Starting a new year could hardly be better for web designers than this.
Expectations are high for 2014. Responsive websites are already the Next Big Thing. Mobile and tablet visitors have become a big factor for all websites. Every website should look good and perform well on every device.
In this article, we are going to list some of the best CSS frameworks that will help web designers and developers explore their potential to create responsive and beautiful web applications in 2014.
Twitter Bootstrap 3
You can start learning Twitter Bootstrap 3 today and improve your web experience in 2014. Try Twitter Bootstrap 3.
Foundation Framework by Zurb established itself in the second half of 2013 as one of the best frameworks for web design with its version 5.0. With features similar to Twitter Bootstrap and some significant improvements, it is expected to rise through the ranks of popularity in 2014.
With features like Off Canvas and Improved form, it would be interesting to see web developers explore this framework to the full in 2014. See Tahir Taous’ article for what’s new in Foundation 5. Try Foundation 5.
Gumby Framework is built on a Sass preprocessor which allows you to customize and create designs on the Gumby Framework. Designing with Gumby will require you to understand the basics of Sass. It can be customized by changing the values ââof variables using Sass. Modular Scale is another great built-in feature of Gumby which uses a Golden Ratio tool for typography.
Much like Twitter Bootstrap 3, the Gumby framework supports Internet Explorer 8 and above and all modern open source browsers.
Yahoo Pure CSS
This framework also uses the popular 12 grid layout system and has its own CSS rules to apply. For people who love the metropolitan design of Windows, Yahoo Pure is the perfect CSS framework to start designing. He favors less shadow effects and almost no rounded corners in his designs. Yahoo’s skin builder can be used to customize the look when using Pure CSS.
Yahoo Pure CSS is perfect for developers who want to stick with their respective frameworks but like to use the flat design. To achieve this, you just need to include the CSS file that is provided in the CDN by Yahoo. Try Pure CSS.
Ink interface kit
InK provides an incredible set of handy form validation classes. Another powerful feature is image processing. By using InK you can create multiple versionsa of the same image and reduce loading time in different types of devices. It also has an impressive set of MIT licensed icons to play with.
With such a powerful set of tools, InK is worth trying as a web design framework today. Try InK.
Other frameworks to try:
These are at least some of the best web design frameworks you can try in 2014. Why use frameworks? Well, who wants to start from scratch?
Note that the above list is not ranked in order of preference or excellence, it is just a list. Each framework listed has its own client, advantages and limitations.
Hope you enjoyed reading the list. Now it’s your turn to let us know which of the above frameworks you think will have the biggest impact on web designers and developers in 2014. Leave your comments below, with supporting text.
We wish you a wonderful Christmas 2013 and a Happy New Year 2014.