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New theme sketches

Yesterday, while I was installing Mountain Lion, I had some free time off screen. I figured it was a perfect opportunity to sketch out some ideas for my theme project.

Since I said I’d share my brainstorming here, well, here you have it!

I want the theme to be blog focused, but on the homepage I’d like to have either a dedicated area or a larger than normal sidebar for more static information, like an “about” widget. You can also see a concept for the portfolio / services section to be visible on just about any page. The single post layout would definitely include a nice featured image, but a video or audio post format could also utilize that space. Also, the sidebar would be a little more subtle on interior pages, to make way for the content.

I’m struggling a bit with the portfolio. You can see in the image on the right, somehow my pen just started drawing a mega slider, and before I knew it, there was slider inside a slider! I’m going to have to modify that : ) Anyway, I’m getting some ideas on paper, and soon I’ll have something to show you with a URL attached.

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6 thoughts on “New theme sketches

  1. I think the sort of half content half sidebar on the homepage would work as long as you have enough important/relevant info to put in the sidebar.

    1. Yeah, my intention is to make it basically an ‘About me’ area. I want a static-esque page, so it’s not really just a blog archive, but I want the blog to be the most important item. But I also want it to be really, really easy to find out more about the individual, considering this theme will be blog and portfolio dual-oriented.

      Thanks for the feedback : )

  2. Just so ya know…. I”m keeping an eye on this topic! — for inspiration. I really want to redesign my personal blog at rvoodoo.com. I got my blog page finished up, with most formats…. audio is a biggie on that site since I focus on a lot of local DJs. But I totally ran out of steam. I couldn’t figure out where to go, single posts looked like butt, etc. DUnno if I’m gonna pick up where I left off, or start over… but I’ve been watching other folks talk about redesigns to try to get my process in order (I don’t really have a process..so…)

  3. SLIDE ALL THE THINGS!

    But seriously, props for sharing this processes form end-to-end.

    Why bother with a slider on a portfolio? Why not use a custom post type for “Projects” and have the “Portfolio” list all the projects? That way, you could take advantage of next_post_link and previous_post_link and still maintain the single slider on each page?

    Not saying you’ve not considered this .. I just think the fewer sliders, the better :). I’m a fan of having a dedicated page for each project because of (a) the simplicity and (b) the benefits of having them index easier.

    1. Yeah, when I first drew the big arrows, I was thinking in terms of pagination not sliders. The issue was that the design would want to force one post per page in that scenario, which isn’t something I think I should force for a public theme archive. I think I’m going to rethink it a bit and try and get rid of that, but I wanted to avoid the overused three columns of thumbnails for a portfolio look : )

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