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  • # January 4, 2009 at 3:21 pm

    Hi,

    I’m pretty new to the whole web design front. While I can code pretty efficiently in a few languages I’m still learning to put my hand to CSS, Javascript etc.

    What I would like is your opinion on the template I’m working on for my blog. Currently I’m just developing it as a static site but will be intending on converting it into a theme for WP.

    I wanted to go with a clean simple look, something of that like thebignoob.com. While I am currently happy with the way my site is going I’m worried it is too simple.

    This is the site in its current state.
    http://development.joebradshaw.net

    I’m intending on implementing the login next to the title on the right and then filling the boxes on the side with about info, twitter and perhaps the blog options. Also please note this is no where near finished. :D

    Anyway, enough of my ramble. I would just like some advice on stylisation and where I should and shouldn’t take this design.

    Thank you in advance.

    Regards,
    Retro or Joe…as I think my site gave it away :?

    # January 4, 2009 at 11:25 pm

    go to http://www.themeforest.net and look at the wordpress sites. You’re site is way to simple. far to much text. Not nearly enough design.

    # January 5, 2009 at 3:29 am

    Agreed.

    It’s a good simple start on the layout, but currently you don’t have any sort of nav…

    Rob
    # January 5, 2009 at 6:25 am

    I agree with the guys above, although I can see the potential. If you keep going down the road you are going, I think you will have yourself a really nice and elegant design.

    Looking at the wordpress sites for inpiriation is a great idea by cyber :) Also for sites that use more text than images, maybe thats the way you want to go, have a look here:

    http://ilovetypography.com/

    :D

    # January 5, 2009 at 9:13 am

    Tbh, I’m not exactly sure where I’m taking it.

    I had an idea in my head but I think it would be a wise idea for me to create some form of mock-up to work from.

    Due to lack of content at the moment, the designs don’t seem to come together and that’s when I’ll get frustrated and change the design completely.

    I’ll use the advice given and look through some of the WordPress websites for inspiration.

    Thanks,
    Retro.

    Rob
    # January 5, 2009 at 9:27 am
    "Retro" wrote:
    Tbh, I’m not exactly sure where I’m taking it.

    I had an idea in my head but I think it would be a wise idea for me to create some form of mock-up to work from.

    Due to lack of content at the moment, the designs don’t seem to come together and that’s when I’ll get frustrated and change the design completely.

    I’ll use the advice given and look through some of the WordPress websites for inspiration.

    Thanks,
    Retro.

    What I do is have a look round, grab a few ideas and write them down, writing seems to solidifiy ideas – colours are also important to think about at this stage adobe kula is a great tool for this – then do a sketch idea of a layout, with doodles left right and centre… take as many pages as you want and refine it into something websiteish. Then after that get in Photoshop and start making that mock up :) Remeber its always evolving, it could end up in photoshop nothing like what you had in your sketch – but the sketching helped hammer out some ideas…

    Then you refine your photoshop idea – start thinking about how its going to work in code (I like to do that as I design, it can save time later on) – by the end of that you should have a good mockup ready for the slice :)

    Thats what I do anyway, for brand new ideas anyway … :)

    # January 5, 2009 at 10:52 am

    Cheers for the great advice.

    Gonna get working on some ideas. If you have any recommended websites for inspiration or good blog compilations. I know there is Google but just wanted to see if anyone had any specific recommendations.

    Cheers,
    Retro.

    Rob
    # January 5, 2009 at 11:13 am
    "Retro" wrote:
    Gonna get working on some ideas. If you have any recommended websites for inspiration…

    Here are my normal inspirational haunts :)

    http://www.bittbox.com/category/inspiration/
    http://www.webdesignerwall.com/tag/inspiration/
    http://www.fuelyourcreativity.com/categ … gn-design/
    http://resourcepile.com/category/collec … llections/
    http://sharebrain.info/category/brainpicks/inspiration/
    http://www.smashingmagazine.com/categor … spiration/

    :D

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