If..Else Log

Mephisto Simpla theme

Justin informed me earlier this week that Mephisto, the RoR blogging system which he and Rick have lovingly crafted, has just had a new release and is now using a Liquid powered Simpla as it’s default theme.

I’m a bit late in posting this but great work guys.

TXP theme port of ATAD themes

Stuart has ported the themes developed for the ‘a theme a day week‘ to TXP. Thanks again Stuart for your hard work and effort in carrying out another sterling job.

The next part of a theme a day

What a week! Based on the response and the results, ‘a theme a day’ wasn’t too bad;) So the next thoughts on everyone’s mind is where next?

Well, I’m planning to do a writeupThe question is, should it be one post or another series? ;) on this week’s feature where I’ll be talking about the design process, lessons learnt and other (hopefully) interesting points.

In preparation for that, I was wondering if I could ask a favour of anyone who has been tuning in; could you answer a couple of questions for me? Just post a comment with your responses to the following:

  • Can you rank the themes in order of personal preference?
  • Are you planning to use any of these themes?
  • Have any of this feature inspired you (whether it’s the challenge itself or the designs)?

Thanks.

Also, the themes are currently in the process of being ported to TXP. Stuart, who has a great track record of converting themes, is currently doing me a favour and is undertaking the port. When they’re ready, I’ll make an announcement on this site.

Hopefully everyone has enjoyed this feature. Who knows, I might do this again next year but for now, I’m going to take a bit of a breakI’ll also be going back to clean up the themes released now that the pressure’s off;):) Blogging might be a little slow for the next few days whilst I get back up to speed but stay tuned.

Release of the Bosa theme

After a break in our scheduled programming, it is time to reveal the final theme in the ‘a theme a day’ week feature. Today’s theme is Bosa, a theme that is big and bold but which also carries an air of calm tranquility.

Bosa

Take a look at the demo site and if you find that it’s the one for you, head over to the theme page and download it for yourself.

Today’s notes

This one underwent a quite a lot of restructuring. It flipped between 3 columns to 2 columns, colour scheme jumping from dark to light, dimensions went from wide to narrow and from elastic to fixed width.

Despite (or because of that) I think that were it not for my self imposed ‘a theme a day’ constraints, I might not have released this theme. I’m not entirely happy with this release but I said a theme would be coming so here you are. For each day’s release, I’ve tried to offer something different from what’s gone on before. Whilst I don’t think that I’d personally go with this design myself, I’m sure that it’ll catch someone’s fancy;)

Bosa theme

In action

Bosa is a calm, serene theme developed for WordPress. Take a look at the demo site and see what you think or head on over to the blog post to find out more and post a comment.

Bosa

Legal Stuff

This theme is licensed under a CC Attribution-ShareAlike license.

Download and Installation

You can download Bosa here. After you download the theme, you’ll need to extract it to your <WP_INSTALL>/wp-content/themes/ directory. Then log into WP and activate the theme from within your presentation panel.

Cost

This theme costs exactly £0.00 including tax :-) There’s absolutely no obligation to pay anything at all. If you like it enough to use, then feel free to send a link back this way or even an email. If you really like it, then of course my Amazon Wishlist is always open for friendly donations:-)

Changelog

Version Date Description Files changed
1.0 26/02/2006 Initial release n/a
1.01 26/02/2006 Fixed ‘sidebar white background’ bug in IE style.css, wrap.gif
1.02 26/02/2006 Fixed ‘collapsing sidebar bug’ in IE style.css

Jentri theme

In action

Jentri is a smart and sophisticated theme developed for WordPress. Take a look at the demo site and see what you think or head on over to the blog post to find out more and post a comment.

Jentri

Legal Stuff

This theme is licensed under a CC Attribution-ShareAlike license.

Download and Installation

You can download jentri here. After you download the theme, you’ll need to extract it to your <WP_INSTALL>/wp-content/themes/ directory. Then log into WP and activate the theme from within your presentation panel.

Cost

This theme costs exactly £0.00 including tax :-) There’s absolutely no obligation to pay anything at all. If you like it enough to use, then feel free to send a link back this way or even an email. If you really like it, then of course my Amazon Wishlist is always open for friendly donations:-)

Thanks

The lovely background is based on one of Travis Beckham’s SquidFinger creations. I’m sure you’ll agree with me that it feels at home in this setting.

Changelog

Version Date Description Files changed
1.0 24/02/2006 Initial release n/a
1.0 26/02/2006 Fixed typo (Jentri incorrectly spelt as Gentri) footer.php
1.01 27/02/2006 Increased font size as a result of popular demand style.css

Release of the Jentri theme

The week draws to the end and the weekend beckons allowing us to temporarily forget about the stress and tribulations of work and concentrate on R&R. With the cold weather outside, one way to relax is to curl up in bed or by a fire and immerse yourself into a good book.

jentri_screenshot.png

Today’s offering for ‘a theme a day’ week is reminiscent of such; for me, it gives off an air of comforting sophistication and provides a lovely canvas for your thoughts and insights to reside. Give a warm welcome to the Jentri theme. Take a look at the demo site and if you find that it’s the one for you, head over to the theme page and download it for yourself.

Today’s notes

Phew. This one only just made it inOK, so I lie. I had a whole two minutes to spare:)! Unfortunately, my computer froze twice in the middle of releasing the themesNeed to fork out some money for a new machine, methinks but it all looks fine now.

Today’s design was another one that evolved as the day went on. Initially, it started off looking more cream and blue; however, that the bookish feel was one worth expounding on which, through various twists and turns, led to the one you see now.

Coincidence and perspective

Talking of twists and turns, just as I was polishing up the release of Jentri, Andrea ArbogastAs an aside, I love the design of Interllectual for it’s distinctiveness and expressiveness. publicised the release of her latest project. As Andrea notes in her entry, though we worked on the designs seperately and without knowledge of what the other was doing, we had independently used similar design elements in our works.

The other interesting point was that, though there were similarities on a layout level, each site have a totally different look and feel. One thing that I really like about her designActually, there is a lot to like, especially the cool vertical bars on the left is the balance that the wonderfully designed logo header brings to the piece. What’s makes this pertinent is that this is a good place to start customising the themes that I’ve released.

Whilst I’ve designed them to stand well on their own, I think a little bit of work in bringing an identity to your site can work wonders.

Additional notes

The lovely background is based on one of Travis Beckham’s SquidFinger creations. I’m sure you’ll agree with me that it feels at home in this setting.

Release of Treba theme

And it’s another day in ‘a theme a day’ week which means, of course, another theme. Today’s selection is Treba. Once again, it’s all about the words and Treba’s clean design let’s you concentrate on the content; after all content is king. Take a look at the demo site and see what you think.

Treba

Today’s note

Today was probably the most difficult day so far. As mentioned, I’m designing and developing the themes as I go along and the limited time constraints really hit me todayDamn you House! That’s another valuable hour gone watching you when I could have been developing:).

What made it harder was that that the design I had in my head didn’t really work when transferred to digital bits. The colours clashed and the design didn’t really balance. I went through several iterationsIf I have time after this, I may upload some of them. The original and interim designs were really quite different from the final result. before settling on the one that you see now.

Backups

Also, as an aside, I had a bit of a scare last night as shortly my site went down. Fortunately, it came back up but it made me realise that I had no up-to-date backups. Not very wise and now rectified.

So with day 4 out of the way, I can catch a few hours of sleep and hopefully dream about what to do for tomorrow:)

Timestamps

Looks like my server time setting is an hour fast which meant that this post appears to have been posted on Friday morning. I’d go back in and change things but breaking links is bad.

Release of Ambiru theme

I’ll confess to having a soft spot for single column designs; I like the clarity of purpose they provide and how no-nonsense they are; when you go to a blog with a single column design, your first point of attention are the posts. One of the first WP themes that I worked on was single column and it’s good to be able to develop another one for the ‘a theme a day’ feature. Give a warm welcome to Ambiru.

Ambiru

For me, Ambiru gives off an air of calm tranquility. The lovely header imageWhich I had a bit of help with. With the tight time constraints, I decided to ask my brother Mike if he’d could spare a bit of his time to help me develop a header image whilst I worked on the rest of the design. Much appreciated especially with the tight time constraints which he had to play with. brings a nice piece of balance to the design.

Speaking of header images and themes; back in the early days of WP, there was one theme that was so popular that it became the default theme. I, of course, am talking about Michael’s Kubrick theme. One of the main reasons behind it’s success was how easy it was for people to add their personal touch to things by changing the header image. Likewise, if you want to do the same with Ambiru, simply replace the header.png file with a 500×225 image of your choice. If you want to delve a little deeper with your customising, jump into the style.css which should be nicely organised for youLike all the themes I’ve released this week, not only are the CSS classes organised into logical blocks but I’ve also taken the time to alphabetise the properties for you. Makes things easier for you and easier for me.

So take a look at Ambiru and if you like it, why not give it a download?

Today’s note

Just wanted to say thank you to everyone who’s left a kind comment, words of encouragements or linked to this site. This week long feature is really hard workThe smart thing to have done was to spent some time planning and doing some preparatory work before embarking on this crazy venture. Perhaps waiting till I had a free week would have been more sensible. But what is life without a bit of spontaneity and carefree rashness?, and though it’s one that I quite happily enjoy doing, but knowing that the work is appreciated makes things so much easier.

Ambiru theme

In action

Ambiru is a calm, reassuring theme developed for WordPress. Feel free to take a look at it on the demo site or read the associated blog entry.

Ambiru

Legal Stuff

This theme is licensed under a CC Attribution-ShareAlike license.

Download and Installation

You can download the theme here. After you download the theme, you’ll need to extract it to your <WP_INSTALL>/wp-content/themes/ directory. Then log into WP and activate the theme from within your presentation panel.

Cost

This theme costs exactly £0.00 including tax :-) There’s absolutely no obligation to pay anything at all. If you like it enough to use, then feel free to send a link back this way or even an email. If you really like it, then of course my Amazon Wishlist is always open for friendly donations:-)

Changelog

Version Date Description Files changed
1.0 22/02/2006 Initial release n/a