Responsive web design really took off in 2011 and I can see it becoming the standard by the end of 2012 – there really is no reason not to include it in your planning and build of new web sites these days. I have previsously looked at free responsive WordPress themes and Premium Responsive WordPress themes so today we’re going to look at how you build your own.
If you feel daunted by the process or feel you are being left behind by this new technique then dont worry – bookmark this post as it contains everything you need to get up and running. I have split it into 5 key sections :
Responsive Web Design Demystified
Responsive design is a relatively new idea, and it is rapidly evolving. It’s full of rather confusing terms, such as responsive layouts, adaptive layouts, media queries and viewports. Where to begin?
Awesome tutorials to master responsive web design
In a few month, responsive web design has become a very important part of designing and developping a website. Due to the rise of mobile devices such as iPads, iPhones and other smart phones, your website must be easy to read and use in multiple resolution.
Responsive Web Design: What It Is and How To Use It
Almost every new client these days wants a mobile version of their website. It’s practically essential after all: one design for the BlackBerry, another for the iPhone, the iPad, netbook, Kindle — and all screen resolutions must be compatible, too. In the next five years, we’ll likely need to design for a number of additional inventions. When will the madness stop? It won’t, of course.
Responsive Web Design Guidelines and Tutorials
In this overview you will find the most useful and popular articles we have published on Smashing Magazine on Responsive Web Design.
Responsive Web Design Sketch Sheets
Make Your Mockup in Markup
I used to think the best place to design a website was in an image editor. I’d create a pixel-perfect PSD filled with generic content, send it off to the client, go through several rounds of revisions, and eventually create the markup.
Content Prototyping In Responsive Web Design
A content prototype is an HTML-and-CSS-based fluid-grid prototype, consisting of layout and typography, that consists of the project’s actual content. Its greatest usefulness may be in determining where to apply media queries to make the Web design responsive.
320 and up
‘320 and Up’ prevents mobile devices from downloading desktop assets by using a tiny screen’s stylesheet as its starting point. Try this page at different window sizes and on different devices to see it in action.
Skeleton is a small collection of CSS & JS files that can help you rapidly develop sites that look beautiful at any size, be it a 17″ laptop screen or an iPhone.
Golden Grid System
Golden Grid System (GGS) splits the screen into 18 even columns. The leftmost and rightmost columns are used as the outer margins of the grid, which leaves 16 columns for use in design.
Less Framework 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.
The Fluid Baseline Grid System
The Fluid Baseline Grid System is an HTML5 & CSS3 development kit that provides a solid foundation to quickly design websites with ease.
An awesome, fully responsive jQuery slider plugin.
Adaptive Images detects your visitor’s screen size and automatically creates, caches, and delivers device appropriate re-scaled versions of your web page’s embeded HTML images.
Responsive Web Design Testing
Ethan Marcotte’s 20 favourite responsive sites
Ethan Marcotte, the father of responsive web design, has compiled a whole folder of responsive sites, each as flexible and foxy as the last. Here he rounds up 20 of his favourites
Showcase of Outstanding Responsive Web Designs
This showcase rounds up a collection of the most inspiring and outstanding examples of responsive web design. These websites not only look great at full scale monitor resolution, but are designed to gracefully scale according to the user’s screen size.
85 Amazing Showcase of Responsive Web Design
In this post, we showcase 85 Amazing Responsive Web Design that you can use as your inspiration in designing your next project.
The best responsive web design examples and resources
This week’s extended round up takes a look at some superb examples of responsive web design, as well as the best resources to find out more about this new way of designing for a flexible internet experience.