Sketchbook/Portfolio suitable theme

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  • #524217

    samanziaie
    Member

    Hi all,

    Basically I’ve been looking for a theme to start my blog, which is to be for my paintings/sketches etc and I’ve been struggling a fair bit.

    The last couple of days I was playing around with the theme “structure” but the ‘featured image’ wasn’t quite what I’m looking for, it seemed more suitable for an e-zine sort of thing, rather than skethbook/portfolio blog. I really liked the fonts and the way the text showed up it was quite elegant, but I was looking more for a running blog where I can put a load of larger images up with some text.

    Right now the theme is “coraline” and I prefer the 2-column aspect of it, but I’m not sure about the wdith and the tab fonts… although I do like the fact that there is space between the top of the page and the header.

    Some other themes I’ve briefly previewed are Duotone, Modularity Lite, Wu Wei, Oulipo, Twenty Ten, Neutra, Powerpunch, PressRow, Simpla.

    I was wondering if anyone had any experience, suggestions and recommendations as to what the best theme for this sort of art blog would be. I’d like something that is simple, quite elegant in terms of fonts used and not too big and bulky so the focus is more on the images than anything else.

    Thanks,

    Saman

    The blog I need help with is samanziaie.wordpress.com.

    #524370

    1tess
    Moderator Emeritus
    #524539

    samanziaie
    Member

    Thanks for the links 1tess, I had a look around and saw some I liked so at the moment it’s on vigilance. I really like Vigilance and Oulipo but the width is a bit of an issue. I’ll work with one of them for now though and maybe get an upgrade or something.

    I’m just wondering though… howcome there is a CSS upgrade and typekit fonts?

    Is there any point getting the typekit if you get the CSS upgrade?

    Also, am I right in thinking that if I was to get my own website with my own host, install wordpress I am totally free to do whatever I want with it without paying for upgrades etc?

    #524575

    hallluke
    Member

    The free version of Typekit lets you use two custom fonts on your website. These are downloaded to your visitors computer, so if they didn’t have the font installed previously, they will still be able to see it. The CSS upgrade lets you specify fonts but they will only show if your visitor already has them installed. Search “web safe fonts” to see some examples of what is available. Currently the CSS upgrade strips out the @font-face rule so you can’t mimic the behaviour of Typekit.

    If you host your own blog you have a bit more freedom but you’ll need to pay for hosting each month and take care of installation and upgrades and all the other technical details that we don’t have to worry about here. Sticking with wordpress.com is definitely cheaper even if you do need a few of the upgrades.

    If do a lot of CSS work here so if you do buy the upgrade and want a custom skin for your blog then get in touch and I might be able to come up with something.

    #524593

    samanziaie
    Member

    Thanks hallluke. So you are saying that if I got the CSS upgrade and wanted to use something like Trajan Pro, Adobe Garamond Pro or Adobe Calson Pro (for example) it wouldn’t show up on the person who is viewing, their screen? i wasn’t quite clear on that bit. If I were to get my own hosting, would others be able to view these kind of fonts? Also, thanks for the offer.

    #524625

    hallluke
    Member

    To clarify: if you modify the CSS with the upgrade to specify certain non-standard fonts they will only appear to users who already have the fonts installed on their systems (bundled with a word processor or some other application). For users who don’t have those fonts installed you can either declare second/third/fourth choice fonts to attempt to use, or the browser will pick a default font to display.

    p {font-family:"Some Obscure Font",times,serif;}

    The code above will try to display using “Some Obscure Font” but failing that will use Times, and if that can’t be found then it will use the default serif font.

    If you were to get your own hosting and use the wordpress.org install and you learned how to use the @font-family rule for CSS and uploaded the fonts you want to use (and took care of the hundred-and-one other things to keep your blog up and running) then “yes” you could use any font you like. It is quite a lot of effort though.

    I would suggest you chose relatively common fonts to display using the CSS upgrade, and pick numerous fall-back options that look similar, just in case!

    #524626

    missclc
    Member

    What about Modularity Lite, Monotone, or Duotone?

    #524629

    raincoaster
    Member

    What about them? I’ve used the last two, and they’re fiddly in the extreme. You can change the look of any theme at WP.com with the CSS upgrade, but it is limited to your abilities with CSS. Same with Typekit, only the ONLY people who will see your fab new fonts are those who already have that font themselves. That doesn’t change with the theme.

    I actually like Fusion as a phototheme; you can remove the sidebars entirely and it gives you a HUGE space to work with.

    #524630

    missclc
    Member

    …….I’m not the original poster….. I’m just some random person giving a suggestion. Sorry to offend…….

    I do think that WordPress needs to get a photo blog theme in there with the thumbnails running along the bottom or the side.

    #524631

    raincoaster
    Member

    I wasn’t offended, I was just confused. I thought you were asking a question.

    #524632

    missclc
    Member

    I kind of was; but I was more giving a suggestion than anything.

    Modularity Lite also can remove sidebars. It just won’t have any widget areas if you do….

    #524645

    samanziaie
    Member

    Thanks so much for the explanation halluke, that makes a lot of sense now.

    I think I’m getting there with the blog, getting used to the little tricks etc (ie. line breaks shift-return etc). Managed to get the contact form up as well.

    misscic, thanks I did preview them and try some of them but I think I’m going to settle on Vigilance for now. I liked this one (and Oulipo)… the focus is more on the content which is good for what I want to do but the font/layout is simple and elegant.

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