Over at grid.tzyl.nl I’ve started playing with CSS grids, with the ultimate aim to build a ‘brick layer’ IndieWeb compatible theme for WordPress.

The idea is to find a form factor that does not clearly say ‘this is a blog’ or ‘this is a wiki’, but presents a slightly confusing mix of stock and flow / garden and stream, something that shows the trees and the forest at the same time. (I’ll stop mixing metaphors now.) So as to invite visitors to explore with a sense of wonder, rather than read the latest or read hierarchically. At the back-end nothing will fundamentally change, there still will be blogposts and pages with their current URLs, and the same-as-now feeds for them to subscribe to. But the occasional visitor will have a very different starting point.

The theme’s working title is Tondriaan, as in me and Mondriaan (who was born in my hometown). The painting below was the first inspiration source, with its ‘bricks’ and one of them having a sort-of capital T in it (as in Ton).


Detail of Tableau no. 2 / Composition no. V, by Piet Mondriaan, 1914. Currently in the MoMa collection. (The painting is in the public domain, and straightforward images thereof as well)

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