Blueprint (CSS framework)

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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'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
  • Bloat Minimized as much as possible


Blueprint was first created by Olav Bjørkøy and released on August 3, 2007.[1] By August 11, Blueprint included work based on ideas from Jeff Croft, Nathan Borror, Christian Metts, and Eric Meyer.[2] Version 0.8 was released on November 11, and included various bugfixes as well as a new "tabs" plugin.[3]

Blueprint as a foundation for other projects[edit]

One of the goals stated by the core team is to facilitate the development of new tools for working with CSS.[4] A variety of CSS generators, visual editors, themes, and frameworks are based on Blueprint, many of which can be found on the Blueprint Wiki.[5]


  1. ^ Launch: Blueprint, a CSS framework. (2007-8-3).
  2. ^ CSS Frameworks for Front-end Developers. Retrieved on 2014-09-01
  3. ^ Blueprint version 0.8. (Archived) Retrieved on 2012-09-11.
  4. ^ Semantify, and CSS tools based on Blueprint Archived January 16, 2009, at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved on 2012-09-11.
  5. ^ Mods, Forks and Alternatives. (2012-03-31). Retrieved on 2012-09-11.

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