22 Grid Tools for Responsive Websites.
By Yam Regev
Mar 12, 2015
When creating a responsive website, developers generally tend to use two things – flexible fluid grids, and responsive images. In order to generate these flexible fluid grids or templates, web designers require special apps commonly known as grid tools. Below readers can find a compilation of the most widely used and proven grid tools available right now.
Columnal is a remake of some other grid tools which were available earlier. The app features some new code for extra functionality and wider application. Columnal is great help for development of responsive website design as it makes grids flexible in order for them to change dynamically when the browser window is resized.
Skeleton is one of the most efficient and simple to use grid tools out there. A favorite to many web designers, the Skeleton does not require any Java Script heavy lifting, but only good CSS with clean documentation. Skeleton is considered a rapid development grid tool and works at a sub UI framework level which means the tools is able to accommodate whatever the website design in question.
3. Less Framework.
Less Framework is the predecessor grid tool of Frameless. Less Framework is a CSS grid tool for adaptive website design. The app features a number of pre-programmed layouts and typography pre-sets. All of these though are based on a single grid. This grid tool is also suitable for mobile device website design.
4. Semantic Grid System.
The Semantic Grid System is best used to create a website with responsive grid layouts. This grid tool used pre-programmed CSS extensions in order to deliver maximum efficiency. Developers can set the column and gutter width of their website design, as well as choose the particular number of columns and switch between pixel and percentage.
5. Golden Grid System.
The Golden Grid System tool is what’s known as fluid grid system, it acts as the starting point of any responsive website design. This grid tool is used to create a website with very good looking pages ranging from two hundred and forty to twenty five hundred pixels. Golden Grid System edits gutters, columns, baselines and scripts.
Gridpak is a relatively easy and straightforward grid tool to use. The app is used to create responsive website design templates quickly and efficiently. Intuitive to use, the Gridpak is also visually pleasant to work on. The app comes preloaded with one of each template types used to create a website, namely CSS, LESS, SCSS, PNG and Java.
7. The Grid / Foundation.
The Grid, also known as Foundation 5, is used to create powerful, multi-device website design, using a default twelve column nest table i.e. Foundation 5. The tool is very easy to use and web developers who know their way around grid systems will feel right at home with Foundation 5. The column nest table can be resized as per column width itself. The Grid is able to create complex layouts without including too many customised elements.
The Susy grid tool will help developers create a website with customized grids which are both powerful and highly reliable. Using the Susy to create custom grids will ensure a responsive website design. Responsiveness as a concept stretches throughout the website design and development process all the way down to end users and the Susy helps ensure efficiency and reliability.
9. The Responsive Calculator.
The Responsive Calculator is a grid tool which helps designers turn PSD pixels into actual responsive website design. The Responsive Calculator provides for super accuracy when developing different grid layouts. Most web designers find the Responsive Calculator to be very and efficient to use.
Gridless takes the boring bits out of website design! The Gridless tool provides developers with two boilerplate options HTML5 or CSS3. Gridless can be used to create cross-browser websites with excellent responsiveness, as well as beautiful typography. Since Gridless uses mobile first responsiveness, it adapts itself to the specific device screen width.
Bootstrap provides web developers with an extensive selection of excellent user interface elements, Java tools and layouts. In a nutshell, the Bootstrap can be described as a sleek, highly intuitive and powerful front-end framework tool for quicker, easier and more efficient website design.
13. Base Framework.
Base Framework is considered to be a very powerful but also simple to use grid tool. This particular tool is a responsive framework able to create a website design for all types of mobile devices and desktop computers. Base Framework is light and fast, the app comes preloaded with all the essential elements needed to create a website.
14. Bourbon Neat.
Bourbon Neat is a grid tool used to create lightweight semantic grid framework. The aim of the Bourbon Neat is to be basic enough to use straight out of the box, but to also be adapted and customized as needed down the road.
15. Grid Forms.
Grid Forms allows developers to create data entry forms for responsive websites. Grid Forms is a front-end boilerplate library. The tool handles the boilerplate necessary to create grid based forms. The idea of Grid Forms is to make frequent data entry more efficient.
Gumby is a SASS powered, flexible grid tool based on CSS Framework. Gumby creates rapid and logical website design layouts, as well as app prototypes. Since Gumby is SASS powered, developers will be using a fast, efficient and reliable grid tool. Gumby gives developers the ability to customize and built on top of existing framework.
17. Ivory / IVORY.
Ivory is powerful front-end framework tool which has the ability to handle responsive layouts ranging from 320px to 1200px. The Ivory features a twelve column grid layout and comes jam packed with different style typography and elements such as buttons, forms, tables, toggle switches, accordions, tooltips and many others.
18. Extra Strength Responsive Grids.
The Extra Strength is a CSS based framework tool which actually provides solutions to many common website design problems. Before using the Extra Strength, developers must be aware that this is a completely grid-focused tool with no styles available for typography. It works on percentage-based width adjustments. The Extra Strength allows to create a website for smaller screen use, with smart element resizing.
If looking to create a website design with advanced responsive layout, Groundwork is the tool to have. Groundwork is based on SASS + Compass and features a nest grid layout system. This makes possible the creation of almost any website design that comes to mind. Groundwork comes loaded with different UI components like buttons, tabs, forms, navigation, icons etc. The tool includes a number of templates to get users started.
YAML or Yet Another Multicolumn Layout is a popular CSS framework tool. What makes the YAML a real gem is the fact that this particular type of CSS framework is totally compatible with all browsers used around the world today. YAML also features a flexible grid system.
21. 960 Grid System.
The 960 Grid System is a tool which also helps with CSS work flow during website design and development. The 960 Grid System offers web developers a choice of two packages – a twelve column layout, and a sixteen column one. The two layouts can be used separately or in combination with one another.
22. Responsive Aeon.
Responsive Aeon is a grid tool powered by both HTML and CSS, it allows for super quick and efficient website design under different layouts. The Responsive Aeon uses a twelve column system with a total width of eleven hundred pixels. Use-wise the app is rather straightforward and easy to understand. Responsive Aeon uses only three basic classes.
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