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Responsive CSS Grid Systems

Posted on: June 13, 2011

I’ve been experimenting with several promising responsive CSS grid systems.
So far, I’m most impressed with: 1140px grid, SimpleGrid, and Skeleton.

I haven’t decided if I will use any of them for client work yet, but I might attempt to convert this site over to one of them in the near future. If you are unfamiliar with Responsive Web Design, take a look at this article by Ethan Marcotte. He’s also written a very enjoyable book on the subject — I just finished it today.


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Dru Martin

June 17, 2011

Nice article. I got the opportunity to use media query on a site recently to account for mobile users. Not quite the same as a responsive design but I used media query to load additional mobile styles based on max-width/device-width.

I like the idea of responsive layouts, it’s something I’ve given a good deal of thought to. I was getting hung up on justifying the extra time to a client who didn’t specifically ask for a mobile-friendly site. However, the evidence is irrefutable that we are trending to an ever mobile user base.

Conor Muirhead

June 27, 2011

Thanks for giving SimpleGrid a try! Please let me know if you have any questions, thoughts, or ideas for improvement as you play with it. I’d love to continue to improve the system over time, and any feedback is much appreciated.

Tom Reno

July 25, 2011

@Dru – Yeah, there probably won’t even be a need to justify building a responsive site soon — seems like it will just be part of the services you offer. Much like making sure a site displays properly in all browsers.

@Conor – I’m building a small site with SimpleGrid now (I’m also building another with Skeleton so I can compare). I’ll let you know if I have anything meaningful to report. Thanks for making SimpleGrid and making my life a bit easier. :)

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