Create Pinterest-like boards with pure CSS, in less than 1kB.
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Boardz.css

Boardz.css

Boardz.css is a simple CSS library that allows to create Pinterest-like card-boards from simple unordered lists with less than 1kB minified file size. Live demo here.

What is Boardz?

Boardz is a simple, lightweight and responsive pure CSS library that creates Pinterest-like boards from simple unordered list elements. The main objective of the Boardz is to give the basic layout of the board with a simple default styling. The library is not made to be a plug-and-use file, it simply gives the layout of the board to the nested <ul> and <li> elements. It uses the powerful Flexbox model to create and maintain the layout across devices and screens.

Layout screenshot

How to use it?

In order to use Boardz, just wrap your unordered list with a div of class boardz, then the rest of the list will be styled properly. Think of every unordered list as a column in the board, and the columns will be generated for every unordered list element in your div. Boards will also give a basic style to the h1 headers in your list elements. The basic structure of a simple board with 2 columns is as follows:

<div class="boardz">
    <!-- First column -->
    <ul>
        <li>
            <h1> Header 1</h1>
            Content
        </li>
        <li>
            <h1> Header 2</h1>
            Content
        </li>
    </ul>

    <!-- Second column -->
    <ul>
        <li>
            <h1> Header 1</h1>
            Content
        </li>
        <li>
            <h1> Header 2</h1>
            Content
        </li>
    </ul>
</div>

You can grab the minified version here or the beautiful version here.


Available Classes

There are three main classes that can be given to a Boardz element. The boardz class is necessary on the wrapper div, and the other two are optional. Note that, all of these classes should be used on the wrapper div, e.g. <div class="boardz beautiful">.

boardz: This is the class that needs to be on the wrapper div.
fitted: This is the class to make columns justified vertically.
beautiful: This is the class to make stylish cells.

Why?

We are trying to build more interactive and fancy interfaces everyday, and the web pages are getting bigger and bigger in terms of file sizes. I like simple interfaces with clear intentions and because of this, usually, I am trying to use small libraries wherever possible. A few days ago, I read the great Medium article of Ohans Emmanuel on CSS Flexbox and decided to implement a simple Pinterest-like card-board library by using pure CSS and Flexbox, which I was thinking of using for a new project, while keeping the file size at minimum. Turns out that Flexbox makes things incredibly simple and is a nice step for building more responsive web pages.


Boardz is highly customizable and a simple solution with less than 1kB minified file size. It may set a base for anyone to create more specialized card-boards, or it may not, I don't know. The project is completely open-source, so you can submit a PR whenever you want. Anyway, if you found anything wrong with it, or if you have any suggestions, please feel free to contact me.

License

The project is licensed under MIT License.