[development] New Themes for New Drupal

Gabor Hojtsy gabor at hojtsy.hu
Tue Aug 29 22:36:43 UTC 2006

On Tue, 29 Aug 2006, Angela Byron wrote:
> On 29-Aug-06, at 1:17 PM, Trae McCombs wrote:
> On the other hand, what would help A LOT is if someone with a "design eye" 
> would point out specific places in the themes where there are problems and, 
> where possible, suggest alternatives (people have been doing this with the 
> Zen Beach colour scheme, which is great). Alternatively, even if you as a 
> designer don't have time to do a theme yourself, you can help by pointing out 
> a look and feel of another website or something that would qualify as "sexy," 
> or specific elements we can try and incorporate into the design to use as 
> inspiration.

Let me plug in eaton from the IRC conversation around the theme.

> <eaton> Sigh. on the dev list, the advice being given is:
> Make it sexy and snazzy, but make it simply and bare-bones.
> <eaton> heh.

Angie did not ask me, but Trae, although let me take the opportunity. 
*I* expected to see a theme like Deliciously Blue introduced in core for 
4.8/5.0. It is the "sexy and snazzy, but simle and bare-bones" I would 
dream about for Drupal core. It should be simple to do, not many images, 
etc. Let me quote "Mars" from the OSWD page of Deliciously Blue:

| Stunning design. It's so simple and yet it's beautiful.
| I never thought simple could mean beautiful, simply excellent.

At OWSD: http://www.oswd.org/design/information/id/2634
As a Drupal theme: http://drupal.org/project/deliciously_blue

Of course it might need some better treatment for the blocks, plus make 
it fluid, but if I would have time to do a *simple* theme for Drupal core, 
I would go this way (not exatly with this theme). Because of the looks of 
it. It's blue (maybe not blue enough, but it could be solved), it looks 
dynamic, fresh and overall sexy.

BTW I just reviewed core themes, and I was shocked to see that not only 
bluemarine, but chameleon (plus marvin which is based on it) and 
pushbutton is also using tables for layout. Four out of the four core 
themes! All use tables! Pushbutton uses a one cell table for the footer 
for example. Incredible. Unbelievable.


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