SXSW 2010: CSS Frameworks Shootout

Saturday, March 13 2:00pm
Joshua Clayton, Thoughtbot, Web Developer
Nathan Smith, 960 Grid System
Nicole Sullivan, Author of OOCSS
Chris Eppstein, Caring
Beau Smith, Square Inc, UX/UI Designer

Session Description

Many CSS Frameworks have been introduced in recent years, some are now quite popular. The advantages (fast development, cross-browser compatibility, table-less design, etc.) are exciting, but the disadvantages (bloat, lack of flexibility, lack of what is already available in css) are equally compelling. Framework authors discuss the similarities and differences.


Blueprint CSS

  • Started 2007

960 Grid System

  • 960 pixels wide
  • not-too-otiringal name
  • 12 and 16 column versions
  • 24 column version too (blueprint peer pressure)
Object Oriented CSS
  • Grids – 13 lines
  • Template – 14 lines
  • Rounded corner boxes – 29 lines
  • Enhanced Stylesheet Syntax
  • Generates CSS
  • Variables
  • Mixins
  • Nested selectors
  • Calculations

Grand Rapids World Record Attempt: Largest Zombie Walk

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Cars were trampled, smashed, slapped, and covered in blood as an official count of 3370 people slowly walked as zombies through the streets of downtown Grand Rapids on October 30th from 9:30pm to 10:00pm. All different types, styles, and colors of zombies appeared out of no where as they collected at Rosa Parks Circle to attempt the World Record for the Largest Zombie Walk. The previous record was held by Pittsburgh with a measly 1375 people! Now that Grand Rapids holds the world record we’ll have to see what sweet things our city can do next!

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Precision Mouse Trap

Death by package!As I entered my apartment I had but one thing in my hand, a package of bank checks. There, on the floor stood the deadliest animal known to man: a mouse. Survival instincts had show me in previous attempts with hideous creatures, such as flys, that all creates can be squished. In one quick motion I lifted my arm, released, and my package of check books quickly became my only source of survival. A quick slap and laying on the floor was my victor. He didn’t even stand a chance to the precision of my deadly throwing arm. May this go to show all mice in future generations: don’t enter my lair!

I Need a Reality Check: Objective Reality Checks by a licensed mental health professional

A recent project I just completed for Judith Snow allows you to post a confusing everyday question and have a response in less than 24 hours. Judith Snow, M.A. is a psychotherapist, certified addictions counselor in private practice, and published author residing in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Here is a blurb from her new website, I Need a Reality Check (

“Are you in a situation that is leaving you stumped? Do you have a scenario that you just need to run by someone? Would you value an objective Reality Check by a licensed mental health professional? Are there times when you’d rather not lean on a friend or family member when you want an opinion? If you answered Yes to any of the preceding questions, then I Need a Reality Check is the perfect venue. You’ll receive an answer in 24 hours or less, but the tougher questions may take longer.”

Make sure you check out Judith’s new website and tell me what you think,
Daniel Slaughter