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I just discovered Google's BlueprintCSS framework. Wow, people are writing CSS frameworks now? Is anyone using a CSS framework? Any good news?

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I've used Blueprint a lot and also the 960Grid and Fluid 960Grid - I've had great luck with both after a little learning and some customization. My preference is the 960Grid and for no particular reason other than a personal preference. That being said, I have several designs in Blueprint and am happy to leave them that way.

After you work with a framework a bit you can pretty easily blend your own styles with the grid and it really does help you get a design up and running very quickly. The only caveat would be to clean out the frameworks' styles that you don't need. They have styles for all sorts of stuff and it's just a lot of clutter to look at if your design doesn't need it.

Hope that helps :-)
AND - after attending An Event Apart in Boston I have a different perspective on Grid frameworks. Previously, I had only heard "code bloat" as the sole downside to using frameworks. The payoff in rapid development outweighed that argument for me. What I heard at AEA made me think again.

I heard Jason Santa Maria make a very good case for thinking twice before relying on frameworks in that they separate the designer from the true purpose of the grid - the framework does the work for you and you don't really need to think about why or how it is happening or what the impact to your design is.

The second speaker that made me have second thoughts was Jeremy Keith. His argument against frameworks was that they encourage code that is not semantically correct and even worse - dictate what your markup should be.

Of course with web design there are many schools of thought and those were just two that I heard. Personally, they both made a lot of sense to me and as a result I'm going to reduce/eliminate my use of frameworks. I'm just sharing some thoughts I heard and how it impacted me.
I just spotted this on one of the blogs I subscribe to:
45+ CSS Grid Systems, Layout Generators and Tutorials that every Designer should know
http://www.tripwiremagazine.com/tools/design/45-css-grid-systems-la...

There's a lot of good stuff there. Hope it helps :-)

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