Pico – A Minimal CSS Framework

Surfing online, I stumbled upon Pico, which is a framework that separates itself from the other utility frameworks by becoming invisible in your HTML. So, instead of adding utility classes like padding, margin, bg-color, and so on, it styles the standard HTML elements with a default style. I think of this approach as a cross between a CSS reset and a CSS framework.

I was impressed with this strategy because we usually make things more difficult when trying to make them simple. Also, it provides enough stying to HTML elements that you don’t need a lot of customization.

I will be recommending this little framework to my students because it let them concentrate on writing a more semantic and clean code as their skills improve as developers. It is good to see a framework that gets out of the way and allows new developers to create beautiful pages without having to learn a lot of classes and tricks for that particular framework.

The framework is just one CSS file that is less than 10KB when minified and gzipped. Also, it provides a responsive grid, styled form elements, styled tables, and theme modes. It includes basic components like a progress bar, nav, accordion, card, and modals. There are also some utility attributes like showing a spinner when loading items and tooltips.

I took a minute and created a blog example using the Pico to see how clean and easy to maintain the HTML. But, I would recommend checking the examples out and trying to use Pico in your small projects.

Teylor Feliz
Teylor Feliz

Teylor is a seasoned generalist that enjoys learning new things. He has over 20 years of experience wearing different hats that include software engineer, UX designer, full-stack developer, web designer, data analyst, database administrator, and others. He is the founder of Haketi, a small firm that provides services in design, development, and consulting.

Over the last ten years, he has taught hundreds of students at an undergraduate and graduate levels. He loves teaching and mentoring new designers and developers to navigate the rapid changing field of UX design and engineering.

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