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For a good looking typography, the number of characters in a line is pretty important. And, this is difficult to automate only with CSS media-queries.

FlowType.JS is a jQuery plugin which can auto-resize the font-size and line-height (according to the width of the element wrapping it) so that our content is displayed just as we prefer.

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The plugin has options for setting the min/max font-sizes and min/max widths where the resizing will be triggered.

It also works fine with webfonts and a nice demo shows how it works (just resize the browser for the demo page).

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  • The most popular front-end framework, Bootstrap, now has a new version with lots of exciting changes and features.

    First of all, it has a flat design (on all the elements and components) which is the trend now.

    It follows the mobile-first approach and always responsive (a how-to exists to disable the responsiveness).

    Boostrap3

    JavaScript plugins are re-written to prevent any conflicts, new components are added and some of them are removed.

    There are small changes in the naming of classes but they are easy-to-adapt.

    A new customizer exists which is capable of saving the changes to an anonymous Gist for easy reuse, sharing, and modifications.

    Also, there is no more support for IE7 and Firefox 3.6.

    Pinterest-like responsive grid layouts became one of the standard ways to present “lots of content” in an organized way.

    For anyone willing to use such layouts on any web project, Grid Layout Shock is one of the easiest yet feature-rich solutions out there. And, they are giving away 5 Developers licenses to WRD readers (details at the bottom).

    GridLayoutShock

    It is available in 2 versions:

    • WordPress plugin
    • jQuery plugin

    which makes the usage for almost any type of website so quick and painless.

    They are both responsive, have multiple styles and can be customized in means of look/feel.

    The WordPress plugin integrates with the site completely as it can pull the content from posts, custom post types, taxonomies, galleries and portfolios (both versions can get the data from RSS).

    GridLayoutShock Sample

    Using the shortcode generated in the plugin’s settings page, it can be added anywhere inside pages, posts and widgets. Or, the whole site can be displayed with a responsive grid template.

    Also, the number of the posts, their order or dimensions can all be set.

    Grid Layout Shock has both free (with limited features) and paid versions. Make sure you check them all.

    How to join the giveaway?

    5 Developer licenses ($99/each) are being given away. In order to join you can choose one or both of the actions to increase the chances:

    The winners will be selected randomly and announced a week later (26 August 2013).

    Good luck to all.

    The winners

    Here they are:

    • pete (comment #1271135)
    • Farhan (comment #1271164)
    • @AhmetCAKIR
    • Ashmita Dobariya (comment #1271411)
    • Paula (comment #1271493)

    Congratulations and thanks very much everyone for joining.

    If you are already using a CSS or front-end framework, creating responsive layouts shouldn’t be hard.

    However, if you are new to such layouts, Responsive Web CSS can help you get started quickly.

    It is a web-based tool that enables anyone to create a responsive layout skeleton with drag ‘n’ drops.

    Responsive Web CSS

    You can simply add any number of pages, divs and define the widths in percentages.

    There is support for nested grids and it is possible to select the targeted devices. After all, the HTML-CSS is created automatically and will be ready-for-download.

    Owl Carousel is a jQuery plugin that allows us to create responsive carousel sliders so quickly.

    The plugin is touch-friendly and capable of featuring any HTML content with almost any markup.

    It has options for setting the pagination/sliding speed, enabling/disabling auto-play, showing bullet navigation and more.

    Owl Carousel

    Also, it is possible to define the number of items to be shown on desktop, tablet + mobile separately and Owl Carousel will handle that automatically.

    There is also an API for controlling the carousel however we prefer.

    For responsive layouts, we should consider how every web element will behave in different screen sizes.

    There are pretty standard solutions for elements and components like images, video,  typography, navigation, etc.

    However, when it comes to multi-level menus, things can get complicated as it gets difficult to “enable the user to navigate” in such a limited space.

    jQuery slimMenu

    slimMenu is a jQuery plugin that solves this issue nicely.

    It converts an unordered list with any depth into a menu with sub-menus and, for smaller screens, the menu becomes a drill-down navigation.

    It is touch-friendly and has several options for customization like the animation or its speed.

    S Gallery is another jQuery image gallery plugin that displays images in a responsive grid.

    It is inspired from the gallery in Sony’s product pages (which is made with Flash) and mimics that completely.

    Once an item is clicked and focused, it is possible to browse others with prev-next buttons or via keyboard.

    Returning back to the grid view is possible with a click and, also, a fullscreen option exists (uses HTML5 Fullscreen API).

    S Gallery

    Furatto is a front-end framework, that uses Bootstrap and Foundation as a base, for developing websites quickly.

    The framework makes use of the popular flat UI trend and built with responsive layouts in mind.

    Furatto Front-end Framework

    Besides the typography + grid, it has styles for all the major elements like buttons, tables or forms and various JavaScript components like modal or tooltips.

    The colors and styles used in Furatto can be changes easily as it uses Sass and it is a must-bookmark framework specially for flat UI fans.

    Today, there is an increasing number of CSS and front-end frameworks for all tastes.

    Designers/developers can either choose a complete package or base frameworks to get started and build the projects on top of them.

    Cardinal is a small and mobile-first CSS framework that positions itself as a starter-kit, provides the basics and lets the users customize/develop the rest.

    Cardinal CSS

    It is created for bringing responsive layouts to live and has easy-to-understand naming conventions for classes.

    The framework uses modular scale, unit-less line heights and the power of the REM unit for resizing the typography and layout of your entire application for different devices.

    There are styles for typography, grid, common layout modules, buttons, tables and more.

    Pop Easy is a jQuery plugin for quickly creating completely customizable modals.

    The plugin is lightweight (2kb) and has support for displaying any HTML element, including videos.

    Regarding the design, the default modal already has a good-looking interface and it can be changed/improved with CSS.

    jQuery Modal Box Plugin - Pop Easy

    There are options for customizing the animation used when the modal appears, its speed, the opacity, if it’ll be opened onLoad and more.

    Considering the size, the plugin is very useful. One thing seems to be missing for now is the built-in ability to load remote data (Ajax).

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