I’ve been working with version 1 and I have some thoughts on the way the css is put together for the default theme and what would make a good blank theme.
The idea behind a blank theme is having a starting point for new designs. As a designer I don’t want my site to look like the default theme at all, but that really requires going through a very long boxes.css to find the elements and make the change.
I have already tried to do this and found that it is a big task to separate that which is necessary and that which is purely aesthetics. A lot of page elements use an image as a background, these would need to be changed to use html elements by default so that without being styled, they are still displayed and functional.
These are just my thoughts and I would love to hear yours. Thanks.
I would love to help with this endeavor and would like some help from someone maybe a bit more experiences with magento.