US website theme RFC & request for screenshots

Jorge G. Mare jorge.g.mare at
Fri Apr 15 04:08:26 UTC 2011


On Thu, Apr 14, 2011 at 12:14 PM, Benjamin Turner <b.g.turner at> wrote:
> I think that this theme is coming along wonderfully.  There are a few things
> that you may still be working on, but I thought I would give my 2 cents. The
> main elements of page adhere to a pretty good grid system (the green lines
> in the link below). There are some things that don't really follow the grid
> that you are beginning to establish (red lines).
> It seems that perhaps these elements are part of the 'main content' or
> something like that, and that they are structured more like a directory tree
> - great for viewing files - but somewhat breaking from your design grid.
> Overall, I think that your font choices are doing their jobs - I can tell
> that 'UbuntuStudio Live Recording' is the title of the article, and that the
> 'view edit unpublish' are navigational. However the 'Home' from the main
> menu and the 'home' in the content area feels a little redundant, or perhaps
> unclear as to what each instance does. Perhaps if you are trying to
> establish where the user is, you could hi-light the 'home' in the menu area?
> I've uploaded a screenshot with a few annotations to hopefully clarify what
> I mean:
> Thanks for all the great work you're doing!

Thanks for the nice words and the feedback.

Yes, I agree that the HOME menu entry is redundant. Once I get the
breadcrumbs properly setup and working for each content type (pages,
news, blog, forum, etc.) then I will remove it.

With regards to the alignment to grid, I have it in mind, but I am
still moving things around, so fine adjustments will come later. That
being said, I do have a tendency to "break the rules" for the sake of
playfulness and visual liveliness, so don't be surprised if not
everything is meticulously aligned. :)

By the way, I worked a bit on the front page slider today; here is a screenshot:

I am still not totally happy with the visuals, but the under the hood
stuff (templates and CSS) are more or less in place, so it's another
small step forward.

I will be busy the next several days, so things are going to stall a
bit, but I will pick up again next week. If possible, I would like to
put the site online on a staging URL for you guys to play with towards
the end of next week. We'll see if I can.



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