Trying Out a New Theme

By | 2009/03/07

After toying with a few new themes I have activated one of them on this blog today. I’d love to hear your thoughts on the change. Better? Worse? Anything missing? Drop by, leave a comment, and tell me what you think.

P.S. I know OpenID is broken. I’m looking into it..

16 thoughts on “Trying Out a New Theme

  1. Jarno

    It looks pretty okay. But I do miss the left column content when looking at a specific post. I would show the contents everywhere, not only on the homepage.

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  2. Lorenz

    Strange, I cannot see anything but text and some blocked out Google Ads. Does Adblock+ mess up the formatting here?

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  3. Lorenz

    Nvm my last comment. I somehow thought you were talking about an Ubuntu theme. The one you are using on your blog now seems a bit too simplistic for my taste – might just need some “eye candy” 😉

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  4. Jon Leaman

    Sorry, but I liked the old theme much better. There is nothing wrong with change, as long as it’s for the better.

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  5. Vadim P.

    I don’t like the new way. Much too different from other sites and uncomfortable to look at.

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    1. Christer Edwards Post author

      @Vadim – Do you have any themes that you might suggest that would be more “comfortable” to look at?

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  6. Fr33d0m

    Can’t say I like it much. I always thought your BLOG was one of the better looking minimalist looking BLOGs. Now its just odd.

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  7. Steven

    1. The link columns should be on the right. This page setup works well for right-to-left reading but not for left to right. I read a line of text and then, instead of reading the next line of text, I read the links columns.

    2. The “Comment” text should be above the comment box, not to the right. If you want to keep it on the right you should center it. currently it looks like an error in the page.

    Otherwise, it is a nice theme.

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  8. Christer Edwards Post author

    @Steven – I just switched the layout–the links are now on the right, and I do prefer this. Thanks for communicating what I couldn’t quite place–something was odd.

    I do think it looks better now. Thank you for the feedback.

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  9. Mike

    Yeah, I don’t know. I liked the old one. It was distinctive, and had a good feel. This new one, almost all the text is about the same size. It’s hard to know what’s the title, subtitle, title of the post, headers for the columns, etc. The old one, that stuff was obvious. Obvious = Good!

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  10. Fr33d0m

    Those links are much better on the right–but I echo the others who are calling the old theme back.

    What I see here is a desire to be more minimalist–a good goal generally (even if that isn’t your goal). But minimalism can be a black hole that sucks your soul into the abyss. That’s where you are right now. As has been pointed out above, your text treatment is without meaning–almost everything is the same.

    An example of a good minimalist site that fits what it appears that you are trying to achieve is http://www.oregonwebweavers.com/website_design_services/website_design_text.cfm

    Good resource if you are looking for them are: http://ilovetypography.com/2008/02/28/a-guide-to-web-typography/

    http://informationarchitects.jp/the-web-is-all-about-typography-period/

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