on the workings of these patterns and designs.

Wirefy
This is the best solution for designers who focus heavily on “content first”. Wirefy is elegant and simple in presentation. It allows the user to structure and plan the content properly. Fully functional wireframes can be used to display the workings and outlook of the newly developed responsive sites. Those who have a basic knowledge of CSS and HTML can benefit most from this tool, as a simple code editor is required to work with this tool.

Bootstrap
Developed by Twitter designers, Bootstrap is definitely one of the most popular tools for creating responsive web designs. It is intended to make the entire process of prototyping easy and painless. There is also a customized feature present. This feature can be used to pick and choose the different types of responsive elements present responsible for developing a page. Downloading prepared versions, and utilizing the JQuery plugins can make the process much simpler.

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