Web designers seem always interested in web designing tools, which can help them in web development. A large number of tools are available but it’s really difficult to get them at one place. Moreover tools are of various types. Here are some important tools for web designers particularly involved in responsive web design to make their creativity easier and interesting.
1. Grid and Framework
There are different types of tools in this category. Tools like Columnal, Skeleton, LessFramework 4 and different grid systems are placed in this category. Some tools are created by taking the inspiration from others like Columnal has some inspiration from cssgrid.net, while some features of this tool are similar to 960.gs. Some tools are boilerplate which are used as starting templates like 320 And up and Gridless, while some tools are CSS framework, which are easy to use even for non technical persons, for instance Inuit.Css. Some tools are grid generators like Flurid, Fluid Grids and Gridpak. Tools like Variable Grid system help in downloading different files. If you want to set the number of your columns, you have the option of using tools like Tiny Fluid grid.
2. Sketch Sheets and Wireframes
As the name of this category suggests, it has tools which can help you to visualize what you have created. Responsive web design sketch sheets are great tool, which can help web designers in the placement of different elements. You can place your element in a better way and at appropriate places. Responsive Wireframes is another tool in this category. It can help you to see your design, how it will actually look on computer systems and mobile gadgets. StyleTiles is another comprehensive tool, which can help you to get clients feedback and you can create a responsive web design as well. Appropriate use of these tools can bring fruitful results for the web designers.
3. Testing & Previewing Tools
If you can test your prototypes in different screen sizes ProtoFluid is your tool. It is a web based app and it’s really easy to use for the web designers. Another internet based tool is responsive.Is which will let you test your responsive web design. Resizing of website according to every pixel is really difficult, but you can do this difficult job with Responsivepx.com very easily. Responsive Web Design Testing tool will let you see your website in different sizes in a single glance. ReView.Js is based on Java script and gives you an extraordinary experience of viewing your designs. If you want to see your designs on different devices, Screenfly and The Responsinator are the tools for you. The last tool in this category is the Screenqueri.Es, which is used to check the pixel perfection of the web design.
If you are looking for a substitute for CSS media problems, Adapt.Js can help you over here. However, you have to be careful as this tool is not compatible with all browsers. Isotope and Masonry are two jQuery plugin, which are commonly used in the creation of responsive websites. These tools help in arrangement of elements in different ways. Respond.Js is a script which is useful for those web designs which are not supported by CSS3 Media queries. TinyNav.Js is also a jQuery plugin, but it’s smaller than others, 362 bytes. It helps in converting big navigations to small menus. If you want to see live preview of elements, wookmark JQuery Plugin can help you as it will rearrange the elements according to the size of window.
So make proper use of these useful tools and create great responsive websites for you and your clients successfully.