CSS1K: What Can You Do With 1KB of CSS?

Back in 2003, a website called CSS Zen Garden was launched by Vancouver web designer Dave Shea to showcase what could be done with pure CSS. Back then, the internet was full of table-based layouts and large, text-filled images. The Garden was a pretty novel idea back then.

In a similar vein, a new challenge has arrived in the form of CSS1K.

You have to style the same HTML as everyone else using no images or embedded fonts, while keeping your stylesheet under 1 kibibyte minified. To participate, you just fork the site on GitHub and submit a pull request when you’re done. Accepted styles are added to the gallery.

It’s a neat idea, now that we have so many fancy new CSS3 properties and selectors available, and it’s especially relevant as today’s page sizes are on the rise.