I've been putting together a little Joomla site – which is not at all influenced by Pinterest – and I've ended up paring it down to the point that I'm using maybe 5% of the underlying template, not to mention Joomla itself. I've reached a point where the template is more of a hindrance than a help, except for providing a pretty brilliant and smooth-acting mooMasonry foundation. The site has become so straightforward – though the underlying framework may not be trivial – that I'd like to recreate it either on a pretty simple masonry-based Joomla framework (if there is such a thing) or, better still, outside of Joomla entirely.
The critical feature would be a masonry foundation that will keep track of browser width, adjust the number and width of columns and dynamically arrange equal-width blocks within those columns, displaying all the items from a particular category, ideally displaying each block as soon as it's loaded. For full page content, it would need to keep track of browser height as well, to adjust the size of a Flash player and a Google Map, and maybe some sort of photo gallery. Aside from that, it would need to switch from a regular top menu to a mobile-format menu when the regular menu is about to overflow, and the width for that switch could he hard-coded. No users, no front-end editing or anything like that.
Thanks for any leads,