Options for a Facelift

I’ve just spent the last little while playing with some of the new themes that Edublogs has just installed, and there are some very interesting ones in there.  Some are very minimal and others are just way over the top, but it’s good to have a few extra choices.  I especially like the way that most of the new ones seem to have a range of options for customisation of fonts, colours and page width.  I’m a big fan of simplicity – hence the previous theme I’d been using – but there were times when even I thought it looked just a bit too spartan in its design.

One of the blog template design trends that I don’t like is narrow text columns.  I’ve always preferred text width to be specified in terms of percentage not pixels, allowing the window size to scale gracefully.  Many templates still use pixel-based width definitions, so narrowing the options down to those that scale nicely was pretty easy.  Then I looked at the options for each template, played with the various widget customisations options, and finally settled on this new look… Love it?  Hate it? Your comments are welcome.

As a web designer guy from way back, I can’t get over how much simpler this stuff is now that we have effectively separated design from content with CSS.  It’s hardly a new idea I know, but the idea of being able to change the look of a site without affecting the content is a wonderful thing.

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