Thursday, 3 February 2005
I recently went through the Nucleus skin repository. There were 14 skins in total, but I was generally a bit disappointed with the quality of the skins. There was of course one exception: Stanch, created by Ivan of Stach.net. Ivan donated the skin he created for his own website.
I’m not going to do the same. I wanted rakaz.nl to be something unique and as soon as I see a blog largely similar to mine I’ll probably start redesigning. So I decided I would do something else: create a series of new skins. Some of these skins are roughly inspired by existing designs, some are completely new.
The way I am designing these skins are as follows. First I create a sketch in Photoshop until I am satisfied with the design. I then take a pre-built ‘empty’ example page, which I then style with CSS to match the design I made in Photoshop. As soon as I have 6 of these example pages I will turn them into fully working skins So far I’ve have ideas for all 6 skins and I am working on the design of the fourth. The example pages for 3 of them are finished.
None of these designs are final, but I you have some preliminary comments, I would be glad to hear them. However, please don’t comment on the XHTML or CSS just yet, it is still very much a work in progress.