Ask DN: Creating personal UI Frameworks, advice please!

over 6 years ago from Sam Garson, Designer Developer in London

  • Matthew SaforrianMatthew Saforrian, over 6 years ago (edited over 6 years ago )

    Out of curiosity, do you really feel that you can come up with something easier to maintain and less bloated then Foundation*?

    Personally, I really like the framework because you can exclude unnecessary components and make your site semantic using mixins. Moreover, it's well documented, easy to configure (see _settings.scss) and battle tested. In terms of time vs. benefit, Foundation usually wins the battle for my projects.**

    That being said, if you are going way off the ranch then maybe Foundation doesn't make sense.

    If I was rolling something from scratch, I would still use either Compass or Bourbon to ensure cross-browser compatibility. You don't want to be spending your time researching style rules to determine what needs browser prefixes. Even still, I would take a deep look at Foundation and Bootstrap to see how they built their frameworks up as a jumping off point.

    *Disclaimer: I haven't used Bootstrap in years, so only speaking to Foundation.

    **If I was building a startup I would consider rolling my own.

    1 point
    • Sam Pierce LollaSam Pierce Lolla, over 6 years ago

      I've never used Foundation, but I will say that basing my components off Bootstrap was one of the worst decisions I made. It saved a ton of time for the first two weeks and has been dragging me down ever since!

      2 points