Use the Semantic UI Framework for building natural website layouts

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Frontend frameworks have become the staple for quick design projects. The big contenders like Bootstrap and Foundation get plenty of attention, but there are lots of great alternatives.

Semantic UI is an open source alternative which offers beautiful interface features and human-readable HTML/CSS.

Looking over some of the demo layouts, Semantic UI reminds me of Bootstrap’s design style but with an easier syntax. It’s definitely one of the best frontend frameworks you’ve likely never heard about – and it deserves a whole lot more attention from the design/dev community.

In mid-December the Semantic UI team released version 2.1.7 with basic changes and bug fixes. This builds on top of their v2.0 update which was a huge success among users.

semantic ui framework design

The current version features impeccable design styles with numerous features:

  • 50+ interface elements
  • 3000+ CSS variables
  • 3 Levels of variable inheritance
  • Fully-responsive right out of the box

I’m really impressed with Semantic UI’s many custom variations of interface elements. You’ll find everything from custom tabs to pre-defined input fields for data like prices, tags, and website URLs.

Many of these features came with the 2.0 and 2.1 release appending many extra page elements into the library.

semantic ui input fields

If you’re building a small project or webapp I highly recommend crafting the frontend on top of Semantic UI. You can download the full library for free on GitHub and find all the setup info on their documentation page.

Author: Jaime Morrison

Jaime is a jr. designer interested in mobile UI/UX research and frontend web development with JavaScript frameworks. He covers general news and useful resources in the web design space.