Does it have the look?

This is a small curious piece.  I am trying to find the perfect theme for my blog.  As you can see, well, mmm, ummm.  How can I say this because you will be reading this with the currently selected theme so it will not make a lot of sense.

This was my original theme.

image

I felt it worked for the moment, and in some ways it still does.  I find the problem with this is no so much the look of the theme but the colours of some of the words.  The word recently… is difficult to see due to the background it sits on.

My current theme looks like a bound leather piece I like it, but it doesn’t fit the technological nature of the posts.

image Does provide a clean feel, text is easy to read and is simple in its layout. 

So now, I am wondering through the plethora of themes available to me, trying to find one that fits, enable me to express myself and something that is me.

I am a developer, I COULD decide to create one.  But I am not a designer and therefore it would be functional but not pleasing to the eye.

image I like this one.  Simple in nature, but the Tagline, mmm.  Not a good look, OK if it is short, but not so with mine.  pass.

A difficult choice with this is picking something I like, but something that is easy to read for those who are reading it.

image

Nice but a little bland and busy in my eyes.  It is however something I like, would prefer it if it had more whitespace.

image There is something nice about it but like the one above it lacks colour and punch.  I like it but not so much so that I want it there for any length of time.

image Colour is there, which I think helps.  See the difference between this one and the one above, it is very similar yet with the blue this one is more appealing, well to me it is.

image I kind of like it.  But it really doesn’t make use of available space.  It is hard enough to write and include pictures for themes of certain widths when I had them, but this seems to be really squashing things.  Though I like it more than the others I have placed here, though I would change that banner image.

I do not like themes that mix the pages with the categories.  I have too many categories to have them fit nicely across the page.  One might say I need to provide some austerity measures to my categories.  But I like them and I will keep them that way.  Force it upon me and I will take to the streets as in Greece.

image Interesting,  I am not sure how I feel…

image I nice wide format, but I dislike reading black background with white text, it is hard on the eyes and I feel it leaves patterns I can still see ages after I have read it.

I am up to the Ms in the A-Z list of themes.

image That is just truly awful, it isn’t merely someone trying to do a cure take on it but should have at least put more effort into the formatting of it to make sure there isn’t too much of one thing.

image There is a lot of room for the articles, and if you buy it, it will come with the ability to modify the colours.

image I prefer that to the all blue, and if so, and dependant on the cost, is the winner thus far.

image Rounded corners, I am not sure the Apple legal department has seen this one as they might claim it infringes on their patent for a rectangle with rounded corners, pushed the envelope of innovation they are.

image I like it.  Much room to write in.  It is simple.  Provide some icons for social sites.  Interesting.  So far number 1 in my list.  Since the previous number 1 is well not free.  So, having this one costs me nothing, unless I want to mess around with the colours more.

Now I am into the Premium themes.  These cost money therefore I would expect them to have a higher level of quality and finish to them.

image The default colours were a little garish but able to modify them and things became a little more subtle.

Well it is done.  I have picked a theme, done some customising and we have my new site look and feel.

image There will need to be some changes to posts to accommodate the slightly reduce editing space, and I will possibly need to remove the search widget (man I really hate that name) from my side bar.

Took better part of a few hours to come up with the ideal look and getting that picture.  For anyone who is curious, that is a picture of the Dune Sea, I will be regularly changing this picture and will provide a special post about it too.

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Posted on November 21, 2012, in Inspiration, Michael Rogers and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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