Archive for the ‘Designs’ Category

WordPress theme in progress: Sweet Dreams

I’ve been doing a bit of work on getting this design ready for public release, but there’s still a long way to go. The major issue slowing things down is the large and soon-to-be-obvious fact that I don’t have a clear idea of what I want the final product to be.

So far I’ve set it up with three widths (920px, 760px and fluid) and five different colour schemes.

You can see all the other options at the also-a-work-in-progress theme page. If you’d like, you can download what’s been done so far, but keep in mind that there will most likely be some major changes before I ‘officially’ release it. So really, only do that if you want to help bug hunt, give suggestions on how to improve it, etc…


Some points I’m pondering that I’d really appreciate your feedback on (open questions for all, you don’t have to have used it or even WordPress itself):

Should I use javascript to make the sidebar sections alternate?

Basically I don’t see how I can get things alternating with widgets the way it is, not to mention blogrolls, categories…etc. There could be an option to turn it off.

Should I kill some of the colour schemes?

Five’s a bit excessive, isn’t it? I intend to do some more work on all the schemes except blue/green, but you get the general idea about how they look. Which should stay and which get booted?

One thing I don’t want to do is split the different widths and colours into additional themes. I foresee maintaining them all would be a massive headache, and basically if I can keep things easy to update I’m more likely to put aside time to do so. I wouldn’t mind creating ‘add-on packs’ with the colour schemes that get kicked out though, there are already several I’ve already rejected through no fault of their own, and it seems silly not to share them just because they weren’t to my taste.

Also to do

  • First and foremost, a better header image
  • Option to add your own header image
  • Widget support

Final note

Above all and in reference to the alternating sidebar sections, I don’t want this to become something that you need to fuss with or know HTML/CSS to use. That would entirely defeat the purpose of why I do this in the first place.

WordPress Theme: Remember

WordPress theme: Remember Due to popular request, my old purple turtle theme has been revamped and released. The sea turtle had to go as it was a stock photo, so I replaced it with some of my gold guppies (there’s an option to get rid of them if you’re not a fish fan).

“Remember” is released under the GPL and Widgets are supported. The theme admin menu is powered by WordPress Theme Toolkit. Bandwidth for downloads is siphoned from

I’m pretty open to the idea of adding additional header images and/or colour options, the design was so much fun to make in the first place. Feel free to leave suggestions if that’s something you’d like to see, and let me know if I messed up anywhere.

See it in action on the demo blog »
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WordPress Theme: Thirteen

Wordpress theme: Thirteen A new theme for WordPress!

It’s somewhat similar to my current layout. Not much, but just a bit. Why call it Thirteen? The little doodles used in the theme came out of a sketchbook I kept when I was that age. Or maybe I was twelve then? Either way, Thirteen makes a much cooler name.

Important: By default, the header only fits a short blog name (under 20 characters or so), but this can easily be changed by opening up header.php and following its instructions.

Let me know what you think, bug reports are welcome. And I do promise something not fixed-width and centered for the next theme!

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Elegant Webscapes, Count Me In!

As of today, I am officially an associate designer for the ever-so talented and oh-so beautiful Elegant Webscapes team.

Lisa has been terrific, welcoming me and answering all my questions. I’m thankful for the opportunity and excited to get started. It’s like coffee; only more gratifying, more invigorating, and it doesn’t burn my tongue.

My thanks to E.Webscapes, and I’m looking forwards to working with (leeching onto) the stunning team.

WordPress Theme: Dusk

Dusk A new old theme for WordPress. The layout was originally released as a free template for Blogger, but I’ve now cleaned up the coding and converted into a theme for WP 1.5.

It’s quite simple and on the darker side, hopefully someone will put it to use. I haven’t spent a huge amount of time bug-hunting, so any error reports would be helpful.

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WordPress Theme: Ocadia

I’ve nearly completed my first free theme for WordPress – meet Ocadia.

Now I need a favour. Imagine I’m batting my eyelashes and looking somewhat like a cute puppy dog. Wander around the site a bit. Does anything break or look off? Is the loading time offensive in any way? If anything does appear on the strange side, please let me know where it happened and any details that you don’t mind divulging (e.g. operating system, browser version..etc).

Thanking you very much.

Oh yes, and the theme is indeed named after one of my pet turtles. Waffle belongs to the genus Ocadia (Chinese Golden Threads = Ocadia sinensis) and I wanted to make something pretty like him.

[Edit] It’s release time, grab it here. [/Edit]

Girl, Interrupted Layout

Earlier today I completed and uploaded Jenny’s new layout at Girl, Interrupted. It’s a bit more vintage than anything I’ve made before, so comments are welcome.

Site Designs

I’ve just completed and uploaded Melissa’s new design at Comotized. Take a looksie and send her some love, poor thing has a case of the sniffles right now. The header image changes, so feel free to knock yourself out clearing your cache and refreshing.

Next I have to start thinking of something gorgeous and girlie for Jenny.

Oh no, wait… Next I have a 12 page website due in two days. Well I do actually already have the design for that done, just not the 12 pages of writing. Damn.

Blast from the Past

I was perusing through a few old floppy disks the other day and stumbled upon some old, never released layouts.

They were all created between three and four years ago.

And now I wonder… Why on earth didn’t I know how to anti-alias? And what was with the mini-fonts?

I can proudly say though that I never, ever overloaded a page with animated gifs, or, everyone’s favourite, tYpe lIkE tHiS.

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