Bootstrap

Bootstrap is a CSS framework used in web design to create responsive designs for multiple screen sizes. Even though front-end developers mostly use it, understanding Bootstrap as a UX designer is a very useful skill to have.

Updated on November 13th, 2022

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Why is Bootstrap useful?

For designers, Bootstrap is a useful framework for designing a responsive website. Instead of making up screen sizes and breakpoints for every project, you can reuse Bootstrap breakpoints every time. So, in a way, using Bootstrap as a designer is similar to using a design system.

Another benefit of using Bootstrap is that both the designer and development team speak the same language. If you have the entire team follow Bootstrap screen sizes and breakpoints, that saves you a lot of rework as a project.

Which software is used for Bootstrap?

You can use a lot of software for Bootstrap. That's because Bootstrap is a framework not tied to one set of software. Instead, you can use popular text editors like Visual Studio Code and Atom to include Bootstrap in your code.

As a UI or UX designer, a basic knowledge of how to use HTML, CSS, and Javascript in a popular text editor will help you greatly. It makes you stand out from other designers and more interesting to potential employers or clients.

Is Bootstrap front-end or backend?

Bootstrap is a framework to use with HTML, CSS, and Javascript. Given that front-end developers use these languages, Bootstrap is front-end as well.

There's already a lot of overlap between front-end developers and designers. The fact that front-end developers use Bootstrap is yet another reason for designers to have a basic proficiency in Bootstrap.

Can I learn Bootstrap without CSS?

No, you can't learn Bootstrap without CSS. Out of HTML, CSS, and Javascript, CSS is the most important coding language you need to use Bootstrap.

Luckily, many Figma files and features are available to help you get started. For example, if you select a layer in Figma, the inspect tab will show you the basic CSS code you need for Bootstrap.

If you copy and paste that code into your text editor, you're well on your way to developing your designs. You need to do manual editing for more complex designs, though.

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Useful resources

Official Bootstrap website

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