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FRESHFACE
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in case you missed this in the other thread, it’s still on topic:

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pearlstudios
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1) people want money
2) the cliche business site makes more money than cliche sports site
3) many authors dont have enough photoshop skills to do some magical design
4) lack of “good layout” skills, so authors tend to do the same layout over and over again, because it works and they don’t need to do better then before because the money is still good for them
5) the layout from first post here evolved from wp default theme and from mentioned lack of “layout skills” (everybody can design 3 columns better then 2 columns. More text on one place require more “typographic skills” so it’s better for beginners to do a short 3 cols)

If I make a summary, it’s all about our skills and laziness about constantly learning and exceeding ourselves. I respect authors who every time they release something, it’s better than before. On the other hand I see here many authors who do the same, even for more than a year, still the same…

+1 I make sure I do not get sucked into this mould however tempting it is and try something different all the time.

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Roeven
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It’s a market of supply and demand. We can make funky artsy-fartsy designs, but they won’t sell as good as those “cu3er” designs. There’s a reason there are so many of them. ;-)

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PixelStores
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lol freshface, great ThemeForest humor.

Count me in for the competition.

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Daan
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_freshface, that image is awesome!

@MattStrange, this thread is over half a year old :)

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luckykind
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It’s a market of supply and demand. We can make funky artsy-fartsy designs, but they won’t sell as good as those “cu3er” designs. There’s a reason there are so many of them. ;-)

anything that’s now under the title of “in-demand” was probably once “arsty-fartsy”...

I mean “in-demand” websites were once “links on the left, content on the right”... now look how far it’s come…

If you’re always mimicking demand by changing colors and gradients; more often then not (especially when it comes to new people to the marketplace) you’re probably just chasing leftover dollars…

By being a little “artsy-fartsy”... yes, the down side is you could be wasting your time… the upside, if you make “artsy-fartsy” work for customers… is that you have something unique… that could propel you to “big dawg” status… bringing you even more sales, than you were making chasing leftover dollars…

So to the orginial OP’s point… don’t be afraid to be “artsy-fartsy” because there’s people looking for it…

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mlando
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How about something with a bokeh background? :)

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