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Drupal Clean Theme Released

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A few days ago I got thinking that I've been using CSS frameworks such as Blueprint quite a lot and that they carry some bloat that makes them less than ideal for smaller projects. It didn't take long until I was creating a new theme, one that was clean and as bloat-free as possible. That theme is Clean theme.

In a couple of sessions I managed to create what I feel is a good solid foundation for building a small Drupal site.

Key features of the Clean theme:

  • Lean, mean base theme
  • Fully XHTML 1.0 Strict and CSS 2.1 valid
  • 3 column collapsible layout
  • Fancy blog and comment submission dates
  • Large base font size
  • Relative font sizes
  • Thorough use of CSS inheritance

I wanted to keep this theme as simple as possible so here's a brief rundown of design decisions that were made to facilitate this:

  • Fixed width, pixel based layout
  • Minimal reset using * { margin:0; padding:0; }
  • Minimal form styling (mostly tidying up)

Rather than trying to be everything to everyone, this theme is more of a base theme. Having said that it's got enough default styles to make it usable right out of the box.

Update: I'm not trying to say that the Drupal Blueprint theme is bloated. It's still an awesome theme and we're going to continue using it for major projects where 100% accuracy is required.

Posted by psynaptic



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I am really looking forward to playing with this - thank you very much for your effort!

- HC.

Posted by HornCologne
8 years 9 weeks ago


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This is bloody awesome. I was always wondering how the minimalistic/puristic Drupal approach could go with such a terrible bloatware like Zen (sorry for my incompetence. Zen Developers are sure doing a great Job, but I rather go the opposite way of having to strip out things).

A theme is perfect if you cannot take away anything without it working anymore.
For people interested in Code-as-short-as-possible I recommend my all-time favourite Layoutgala: http://blog.html.it/layoutgala/

Posted by eigentor
8 years 9 weeks ago

Nice work. Any plans for

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Nice work.

Any plans for releasing your nice theme for Drupal 6 ?

8 years 8 weeks ago

Drupal 6

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Yep, for sure! I just need to find time to do it. Very busy at the moment.

Posted by psynaptic
8 years 8 weeks ago

Wow, this is a really cool

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Wow, this is a really cool starting theme! In the past I have always developed themes from scratch, which always takes a lot longer then it should. So lately I have been looking into frameworks like Zen, Blueprint, Framework and now Clean. Framework and Clean are now my two favorites.

Posted by Zeneith
2 years 43 weeks ago

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