Kraken is built on Guip and uses Sass to power it’s awesomeness. It’s a lightweight, mobile-first boilerplate for front-end web developers.

It works in browsers as young as Netscape Navigator 5 (apparently, citation needed) but it is optimised for all current browsers as well as IE9+.

Kraken uses normalize.css for the resets due to a bug in critical inlining CSS.

It’s definitely something to try out on your next project!

Sass Configuration in Kraken

// Colors
$color-primary: #0088cc;
$color-black: #272727;
$color-white: #ffffff;

$color-success: #377f31; // Green
$color-danger: #880e14; // Red
$color-warning: #dba909; // Yellow
$color-code: #dd1144;

$color-gray-dark: #808080;
$color-gray-light: #e5e5e5;

// Font Stacks
$font-primary: "Helvetica Neue", Arial, sans-serif;
$font-secondary: Georgia, Times, serif;
$font-monospace: Menlo, Monaco, "Courier New", monospace;

// Breakpoints
$bp-xsmall: 20em;
$bp-small: 30em;
$bp-medium: 40em;
$bp-large: 60em;
$bp-xlarge: 80em;

// Sizing
$font-size-base: 100%;
$spacing: 1.5625em;
$container-width: 88%;
$container-max-width: 80em;

// Grid
$grid-margins: 1.4%;
$grid-sizes: (
    // Grid width options
    // Add/remove grid's as needed
    // $name: $width
    // $name - {string} class suffix
    // $width - {string} width of the grid
    fourth: 25%,
    third: 33.33333333333%,
    half: 50%,
    two-thirds: 66.666666666667%,
    three-fourths: 75%,
    full: 100%
$grid-breakpoints: (
    // Breakpoints at which to activate grid
    // Add/remove breakpoints as needed
    // ($breakpoint, $prefix-class, $include-offsets)
    // $breakpoint - {string|variable} the breakpoint
    // $prefix-class - {string|optional} class to be used with `.row` to activate grid
    // $include-offsets - {boolean} if true, include offset classes at this breakpoint
    ($bp-xsmall, ".row-start-xsmall", false),
    ($bp-small, ".row-start-small", false),
    ($bp-medium, null, true),
$grid-dynamic: (
    // Create grid classes that vary in size at different breakpoints
    // Add/remove classes, breakpoints, and sizes as needed
    // ($class, $breakpoint, $width)
    // $class - {string} the grid class
    // $breakpoint - {string|variable} the breakpoint
    // $width - {string|variable} width of the grid at the breakpoint
    (".grid-dynamic", $bp-xsmall, map-get($grid-sizes, half))
    (".grid-dynamic", $bp-small, map-get($grid-sizes, third))
    (".grid-dynamic", $bp-medium, map-get($grid-sizes, fourth))

HTML Template in Kraken

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html lang="en">

        <meta charset="utf-8">

        <!-- Force latest available IE rendering engine and Chrome Frame (if installed) -->
        <meta http-equiv="X-UA-Compatible" content="IE=edge,chrome=1">

        <meta name="description" content="">

        <!-- Mobile Screen Resizing -->
        <meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1.0">

        <!-- Icons: place in the root directory -->
        <!-- -->

        <!-- feature detection -->
        <script src="dist/js/detects.js"></script>

        <!-- stylesheets -->
        <link rel="stylesheet" href="dist/css/main.css" type="text/css">


        <!-- Old Browser Warning -->
        <!--[if lt IE 9]>
            <section class="container">
                Did you know that your web browser is a bit old? Some of the content on this site might not work right as a result. <a href="">Upgrade your browser</a> for a faster, better, and safer web experience.

            <!-- Skip Nav Link -->
            <a class="screen-reader screen-reader-focusable" href="#main">Skip to content</a>
            Navigation content

        <main id="#main">

            <section class="container">

                <h1>Hello World!</h1>

                <p>Add your content here.</p>



        <!-- Javascript -->
        <!-- In the footer for better performance -->
        <script src="dist/js/main.js"></script>

        <!-- Google Analytics: change UA-XXXXX-X to be your site's ID. -->
        <!-- (Via HTML5 Boilerplate: -->
            function(){(b[l].q=b[l].q||[]).push(arguments)});b[l].l=+new Date;


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    Chris Ferdinandi


Kraken is built on Guip and uses Sass to power it's awesomeness. It's a lightweight, mobile-first boilerplate for front-end web developers.

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