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Grid Forms is a JavaScript-CSS framework that aims to ease data entry.

It allows us to create printed-like forms that are perfectly placed on a grid and occupy less space.

Grid Forms

The framework comes with ready-to-use styles and they can also be customized with Sass.

Created forms are responsive and use a simple HTML structure.

Skel.js is a tiny JavaScript framework (~6kb gzipped and minified) that simplifies building responsive layouts very much.

It has a JavaScript-powered and 12-column grid system that can handle any type of complex layouts + has easy-to-understand rules.

Managing breakpoints is just about adding the width ranges in the options of the skel.js‘ main function.

Skel.js

There is a plugin system for extending it further (a UI plugin is mentioned to be released soon).

Also, many helpful options exist like the ability to applying reset.css or normalize.css and defining the box model instantly.

When displaying the data inside a grid, Excel-like interfaces are probably the most standard way to do it.

ParamQuery, a jQuery plugin, enables us to present the data in a similar way with lots of options.

The records can be sorted or paginated, columns can be resized, hidden and it is possible to edit data inside cells with inline-editing.

ParamQuery jQuery Grid

There is support for infinite scrolling which is nice when loading lots of records.

It is capable of loading the data from any format like HTML, Array, XML, JSON, etc. and can be used with any scripting language.

Also, its look and feel can be changed with ease (theming support) and a powerful API exists for interacting further.

 

Creating wireframes in the beginning of any design process can help creating an output without any surprises.

Sneakpeekit is a website providing high-quality PDF sketch sheets for web designers.

Web Design Sketch Sheets

The sheets are compatible with the most popular grid systems like Less Framework 4, 978 grid system, 1140 css grid, The Semantic grid system, Bootstrap from Twitter, etc.

And, they are not only for the desktop browsers but there are versions for tablets and mobile as well.

Recline.js is an open source library for easily creating data-focused applications with only JavaScript and HTML.

It is built on top of jQuery, Backbone.js and Underscore.js and provides components + structure to data-heavy applications with a pack of models (dataset, record/row, field) and views (grid, map, graph, etc.).

Recline.js

The library has many functions for handling datasets including loading, querying and manipulating them.

Recline.js has built-in support for loading data from CSV files, Google Docs, ElasticSearch, CouchDB and more.

And, it can present data beautifully in grids, maps, timelines or any other way you prefer (it can be extended quickly).

Responsive Grid System isn't a framework or a boilerplate but a fast and simple way to create responsive websites.

It doesn't limit us to have a 12, 16 or 24 columns but works with any number of them and, can scale to any width.

Responsive Grid System

The system can work with a content-first approach and there is no need to force the content to fit into columns, they can be arranged according to the content.

The grid already have parts for mobile devices (or, you can use your own). Also, it is possible to download only the "number-of-grids-version" you prefer but not all of it.

There are many CSS frameworks that help creating almost any type of layouts quickly.

978.gs is another one which is mainly built for rapid prototyping and offers more room compared to the popular 960.gs by widening the gutter space.

978.gs

The framework is not limited to 978px but there are also different stylesheets for 300px, 748px, 1218px and 1378px grids.

Besides the CSS files, each size comes with a .PSD file for working with the same grid inside Photoshop.

P.S. 978px grid has more resources: grids in .PSD, .PNG, .SVG, an OmniGraffle template and Photoshop actions.

Gridpak is an interactive web application for generating responsive grid layouts very quickly.

The width of the grid, number of columns, column padding and gutter width can all be defined which are standard features we have seen from several other layout generators.

Gridpak

It gets better with the ability of adding breakpoints for responsive outputs. You can change the size of the layout, click "Add break point" and there you have it.

Once you have setup the layout, a custom download is ready which includes:

  • a CSS file with all the classes and properties you need to create the responsive grid layout
  • a LESS file with much the same information but including variables, mixins and methods to help you.
  • an SCSS file like the LESS file, but in SCSS.
  • a semi transparent PNG image for each grid you have created to help with your design, or with lining things up in your front end.
  • a JavaScript snippet that allows you to toggle an overlay of your grid on and off in any browser using the 'G' key.

Designing grid-based layouts in Photoshop is usually a headache as it takes time to calculate and position many vertical + horizontal guides.

GuideGuide is a free Photoshop plugin which simplifies creating grids in Photoshop with only a few clicks.

GuideGuide Photoshop Plugin

After defining a few variables (number of rows/columns, gutter width, etc.), it instantly generates the grid using Photoshop guides. And, for any active selections in the document, the plugin sets the grid within the limits of the selection.

Also, any frequently-used grid settings can be saved for later use.

P.S. Smashing Magazine has a very nice article on the usage details of the plugin.

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  • StackLayout is a CSS framework which supports both fluid and fixed-width layouts.

    Compared to many popular grid systems, it only uses 12 class names in total and makes use of inline-block CSS property rather than floats.

    StackLayout CSS Framework

    Stacks can be nested infinitely which helps creating complicated layouts easily.

    The framework has a component (a CSS file) which eases building cross-device compatible versions of websites.

    StackLayout is compatible with most of the browsers, few old ones has some issues which can be fixed with the help of the documentation provided.

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