A while back I noticed that a lot of the rejected themes posted here included the same mistakes: no grid, weak contrast, poor color choices… so I decided to write a detailed tutorial on how to improve a design according to a few key principles.
The talent level on Themeforest has really gone up dramatically in the past few months, so I don’t know if it will really be that useful here… But in any case here is the first part, I’d love to know what you think:
thanks, it is useful, at least for me…. even I use grids, and I would never use such poor color combinations
Well I created a really bad design on purpose, I wouldn’t use those colors… and I hope nobody else does either!
I printed this earlier and took it to the hospital with me to read while we waited.
I really enjoyed what you wrote. I did personally learn from this and I am certain others will as well. Thanks for taking the time to post up this information.
nice but dont get me wrong i have seen you post more links to your stuff and selfpromotion is forbidden so whats the deal MOD ’s?
I’m really glad to know that you were reading my work in such special circumstances! And if you liked it, you will like part 2 even more, because I’ll focus on some more advanced design details.
I need little help – there is a website: http://reviewmydesign.net/ – it’s not mine, so if you remove link, I don’t care – but it seems like its dying …if you see how many people review those designs, you just don’t want to waste your time to upload. Question is – where I can find something like this, that help improve templates ? I’m working at this moment at hosting template but I can’t find anyone who could be honest and tell me – Matt – it is great / rubbish.
Actually I was thinking about doing something like this for my blog. I would take someone’s template and show them how to improve it. And then hopefully, thanks to those changes it would be approved. I would call it “extreme theme makeover”
So feel free to send me a screenshot or a link to your template if you’d like to be the first!