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CSS is always one of the most popular and widely used language which offers number of features in providing many advantages towards accessibility, as well as providing the ability to create a one of a kind page or site for various target devices. So for this weeks roundup you will see some of the newest and extremely useful CSS Tools that you should try and use for your development related tasks and especially you are building.

1. Styleguide


Styleguide is a tool to make creating and maintaining styleguides easy. All you need to do is to add the Styleguide to a separate folder in your project. Use it as your CSS. You just need to import the generated file inside your HTML and you are all set! This way the Styleguide will be synced with your project.

2. Sassline


Sassline aims to spread better typography across the web. It can be used for prototyping, blogs or full website builds. It has recommended base typography styles and Sass mixins to work proportionally from the baseline grid using rems. Sassline lets you set a modular-scale for each of your breakpoints and easily work from these values to size your type. This combined with the baseline grid allows you to have harmonious proportions across all aspects of your website.

3. Recess


This tool been developed by Twitter to support their internal styleguide, Recess is a simple, attractive code quality tool for CSS built on top of LESS, you just have to incorporate it into your development process as a linter, or integrate it directly into your build system as a compiler, Recess will keep your source looking clean and super managable.

4. Rucksack


Rucksack makes CSS development fun again, with features the language should have come with out of the box. It’s built on PostCSS, it’s modular, it doesn’t add any bloat, and it’s lightning fast.

5. Chewing Grid


Chewing Grid is a CSS grid for card listing design, like videos, tiles, or article lists. It doesn’t require media queries, but it adjusts based on the maximum number of columns, and minimum and maximum card width. Chewing-grid provides atomic classes ready to use in your HTML (1 to 12 columns and widths in 50px intervals). You can also use it with Sass to generate your own classes, or even to build a custom semantic grid.

6. Primer


Primer is the CSS toolkit that powers GitHub’s front-end design. It’s purposefully limited to common components to provide our developers with the most flexibility, and to keep GitHub uniquely GitHubby. It’s built with SCSS and available via Bower, so it’s easy to include all or part of it within your own project. It is available for use under the MIT license and built with open source projects like SCSS, Jekyll, Grunt, and more. It includes a small Gruntfile for compiling SCSS, Autoprefixer for vendor prefixes, and Parker for CSS stats.

7. cssPlus


CSS Plus wants to provide a simple and fast way to make flexible layout based on flexbox modeling. This awesome css feature lets you specify a flexible container which the children can also be flexible and re-sized automatically when the size of the container changed. It supports Chrome 14, Internet Explorer 10, Firefox 6, Safari 4, Opera 12.10.

8. Outline


Outline is a simple CSS starter responsive boilerplate for any new web project, created by Matt Harris. It’s a modular, mobile-first framework which includes todays best practices for responsive design and core components I use on every project. Outline is designed to be a starting point. A solid foundation for your project, leaving the creativity up to you.

9. Kathamo


Kathamo is a Minimalist CSS Framework for Rapid & Mobile-Friendly Development. Kathamo has a few easy ways to quickly get started, each one appealing to a different skill level and use case.

10. Gradify


Gradify is a module which finds the most prominent colors in any image, and produces a scalable, responsive CSS gradient. This can provide a less jarring experience as image placeholders.

11. Punk CSS


Punk CSS is a CSS editor created by Rolando Murillo that allows rescaling your web design and still keeps its proportions. It provides more room to code and debug than regular editors and it’s lightweight.

12. ReactCSS


ReactCSS allows you to use classes in inline styles. It uses a class-based data structure, keeps all your styles together, and more. Use the “is” syntax to effortlessly attach inline styles to html elements and spreads to custom components. Keep html and components styles together. Separate the style logic from the display and business logic.


12 New & Extremely Useful CSS Tools