The kidsblog is a site we did a long time ago and recently realized that it wasn’t in our portfolio. kidsblog is mostly a photo and updates blog for our two kids. As such, the only clients we had to really please were ourselves, our families, and the kids themselves. Having previously used a pretty basic, out-of-the-box, Kubrick-based theme for the previous platform we were using, sblog. When we decided to change the platform, we wanted to redesign the site to show off our personality a bit more, and the personality of the kids starring in the blog.
The biggest success story about the kidsblog theme is that when we finished and showed it to Gavin, our oldest, he was excited by the design and fascinated by the colors and shapes, the hands and the sun. For us, that meant: mission accomplished!
We really tried to create a design that was fun to look at, brightly colored, but also not distracting from the content. We designed it for large resolutions in mind, but made it compatible for 1024 x 768 resolution for relatives with older computers (and provided a helpful walkthrough for changing your resolution for visitors who may come and not know what a 1024 x 768 resolution is).
Since its’ launch, we’ve updated various things to add functionality or keep the design fresh, most recently by adding IntenseDebate for commenting, and updating the design to be more of a widescreen theme. Even though we don’t show it off as much anymore, this is still one of our favorite WordPress themes, with a unique blend of grunge and flair creating a feeling of something that is really dirty but also really fun — just like our kids!
WordPress plugins used: IntenseDebate, PagerFix, Shutter Reloaded, FeedBurner