I have been working as a web designer since 2004 .Those days people generally used computer or laptop to surf the internet, so the design work was bit easier as we need to check the websites on computer or laptop devices only as per as compatibility issue is concern. But now a days designing world is going through a rapid changes as because of exponential use of the Smartphone and tabs. people usually are habituated with Smartphone and tabs. As because of this a new concept has been emerged which is usually named as responsive design. So the designer have to deliver the design which needs to be compatible on smartphone,tabs and other devices, that tends to be lengthy and hectic process also. So I have sorted out some Responsive Design Tools which we can put together and can be used to make the process bit easier and will be able to deliver the desire deliverable that our clients are eyeing for.
InterfaceSketch Responsive Design Tools
In the recent past I generally used simple pen and paper to draw the basic template or prototype structure before move into Photoshop or other design tools. But now a days Interface sketch has been introduced which consists of many templates in PDF format, designer just needs to download it and open it in Photoshop or CorelDraw or illustrator to edit it as per their needs. This task bit easier as this tools gives many design templates, we just need to transform it as per our requirement.
It is a kind of tool or design deliverable which consist of fonts,colors,interface elements which carry forward the visual essence of any particular design that client are looking for.I personally faced many clients who had asked for design mock up before commence of any assignment which i think is very hectic process. Client requirement analysis is a kind of iteration procedure which first of all need deep understanding of the requirement, then if we need to ask any question then needs to prepare it ,and ask those arranged questions to the client to make a clear picture. If you consider Sryle Tiles tools after sorts of analysis it will help us to prepare a mock up design(not all the pages)that will carry the visual appeal which is similar to client needs, so client can visualize his prototype.It also makes easier the responsive design technique as this sort of design has no visual dimension as it needs to be compatible with many devices.
So far we have discussed on sketching and about visual appeal , now needs to make a structure how the website will eventually looks which means wireframe. But as far as responsive design is concern do we need to build different wireframes for different types of devices? Not at all, James Mellers of Adobe have made easier this task for us by creating this tool. Using this tool we can check how different elements of a template will change as per the different resolution of different devices.
It is a kind of CSS modules which specially built for mobile devices. It has different types of CSS modules for different types of design elements like for button,form,menuetc.By considering the responsive design we need to keep the file size small. So if we use the subset of any of that modules then it will be effortless for us to maintain that design files for near future during maintenance.
Responsive Web CSS
It acts slightly in different manner. Suppose we are making a responsive layout, first of all we need to place each division that we require after that put the size of each division.After setting all we just need to download the skeleton of our template in the form of HTML+CSS.
When i first started my designing career, sometimes i felt boring to write down the tedious code to build up any template. But now a days work is reasonably reduced to some extent with the help of some sorts of tools like Macaw.As it provides a editor, we just need to drag the elements which we require on that editor and can prepare our design. it consists of some kind of design-to-code engine to transform the visual layout into HTML+CSS code.
During designing of responsive template sometime we forget about the font size of the character. But it is an extensive issue which we need to consider as far as readability of the characters areconcern,based on the element size it should be in between 45-70 per line, but it is very difficult to maintain it using CSS coding. So here we can consider the FLOWTYPE jquery tool to maintain the font-size in different devices to increase the readability of the characters.
Images is the key concern now a days with responsive design, as our website is being checked with different types of devices which has higher or lower Soif we consider an image which has large in size or desktop centric then it will be very hectic for the viewers having lower bandwidth device to load that image.So adaptive images get rid of this disadvantage , it check the screen size of the device where it is being loaded and cope up with the screensize and save the bandwidth.
Another important aspect of the responsive design is concern is video which needs to be embedded as per the sceensize or resolution.Fitvids.jas is a kind of jquery plug-in or tools to adjust the video size accordance with the screen size of any devices.
So far many tools have been discussed to make your template responsive or smoother the responsive layout making process. But one important facet is the Email. Ink provides the responsive email which suits on different devices .