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  • Great post :)
    Will help when i start designing my theme :)

  • @Farrhad

    Thanks. :) You are doing goob job with improving your current theme, I like home page changes you did since participating in Reader Blog Critique.

  • Good luck with the group writing project, Rarst. Let’s see if we could make it into the top 3. See you there.

    Yan
    PS: Nice graphic too by the way..

  • @Yan

    I don’t have my hopes high. As you know my design skills suck. Placing my hopes on someone in jury liking crappy smlieys humor. :) Good luck to both of us, anyway.

  • @Rarst, am planning to get a unique blog design done. Anyone you would recommend (around 400$) Thanks!

  • @Farrhad

    Hmmm… I can think of some people but don’t have price ranges so you’ll have to inquire yourself.

    http://blogdesignstudio.com/ – they are holding this group writing. Click through their recent works, quality is awesome. Not cheap I suspect. :)

    http://qbkl.net/ – Alex of Blogsessive (as I understand). He is working on my new logo (I am most impressed with his work) and Blogsessive theme makes a lot of people drool. Not sure if he takes custom theme orders at moment and what is his price range.

    http://freshneverfrozendesign.com/ – Brad of Bradblogging. Currently works on custom design update for me (won it in contest), no impressions to share yet. Designs are bright, clean and fresh. :) Markets prices as “affordable”.

    btw I am taking sleepy excuse – if I forgot someone feel free to kick me.

  • i liked the creative aspect of this post. nice and informative.

    regards
    thinkjayant

  • @thinkjayant

    Thanks. :) Despite my limited drawing skills I thought that few images are going to convey idea better in this case.

    I’ll read your entry to group writing later today, looks extensive and worth attention.

  • Thats a great post. The basics are something a lot of people including myself overlook. It seems like bloggers are an awful like musicians, never satisfied with the final product. I cant count the times I have tried to make over a song of mine. Now I am doing it with my blog! Good luck with the contest.
    Entering this group contest was one of the best things I’ve done. I am learning so muc from everyone and filling up my google reader with some excellent blogs!

  • @Ryan

    Thanks. :) I am tweaking my blog all the time and at first was rolling back or changing lots of stuff because it seemed nice on it’s own but wasn’t fitting rest of blog.

    One of the most usual mistakes of this kind I did is using “popular” RSS icons like man with paper. It is smart and cool but on light background it’s blending and small details make it hard to notice and process.

    Now I am much more thorough with consistent styling and such.

    Good luck you all of us. :)

  • Why does posts about blogging always generate more comments? ;)

    Good work with that one. You know I am getting ready for frogstr 2.0 and I am looking for the perfect balance between look and cleanliness. I think it is impossible as there are no perfect design, but you know…

    You have been very consistent with your design and I admire that, good work!

  • @Ben

    Well, a lot of comments on group writings are from other contributors and such posts draw more traffic easily so it’s only natural.

    2.0? I thought you are at 3.75 or something already. :) Looking for free theme or going to be buying one?

    Yep, I put more thought lately into my design for it to be consistent. Still I am crappy designer and probably at my limit so some major changes are going to be custom-made by real designer in the future.

  • haha yeah for most people it’s 2.0, for you I agree with 3.75 :)

    I am going to buy. I have started the design in photoshop without the theme but it’ll be soon time to buy it and get things done!

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