CSS Frameworks in Web Design
When you’re offering web design services, it’s not uncommon to have similar design specifications even from different clients. Although ultimately the content will be different and there may be special cases for each client, it is important to note that for most of your web design work, you’re actually repeating design elements. This is where CSS frameworks come in. CSS frameworks, much like an application or development code framework, serves as a basis for your design implementations that share fairly common and core elements. For example, the header, the sidebar, navigation lists, and footer. CSS frameworks gets you started rather easily so that you can quickly prototype your project, spend less time on design parts that are usually repeated, and focus on those special cases where the clients have a particular preference. There are many resources that you can find about CSS frameworks: Blueprint was one of the first css frameworks. Tripoli is another one. In fact a simple Google search for CSS frameworks will give you results on different frameworks and articles about them.
CSS framework really simplifies your work flow but it shouldn’t be seen as a crutch for the lack of a solid CSS knowledge. Frameworks must be understood fully and used properly or else, when used improperly, it will bite back when your design gets messed up and you’re left wondering why. Use CSS frameworks when your design specification fits with what the framework offers. If used right, CSS frameworks is a big help to get you started with your web design project.