Accelerated Grid Theming with NineSixty

NOTE: This session will be co-presented
with Todd Nienkerk of Four Kitchens.


This session will demonstrate the principles of grid-based theming and the NineSixty theme for Drupal. Subtheming NineSixty for rapid site design and deployment will be covered, as well as creating a custom grid system for any project.

For instance, the site uses a modified version of the 960 grid, as does the newly launched re-design of


  • Brief history of grid-based design.
  • Philosophy behind + How it works.
  • Basics of grid-based theming.
  • How the NineSixty theme implements and expands on
  • Content-first layout using “push” and “pull” classes.
  • Dynamic grid widths based on context.
  • Debugging tools and grid visualization.
  • Right-to-left (RTL) language support.
  • Creating versatile, dynamic, and context-based layouts using NineSixty.
  • Subtheming NineSixty.
  • How to build your own, custom grid system.


Session goals include gaining a solid understanding of what grid design is, how it has evolved since its early beginnings in print, and how it can help expedite the design and templating process.