[development] New Themes for New Drupal
lists at jjeff.com
Tue Aug 29 23:36:23 UTC 2006
I feel like I should chime in here and set the record straight on a
few points that have been made in this thread.
First of all, the concept that "we should spend some money on this
and get some designers involved":
I hate to stoop to pulling out resumes here, but I worked on these
themes along with my wife Jennifer Niederst Robbins (go ahead...
google her). And though I would not call myself exclusively a
designer (though I have in the past), Jennifer and I both have a LOT
of design experience. Nathan Haug graduated with a degree in fine art
was hired on at Lullabot for his great skill as both a designer and
web developer. And we've all put in quite a bit of paid time on
these. So the idea of getting designers involved and spending some
money is already underway.
Lullabot has developed Drupal themes for MTV, TWiT, Participant
Productions, and others. A good standards-based CSS-compliant
starting theme is something that we've needed every single time. It's
something that we will use over and over, so I have no problem
spending money, time, and resources on it.
I would also encourage those who feel that they have some design/CSS
chops to get their hands dirty and come up with some other subthemes.
After all, it's called "Zen" in homage to the CSS Zen Garden's "try
it yourself" attitude.
The Zen theme is a framework for creating your own CSS-based themes.
I would love nothing more than to see several hundred better CSS-
based themes contributed and ready for release in Drupal 5.1. It
would mean that we'd have that many designers realizing the potential
In the meantime, please consider whether this is an improvement over
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