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Doing Our Homework with CSS Frameworks

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6:30pm Gather, meet, chat, and eat food provided by Obtiva
Doing Our Homework with CSS Frameworks
presented by Avand Amiri Blueprint, Sass, reset.css,, Compass... the list goes on. What happened to CSS? It was so simple and elegant; it made designing the web fun and easy. Then a bunch of smart people realized it could be better. And now it is better, but figuring out how to manage all these libraries, paradigms and snippets is a real pain in the ass. So let's set some things straight. We'll start by talking about why CSS frameworks exist in the first place and why some are more popular than others. Then, in the spirit of CSS Zen Garden, we'll style a body of markup starting with a reset all the way up to color, typography and layout. Along the way we'll our site come to life in IE, Webkit and Gecko.
15 minute site or code critique
8:30pm Head over to Dylan's for continued conversation and drinks

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  • Shay H.

    You may see the video of Avand's presentation over on our Vimeo channel at

    You may also review Avand's code at

    November 4, 2010

  • Becky D.

    I was really expecting a review on how to best utilize these frameworks when developing - not how to compile them with SASS. The overview on the frameworks was so rushed and brief that it was disappointing.

    October 29, 2010

  • Steve S.

    Avand explained Sass really well. It's tempting to investigate, but I'd like to know how widely it will or is being used.

    October 28, 2010

  • Mike B.

    I was a bit put off by the fairly hyperbolic review of CSS resets and flat dismissal of certain techniques (e.g. opinionated frameworks, reset scope/size) without forming a well reasoned opinion against them. The speaker clearly knew his stuff, I just would have appreciated more reasoning instead of opining. The live coding portion was really neat. I always like to see other developers coding in public.

    October 28, 2010

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