Designing Headaches For Newbies

Now that I do have some of the mood and inspiration to start working on the theme again, it seems that I’m defeated by a slight oversight. I have no idea what the new codes do in the new theme. It’s hard enough positioning the theme to suit my liking. It’s another to start programming it to work with what you want. So what’s left is 2 hours of getting nowhere which is more than I can say for good progress.

Seeing that I’m going nowhere with the theme, here is a list of the things I’m left doing with the theme so that I can start guessing when I can finish and panicking when the deadline gets closer. It’s not exactly a design trac, but you could probably think of it as one.

  1. Theme Selection
  2. Colour Contrast:
    • Title
    • Links
    • Entries
  3. Photoshop Graphics:
    • Header
    • Sidebar
    • Icons
    • Comment
  4. Sidebar:
    • Positioning
    • Width
    • Meta data
  5. Comment:
    • Positioning
    • Trackback Separation
    • Text area tweaks
  6. Custom Pages:
    • About
    • Archives
    • Contact
    • Links

I think there is some more, but those are the important bits that I can pull off from the top of my head. I can sweat the smaller miscellaneous stuff later.

I suppose I can finish off the rest of the things that I’m not stuck on, but it’s hard to start doing something you’re not in the mood for. I should probably drop by the WordPress IRC channel or the 9rules forums and ask about the headache of a problem. Nothing like people who know what they are doing to give you a heads up on what wall you’re repeatedly running into blindly. I’ll just have to wait for my eye to stop twitching first.

That’s always a good idea.

11 thoughts on “Designing Headaches For Newbies

  1. CSS coder’s block? lol… take a break and come back.

    Or like me… I know I can never design anything remotely web2.0-ish… so I stick with what I do best- Black and White

  2. More like unable to read PHP. I’ve got the designs in my head, it’s just that those take time to do. It’s the programming that gets my nerves.

  3. :(… well I have not much problems on that.. just problems with the absolute lack of ideas for designs πŸ™

    I take it you’ve upgraded to the extremely clunky 2.1?

  4. Not on this blog of course. There are too many customized core codes for a smooth switch. It’s on the sandbox so that I can work things out before I port it over.

  5. Huei: Thanks. Don’t hold your breath though. I’m not really good at this.

    Ivette: No no no. Don’t do that…then I’ll try very very very hard to come up with something great which is out of reach.

  6. I always have a problem of not knowing what I want a blog to look like… I’m just about ready to customize a layout for heartfulls, but I don’t want it to look like my other two blogs. >

  7. ChickyBabe: Gulp…sorry ma cherie. But you know how powerful the siren calls of blogging are. πŸ™‚

    Joy: Surf around. Try look at what you like and ask yourself, what can you do with what you like. What would you use and what do your readers use. Lots of statistics and demographics go into designing a layout that’s just as practical as it is pretty. Took me a while to know what I wanted.

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