15 New Minimalist Responsive Frameworks

Here are some frameworks that give you a solid foundation when creating websites and aren’t packed full with features.

Girder

Girder CSS framework grid responsive UI kit

Girder is a minimalistic grid toolkit that builds flexible layouts divided into logical sections. Its built with Sass. It can scale based on your project’s needs as it includes support for complex media queries using the Breakpoint() compass plugin.

Cardinal

Cardinal CSS framework grid responsive UI kit

Cardinal is a small mobile first CSS framework with its focus primarily on responsive web applications. The purpose of Cardinal is to ‘make it easier to rapidly prototype, build, scale, and maintain CSS’ for responsive web apps. It does omits many aesthetic design decisions that will often drag down larger, more complicated CSS frameworks, leaving the design to you.

Typeplate

Typeplate typography CSS framework grid responsive UI kit

Typeplate is a typographic starter kit that doesn’t make aesthetic design choices, but defines proper markup with extensible styling for common typographic patterns.

Gridism

Gridism CSS framework grid responsive UI kit

Gridism is a simple CSS grid that comes with in-built patterns for responsive design.

Furatto

Furatto CSS framework grid responsive UI kit

The flat styled Furatto is a front-end framework for rapid web development based on other frameworks, such as Twitter Bootstrap, Foundation…, as a start point.

PocketGrid

PocketGrid CSS framework grid responsive UI kit

PocketGrid is a lightweight (0.5kB) pure CSS responsive grid system that allows for an unlimited number of columns and breakpoints. Instead of creating grids with rows and columns, PocketGrid has a more flexible system with blocks and block groups. Block groups are similar to rows, and blocks are similar to columns, allowing for more flexibility than traditional grids.

.Fitgrid

Fitgrid CSS framework grid responsive UI kit

Designed for rapid prototyping (but also runs well in production environments), .Fitgrd is a solid foundation for designers that don’t want to have their pages look like they are “bootstraped”. The grid is divided into twelve columns with percentual widths, with each column having a two percent margin on both sides.

Kraken

Kraken CSS framework grid responsive UI kit

Kraken is a lightweight, mobile-first boilerplate that includes just the essentials: A CSS reset to ensure cross-browser compatibility; A responsive, mobile-first grid; A well-designed, fluid typographic scale; CSS3 buttons; Basic form styling; Optional add-ons for more functionality.

Markup

Markup CSS framework grid responsive UI kit

Markup is a simple collection of layouts, widgets, UI styles and other components that you can make use of in your projects in order to code rapidly and efficiently.

Topcoat

Topcoat CSS framework grid responsive UI kit

Topcoat is a fully themable and open source CSS framework to help you work with and create web apps with ease.

Cascade

Cascade CSS framework grid responsive UI kit

Cascade Framework operates by splitting your CSS into seperate files based on features rather than selectors and by implementing a modifier design pattern inspired by SMACCS and OOCSS.

Responsable

Responsable CSS framework grid responsive UI kit

Responsable is a responsive grid system based on Semantic.gs and powered by LESS.

Ratchet

Ratchet CSS framework grid responsive UI kit

Ratchet lets you prototype mobile apps using simple HTML, CSS and JavaScript components.

Clank

Clank CSS framework grid responsive UI kit

Clank is an open source prototyping framework that helps you work with mobile apps.

Responsive Web CSS

Web CSS framework grid responsive UI kit

Responsive Web CSS helps you layout your web pages within minutes. You can specify target devices and resolutions for responsiveness, and then easily download the site skeleton.

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