This project was born to combine the best of its predecessors into a single solution:

  • Utility-first CSS, as implemented by Tailwind CSS
    • Fully static, but customizable upfront
    • Embraces reusability with no duplicated rules
  • Constraint-based layouts, popularized by Theme UI
    • Highly dynamic, thankfully to Emotion
    • One-off styles can be defined naturally
  • Near-zero runtime, made possible by treat
    • Theming support with legacy browsers in mind
    • Static style extraction while retaining type safety

Systematic approach

An element's appearance can be customized through objects. Similarly to style attributes in React, properties are camelCased. Aliases and shorthands may also be used (and even defined):

function Component() {
return <p sx={{ bg: '#f9c' /* pink */, paddingX: '1rem' }}>Hello, world!</p>;
  • The bg alias will be transformed into background
  • The paddingX shorthand can set paddingLeft and paddingRight at once

Each value may also be part of a scale. Store design tokens in a theme:

import { createTheme, defaultTokens } from 'glaze';
export default createTheme({
...defaultTokens, // Defines aliases like `bg`, shorthands and more
scales: {
...defaultTokens.scales, // Has several values, e.g. `spacing[4] === '1rem'`
color: { highlight: '#f9c' },

So then, we can rearchitect the initial example in a scalable manner:

function Component() {
return <p sx={{ bg: 'highlight', paddingX: 4 }}>Hello, world!</p>;

Concepts like these will be thoroughly explained in the next chapters. Follow along and delve into the world of styling with confidence and convenience.