Ladies and gentlemen, put your 3D glasses on now. Finally, Think Artificial launches a custom design to go with the content. It took me time to get around to, but better late than never. Tailored to usher in tales from the future, from science fiction to science fact, this metamorphosis echoes ambition for the new year. And oh, does a side-by-side comparison make the last design look prehistoric. A dinosaur, and not the animatronic kind.
Aside from clean cut aesthetics, you’ll notice I’ve created a featured bar for flagship entries I want you to read. Not that I don’t want you to read all of my entries. But too often I’ve held back posting something simply because I don’t want to see another article float down into the dark corners of the archives.
I’ve also come to appreciate this arrangement on other sites — a nifty way to quickly get to know a site and make a decision on whether to push that lush, orange subscription button.
I develop new ideas rapidly. It doesn’t take me long to outgrow a certain design, to start loathing a specific illustration or to otherwise long for something new to shake free from a rut. This design harbors visual flexibility; the header is large with an extra dose of clear space, enabling freedom and flexibility for a range of image types that I switch when I feel like it. When I’m content with the header, the featured entries’ images are spices that ensure a frequent change of frontpage flavor.
Technical- and Meta Info
When deciding to create a new theme, there were two themes I trusted and considered for building on; Rapid Access by my buddy John Pozadzides, and Grid Focus by fellow 9ruler Derek Punsalan. I went with the latter, mainly because I am more comfortable with a fixed-width design and quickly realized how I could modify it to suit my needs. If you’re on the lookout for WordPress themes, I recommend having a look at these two. My thanks to the guys for offering them free of charge.
How’s My Driving?
I have several other improvements in mind; features that didn’t make the cut in this first version of rebirth. We’ll see some changes trickle in as we dig into the new year. I’m open to- and appreciate comments, as usual.
Welcome to the new Think Artificial. If you enjoyed last year’s stream of content, you’ll love 2008. Tell a stranger. Tell your robot.
Links and References
- Since I mentioned animatronic dinosaurs, have you heard about Dubai’s plans for a robotic Jurassic Park?
- Derek Punsalan’s Grid Focus theme
- John Pozadzides’ Rapid Access theme
- Special hat-tip to Mike Rundle for making inspirational delicious designs.