Top 7 Responsive Design Tools
December 20, 2013
•IADT General, Graphic Design
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News flash: The Internet is going mobile. As an increasing amount of people use an array of different smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices to access the Internet, the need for responsive Web design intensifies. Designers should ensure that each visitor to their website can view all of the features, apps and images regardless of their device's screen size and orientation. That's where responsive design comes in, which actually adapts your website to each user's device. While the world of creating responsive websites can be difficult to navigate as a beginner, there are a few tools to help you out.
1. Adaptive Images
Your images are some of the most important aspects of your website. Adaptive Images detects your visitor's screen size and automatically rescales the images on your site to fit their device. It's easy to use, even for a beginner.
2. Responsive Slides
Want a slideshow on your main page? The Responsive Slides plugin allows you to take your images and create a fully responsive slideshow that adapts to each user's device. Just add your images to a container and the plugin will do the rest of the work for you.
Menu navigation is another aspect of responsive design that you might not think about. FlevNav, a jQuery plugin, allows you to create a fully responsive menu and drop down, specifically tailored to mobile devices.
Gridset helps you create grid configurations for multiple screen sizes. Using this app, you can create simple or complex grid designs without having to make complex calculations. You can even save your settings and reuse them in future designs.
Think you don't have to worry about font size in responsive design? Think again. FitText automatically alters your headline font size according to the width of your user's device. This iQuery plugin eliminates the problem of broken layouts and orphan or widow text.
6. Responsive Tables
7. Responsive Design Testing Tool
Once you've created your responsive website, how do you know if it works? Test it! The Responsive Design Testing Tool allows you to test your designs across multiple mobile devices in mere seconds. Just type your URL into the space at the top of the page. The tool will then show you the way your site looks on five different screen options, including a small phone, an iPhone, a small tablet and an iPad.
Responsive web design may seem tricky for a newbie Web designer, but with a little practice and know-how, you will be designing fully responsive websites in no time.
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