The future of web design is now. If you have not jumped on the responsive web design shuttle yet, we suggest that you start today. Which tools are the right ones for you?
Before we begin a new Bootstrap theme design, there is a number of tools that we use for mock ups, planning, site organization and layout ideas. With the explosion of responsive web design there’s plenty of tools that have launched to help speed up the development process. Here is our top 10 favorites.
Jetstrap is a 100% web-based interface building tool for Twitter Bootstrap. No software to download, just log in and build. Your work is accessible from anywhere.
If you’re looking for a quick way to wire frame a Bootstrap grid, then you’re going to love this plugin. Very simple to use and it has a mobile view option as well.
Divshot lets you build visually with most popular front-end frameworks. Divshot includes features like
- Component libraries completely customized for each framework
- Output code that looks just like the framework documentation
- Work with the latest versions of your favorite frameworks
This is one of our favorite tools for development. Placehold.it is a quick and simple image placeholder service that will definitely speed up your development. You can also change things like format, text, color, & size all within your HTML document, while developing.
Another plugin we can’t live without right now. Font Awesome gives you scalable vector icons that can instantly be customized — size, color, drop shadow, and anything that can be done with the power of CSS.
Dealing with Grids in Photoshop is a pain. With GuideGuide, it doesn’t have to be. Pixel accurate columns, rows, midpoints, and baselines can be created based on your document or selection with the click of a button. Frequently used guide sets can be saved for repeat use. Grids can use multiple types of measurements.
Initializr is an HTML5 templates generator to help you getting started with a new project based on HTML5 Boilerplate. It generates for you a clean customizable template with just what you need to start!
We try to stay far away from tables but if we have to use them they need to be responsive. Tablestrap is a utility to create tables in a snap. Simply define the rows and columns you need and whether you want, striped, condensed or bordered or even a mixture of the three and you’ll be on your way to creating tables for Bootstrap in no time.
Bootsnipp is an element gallery for web designers and web developers. Anybody using Bootstrap will find this website essential in their craft.
What’s your favorite?
Tell us your favorite responsive web design tools.