How I customized my Blog #5: Conclusion

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When I first started this blog over a year ago, I started a series aptly entitled How I customized my Blog #1 (see also parts 2, 3 & 4). My aim was to document my step-by-step approach setting up this site. However, since then I have shifted the focus of this site onto posts about my own work processes and technical articles about graphic design in general.

I intend to write about more of the unique projects I work on like Design of a large Foamex® Pitwheel, How to get a design job using tinned meat and Case Study of Logo Designs for St Luke’s church.

I also want to write more quality posts on color, such as What are the Benefits of Designing in RGB for CMYK Print? and the very popular The Professional Designer’s Guide to using Black.

I’m still finding my feet in the whole blogging arena, so I apologize for cutting the series short. I am considering designing my own unique template design from scratch when time permits, so carrying-on this series seems somewhat pointless.

However, If you have any questions about customizing your own WordPress templates, this is intended to be a sort-of “open post”, whereby I will try and answer any questions about the [limited] knowledge I have about the subject.

9 thoughts on “How I customized my Blog #5: Conclusion”

  1. Andrew Kelsall
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    Cheers David, I’ll definitely give the tutorial a try. If all else fails, or I don’t have time to code, I’ll use a PSD-to-Code style service…as a last resort.

    As a modified template suited me for a year while I got started, I’ve got some ideas to take the design to the next level, and try create something totally unseen before. Are you intending to create a totally custom design or modify the existing one?

  2. David Airey
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    No worries, Andrew.

    I’m not entirely sure what you’re referring to with the existing design, but I plan on creating a custom theme for Logo Design Love, rather than continue with the adaptation of Derek’s excellent Grid Focus design.

    I’m happy with the look I created for davidairey.com, but I do plan on changing the logo at some point in the near future.
    .-= David Airey´s last blog ..Top ten problems in file prep for print =-.

  3. Robert
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    Nice little series you had here – just finished reading them all. Aye, wordpress does seem to be limited somewhat in the editing of basic templates – I reckon I might have a go at what you are doing – that is create one from the ground up.

    Cheers for this interesting blog though and good luck with yours.

  4. Andrew Kelsall
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    @Robert → I hope to be able to do it when work slackens off near Christmas. I have a few ideas in mind, with the end result probably being the polar-opposite of this current design, except for the colour scheme. Thanks for stopping by; I hope your own design works out well, too.

  5. Andrew Kelsall
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    @David → I was referring to whether or not you were going to modify the DA template you had designed, or use create another design. I’ll look forward to seeing your new logo…

  6. Rob Cubbon
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    I enjoyed the series too. But I also understand trying to bite off more than you can chew for blog posts. I tried a similar thing with my How to market yourself series http://robcubbon.com/how-to-market-yourself-1-introduction – it turned out to be much more work than I’d thought.

    Also I still want to write a post about amending and creating WP themes but it such a huge topic it’s difficult to know where to start. And further to David’s excellent link above here’s one I found very useful in understanding WordPress themes:

    http://www.wpdesigner.com/2007/02/19/so-you-want-to-create-wordpress-themes-huh/
    .-= Rob Cubbon´s last blog ..Cloud commuting and graphic designers =-.

  7. Rob Cubbon
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    Wow, Andrew, a gradient GIF as a background image for underlining links! I have never seen that before. It is totally cool and appeals to my inner geek. Kudos!
    .-= Rob Cubbon´s last blog ..Cloud commuting and graphic designers =-.

  8. Andrew Kelsall
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    @Rob → Yeah, I changed this months ago, and the effect is very pleasing to the eye I reckon. I’m surprised more web designers don’t do this kind of thing.

    I learned the technique from the book “CSS Mastery” by Simon Collison, Cameron Moll and Andy Budd. Well worth a purchase.

    I think I’ll write any future article-series first before I publish them…just to make sure 😉 I’ll check out your link, thanks…

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