Responsive web design is becoming a hot topic recently. Looks time are saved as no need to develop different styles for different devices but it’s really not easy to change a very complicate website to a responsive one. Or if you would like to build a brand new website, maybe you should try to start thinking about responsive layout in the beginning.

Responsive falls into fixed (Column grid’s width are changing fixedly depending on the screen size) and fluid (Column grid’s width are changing dynamically depending on the screen size) There are many techniques developed by experts to create a responsive website and a number of responsive frameworks can help to start with. Also there are two flows: focus on mobile device first then adapt to bigger screen responsively, or focus on large monitors first then adapt to smaller devices responsively.

Today we choose 14 responsive framework that are fully functional, well documented and intuitive to adapt. The first 9 are developed using CSS and JS. The last 5 adapted SASS (or LESS) which is predecessor of CSS. To know more about SASS and LESS, check out articles on SmashingMag and CSS-Tricks. Let us know what’s your thought of them. What is your experience when using them to develop a responsive site?

Responsive Web Design Frameworks
Amazium provides a 960 grid system and a lot of other areas like typography, forms, tables, images and videos are all covered regarding responsive layout. Pretty knit system.

Responsive Web Design Frameworks
As the name goes FBG system is built with typographic standards in mind and combines principals of fluid-column layouts and mobile-first responsive design.

Responsive Web Design Frameworks
Foundation claims it has rapid prototyping that “dozens of styles and elements to help you quickly put together clickable prototypes, that can then be adapted and styled into polished production code. Forms, buttons, tabs, all kinds of good stuff.”

Responsive Web Design Frameworks
Gridless is also a responsive framework utilising HTML5 and CSS3 that makes mobile-first responsive with beautiful typography.

Responsive Web Design Frameworks
Less Framework is a fixed-width responsive grid system to design adaptive websites. It includes four layouts of different screen size (default, tablet, mobile and wide mobile) I think this one is the easiest and most intuitive one to try responsive layout change.

Responsive Web Design Frameworks
Same functions as above also includes a generator to create styles of different number of columns and widths.

Responsive Web Design Frameworks
Like Amazium and Lessframework, it’s nesting and knit, which designed as one class per element rather than one class for all units of a single size.

Responsive Web Design Frameworks
Skeleton is a tool for rapid development. It includes an organized file structure and super basic UI elements like lightly styled forms, buttons, tabs and more to.

Responsive Web Design Frameworks
It’s a fluid responsive system. Instead of doing mobile-first responsive, it focuses on 1280 monitor and adapt to work on any other device.

Responsive Web Design Frameworks
Obviously it uses the “small screens up” as responsive web design flow. Guess what? The developer of 320 and Up was actually doing the other way around. Have a look at their website about their “mistake”.

Responsive Web Design Frameworks
Bootstrap supports HTML5, CSS3 and built on LESS. It is a simple but fully functional frameworks, and it’s responsive.

Responsive Web Design Frameworks
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.

Responsive Web Design Frameworks
Runs on LESS, SCSS or Stylus. Includes examples of fixed, fluid, maximum width, nested columns and of course, the responsive one.

Responsive Web Design Frameworks
It’s built on Compass. Compass is built on SASS. SASS is predecessor of CSS. CSS is.. I’m confused. Here is a tutorial of using SASS and Compass to build a responsive website.

What do you think of them? Or any other nice framework that I missed? Leave your best comment below.