Around the release of WordPress 2.7, I made a number of themes for the blogging engine. They’re all available here, but they lack many of the coolest and newest features from the last few versions of WordPress. It’s now mid 2011 and I’m hoping to have some stuff based on current version of WordPress by the end of the year, but given my modest skills and motivation, I’d encourage you not to hold your breath.
I’ve been neglectful about updating this page. Kaleidoscope is pretty much where what little time I find for designing and developing goes.
Carter’s Line is a theme based on two basic ideas:
- Draw a line down the page and make everything drawn toward it, with varying strength. This line will also be the only line on the whole page (text underlines excluded).
- Use two fonts designed by Matthew Carter, Georgia and Verdana.
The result is both simple and elegant. It’s not the most refined and snazzy theme on the planet, but it’s plainness conveys the importance of your content.
BWO is a simple theme, with a sidebar to the right of the content and solidly under the title. It’s both well built and well commented, so that modification should be relatively easy. But have no fear, as you can already see, BWO is also good without modification, and can be dropped into place like any other WordPress theme.
Variations on a theme
All these themes are based on, in pretty obvious ways, the BWO theme. Some of them are more interesting and innovative than others, but all keep true to the three colors, one font idea of BWO.
Like it’s daddy BWO, BWO_one has only three colors, one font, and no images. So how’s it different? Where BWO has a sidebar next to the content columns, BWO_one is just the content. The (widgetized) sidebars are still there, but they’re now in the footer. Having only one column is both a growing trend, a way to remove distractions from your content, and a way to just be cool. (Forked at BWO v0.50.)
BWO_space is in some ways the opposite of BWO_one. Primarily, BWO is a modest redesign of BWO which emphasizes white space. It also move the navigation links to the left of the content (rather than above it), and has sharp divisions between all sections of the layout. (Forked at BWO v0.50.)
BWO_doodle is a simple — read rudimentary — modification of BWO. Little changed, but now the theme is outlines by some basic doodles instead of hard black lines. It’s playful, but hardly polished. (Forked at BWO v0.20.)
BWO_invert is exactly like BWO, but with the colors inverted. It’s most just a fun little variation I threw together in a few minutes to see what it would look like. I’m surprised how much I like it, especially that shade of blue. (Forked at BWO v0.50.)