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rktic says

Sorry for the misunderstanding then, i wasn’t specificly referencing to per pixel sizes but rather using the options which are often globally available per category.

I often stumble upon themes with a variety of blog layouts (1,2,3 columns) but afaik those can only be set once and for all instead of individually. Would make sense for bloggers, magazines, businesses who deal with different kinds of content.

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rktic says

It’s something that has been bugging me for long now – are there any themes at all that let users customize category and tag templates in a similar way to custom page builders?

Afaik many themes let users determine stuff like image sizes in category templates globally but not per category. Let’s say i wanna setup a magazine, differently sized thumbnails would make a lot of sense.

Rough guess there are themes in the wild which support this – but at least according to the descriptions and live demos i couldn’t find anything yet.

Would totally love to see themes with custom page building capabilities that also enable those for categories and tags.

Little background read here: http://www.ronnypries.de/blog/wordpress-pages-for-blog-layouts-bad-practise/

Or are there any Wordpress specific culprits that make this codewise impossible – any opinions?

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rktic says

Heya,

just stumbled upon https://www.easel.io/demo – seems to be a great and very useful tool for quickly creating webdesigns in the browser. Comes with customizable 960 grid, a number of tools for creating forms, placing icons, let’s you export HTML /CSS. Had a quick play and imho it works very smart.

Thought you might be interested in that.

Ronny

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rktic says

Hm, let me see.

Imho there are a number of details which negatively effect the overall theme. I.e. the search box feels lost and found up there, it lacks some vertical alignment according to the logo & tagline.

Eventhough the slider images are just “dummy” ones they have the biggest overall impact on the upper area. Make sure to work with some representative ones!

There is no consistency in the use of vertical margins (feasible above and below the slider).

The overall line-height in your typography needs refinement. It’s way too narrow atm.

The jumping prices in the featured products are not appealing. Imho the prices (as being the most important part next to the product name) should also be bigger?

Gotta say, something about your colorscheme and background mixture reminds me about Amiga-Copperbars – maybe the Star Trek alike font supports that a bit.

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rktic says

Link removed in original post. Per the forum rules, please do not call out individual items or authors. Thanks! :)

Hmyea, i got it. ;)

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rktic says

tl;dr Some websites require small font size, others require large font size. That’s why we are web designers – to make informed decisions.

I wouldn’t directly link legibility, readability and accessibility to the requirement of certain font sizes. Of course, large portals (like the one i’m working at as designer) with lots of content will always tend towards smaller typography for the sake of making more content visible (luckily that trend is already falling apart).

But that’s not the usual Themeforest target audience, is it? As far as i can see most themes are available for businesses and creative people. Who upmost want to communicate clearly.

And eventhough i totally feel a lot of designs around here which come along with considerable small typography, it could have also always been done the opposite way.

I think the point is: it’s much easier to work with rather small typography and make something okay. You can stuff in much more content on smaller space – but is it a real-world demand for focussed people such as companies and creatives?

Oh my, i’m getting OT. And mind you – i just want to provoke some thoughts here.

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rktic says

So you advise a possible business-template customer to tell his customers to use browser zooming?

Asides, how can readability be a “trend”?

Are you designing websites for the sake of design or for the sake of retrieving valuable information? You should really think about that one.

Webdesign first and foremost is about information architecture. Then painting it nicely.

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rktic says

Hmyeah, we’ve been there in another thread already, haven’t we?

Eventhough now you’ve got me – i’ll compile a list of themes and layouts which are welldesigned and readable (14px body text counts as well? ;))

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rktic says

I also have no problem reading all the text.. Checked on a 24” screen and on my iPad.. Definitely readable! What do you want? Themes with 14-16px text?! We’re not in 2000 anymore..

Ruben,

imho “we’re not in 2000 anymore” is the perfect argument towards better readability and legibility for everyone. I’d like to quote these:

http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2011/10/07/16-pixels-body-copy-anything-less-costly-mistake/ http://informationarchitects.net/blog/100e2r/ http://informationarchitects.net/blog/the-web-is-all-about-typography-period/

Furthermore there’s a reason why Apple implemented the readability plugin into Safari, which takes the content and wraps it into 16px fonts.

Last not least of course 10px can be presented in readable manner if there’s enough contrast and line-height. But halfgrey on white background is just quite a step away from that.

Alongside with a thin font-choice it get’s more and more tricky.

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rktic says

I’d first and foremost would like to say it’s really not a bashing-thing i’m going to excercise here. I even like the theme a lot – like many many others. However, i consider readability or the lack of a big bummer when looking at themes that are well featured, even well designed but just not well executed in terms of legibility.

I’m posting this to hopefully make developers aware of this problem.

And of course one can tweak typography on ones own, but’s there’s so much more to it than just raising the body font size. One needs to review the entire typography which can be quite a struggle with individual classes in order to not destroy the overall typographic balance.

Apart from that i could have picked at least 20 more themes from the last few months which fail to be readable on mobile devices and even struggle with high resolution desktop displays.

Imho it doesn’t has to be necessary and would do justice for all parties in the game. Devs making more bucks, buyers tweaking less – last not least giving the enduser a much better experience.

But yes – it’s criticism. Imho a necessary one. I’d rather have a thread closed speaking out loud and hopefully have 1-2 devs consider this for their next theme other than just keeping this issue for myself.

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