HTML5 Resources: Responsive Web Design Frameworks


HTML5 front-end frameworks help us make responsive, high usability websites. Today we introduce ten of the best responsive web design framework choices to you. Using these frameworks you can create business websites, magazines and portals, e-commerce based apps and even dashboards for web based administration.

These are front-end frameworks which mean that these frameworks make affect the user directly. So make sure you make the right choice in choosing the framework.

Today I’m trying to help you in this matter. I’m introducing ten of the most useful responsive web design frameworks that a web designer could need.

Let’s begin

Responsive Web Design Framework Choices

Bootstrap by Twitter

Bootstrap responsive web design framework

Let’s start with the obvious one.
If we have to choose a king among the responsive web design frameworks, Bootstrap would be that king, we can say this because this is the most popular project on GitHub. This is a sleek and simple, yet very powerful and very intuitive front-end framework.

Did you know: NASA uses Bootstrap as their front-end framework?

Bootstrap contains resources and tools for designing and developing websites as well as web based applications. It comprises HTML5 and CSS3 based design templates for navigation bars, buttons, forms, typography and many other web components. Some other optional optional JavaScript components are also available.

Foundation by ZURB

Foundation is a Responsive-Web Design Framework

Foundation is probably the designers’ favorite responsive web design framework. Foundation cannot beat Bootstrap in terms of usability, but it really gives a run for the money when it comes to looks and style. Foundation 3 (the current version is Foundation 5) stormed the industry with its stylized jQuery based components.

Did you know: uses Foundation as their front-end framework?

If you want to create something stupendous, Bootstrap might not be your first choice, however, you can create almost anything which the web can offer.
Today, Foundation stands as one of the most popular responsive front-end frameworks. It is also 12th most popular project on GitHub.


Jo HTML5 framework

Now that we have listed the giants, it is now time to dig up some of the unheard, yet very effective responsive web design frameworks. Let’s start with Jo.

Jo is a simple, very light (only 16 KB in size) HTML5 front-end framework. But its functionality is really up-to-the-mark. Jo let’s you create cross-platform websites and web applications. These platforms may include iOS, Android, webOS, Tizen, BlackBerry 10, Symbian, Chrome OS, Dashboard Widgets and anything else with HTML5. It also works great with PhoneGap.


Skeleton CSS Framework

Skeleton is not just a framework for HTML5, it is also a WordPress theme framework.
Skeleton is basically a set of CSS files that help you in rapid development. It focuses on responsive web designing based on grid so that it can easily break down for mobile.

This is a boilerplate framework, which means that this framework can work repeatedly with minimal code changes.

Lime JS

Lime JS

This is an responsive web design framework that is exclusively made for HTML5 based games.

Lime JS is built with the help of Closure Library. This library is created by none other than the mighty Google herself. It comes with functions/classes to control the events, timeline, graphics and animations.
You can also follow Lime JS on twitter.


Baker HTML5 Framework

From now on, I’m going brief on the text. I’ll write long lines only if something is worth mentioning, otherwise, just the essential info.

So baker framework is a mobile framework for creating ebooks. If you want to create online magazines and books that are interactive, this is the deal for you.

HTML Kickstart

HTML Kickstart

This is relatively a new Framework compared to others. For instance, Foundation is backed by ZURB who have been around for over twenty years now.

KickStart package contains HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript files, as well as UI components buttons and navigation bars, scalable icons (through fonts). It also contains touch-powered slideshow component and a grid layout.

Less Framework

Less Framework

Less Framework is ideal for beginners. This 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.

Every web design template in Less Framework uses a single grid. This grid is composed of 68 pixels wide panes with 24 pixels of gutter in between. Change these values for each design and that’s all you’ll have to do.

Create JS

Create JS

Create JS is a set of tools and modular libraries that work in integration to create web content that is highly interactive.

These libraries and tools can work independently but you can also mix and match according to your needs.

Sprout Core

Sprout Core

This is one of my favorites in the list. That is because it focuses on rapid development and if you like to start doing the things as as quickly as you can, this is the thing for you.

Its main feature is the speed of its finished websites and web based applications. They all run on amazing speed.

Who is the winner?

This is a subjective question. It totally depends on the need. For instance, if you want to publish online books and magazines, Baker can be your first choice but for our routine day to day needs, I strongly feel that you must not think of going outside Bootstrap, Foundation or Sprout Core.

If you have know any other responsive web design framework, please share it in the comments section.

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