Blueprint (CSS framework)

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Final release
1.0.1 / May 14, 2011; 12 years ago (2011-05-14)[1]
LicenseMIT License

Blueprint is a CSS framework designed to reduce development time and ensure cross-browser compatibility when working with Cascading Style Sheets (CSS). It also serves as a foundation for many tools designed to make CSS development easier and more accessible to beginners.

Blueprint is released under a modified version of the MIT License, making it free software. It can be either used as is, or further adapted for use via a compression tool that is written in Ruby.


Blueprint was first created by Olav Bjørkøy and released on August 3, 2007.[2] By August 11, Blueprint included work based on ideas from Jeff Croft, Nathan Borror, Christian Metts, and Eric Meyer.[3] Version 0.8 was released on November 11, and included various bugfixes as well as a new "tabs" plugin.[4]


Blueprint's README file lists the following features as being provided out-of-the-box:

  • An easily customizable grid
  • Sensible default typography
  • A typographic baseline
  • Perfected browser CSS reset
  • A stylesheet for printing
  • Powerful scripts for customization[5]
  • Bloat Minimized as much as possible

Blueprint as a foundation[edit]

One of the goals stated by the core team is to facilitate the development of new tools for working with CSS.[6] A variety of CSS generators, visual editors, themes, and frameworks are based on Blueprint, many of which can be found on the Blueprint Wiki.[7]


  1. ^ "joshuaclayton/blueprint-css". GitHub. Retrieved 23 April 2020. This repository has been archived by the owner. It is now read-only.
  2. ^ Launch: Blueprint, a CSS framework. (2007-8-3).
  3. ^ CSS Frameworks for Front-end Developers. Retrieved on 2014-09-01.
  4. ^ Blueprint version 0.8. (Archived) Retrieved on 2012-09-11.
  5. ^ Impact of video size on website load times Video Compressor. Retrieved on 2023-03-07.
  6. ^ Semantify, and CSS tools based on Blueprint Archived January 16, 2009, at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved on 2012-09-11.
  7. ^ Mods, Forks and Alternatives Archived 2010-03-30 at the Wayback Machine. (2012-03-31). Retrieved on 2012-09-11.

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