I am a member of Envato for some years now and purchase many themes, for different purposes. Often I can find what I need, at least as a framework. Sometimes the designs are amazing and not much needs to be done to get things right for the purpose.
More and more however, I am getting the impression that designers are hardly being truly creative. Yes, some themes are different and creative. But – some exceptions left alone – creativity is not just yet another impressive header image to sell your theme.
Right now almost ALL designs have a huge header. WHY? Guys, have you ever truly thought about the use of a website? I build websites for people and companies that have to say something. They don’t want people to scroll down all the time to get something? Or – god forbid – that horrible one page design that is popular now. I saw them coming and I am guessing they will go away again as soon as owners start to realize that looking good and being creative in that way does hardly ever mean more sales or visitors. When people visit my website, they will be coming back lots of times to check for new stuff. Do I really want them to scroll down a page and go through all the white spacing and flashy effects every time? They don’t want that, and they will get annoyed. And I am speaking from experience. I’ve tried it all.
Let me suggest something that I hardly ever see happening:
A multi-purpose design with a homepage that actually has a split header, with content on the side. Like a news or magazine website, but not with the same old look that all of those have. One that looks like the excellent designs that I see for other purpose websites.
I invite you to take a good look at this website: http://www.thework.com.
It’s one that is being visited thousands times a DAY. People go there to find what they need, and they CAN find what they need – immediately. Now THAT is a great design, even though it’s mostly a mess, design wise Now, before someone shouts: “But they don’t have to sell stuff”. They actually DO sell stuff. And they sell A LOT of that stuff.
Let me ask this question: would the above people be happy with a full screen header with her face only, that says “scroll down”? Would scrolling through lots of white spacing be effective? Would a large font be the best thing? I don’t think so – and I dare say: so don’t you
So my point? I miss designs that are actually made for people that have a lively website that focuses on information, but designed very well. Not yet another news or magazine site. It’s gotten all too predictable.
And yes, “I can create it all myself”. I can drag and drop the whole enchilada But what I am looking for is an excellent basic design that appeals, that I can use. I am not that creative and count on designers to help me out!
Thanks for reading! Tom
Ironic that we as poor developers are asked to always support everything, while those who make these newfangled devices don’t give a fuck. Imagine when they come up with a @4x resolution, you’re screwed again. I guess we’ll need to work with vectors somehow to get rid of this issue.
hehe yeah that is true. But be honest, it adds to the adventure
And very valid point about the vectors. I believe that would solve a lot.
I am not sure if they are different things in the sense that I am talking about it. Yes, retina ready is not responsive. But when – and since – a theme is created to function on mobile devices and many demos actually provide iPhone and iPad views for the demo, why not a retina logo? It apparently is made for these devices. I do not see the logic in this. Also, many questions in the comments are like “how do I get rid of the blurry logo?”. That by itself shows that this is missing in my opinion.
Also, it doesn’t matter if not all mobile devices are retina, since the @2x version is only used when it is retina. It doesn’t bite non-retina devices, correct?
That is cool stuff! Didn’t know it existed, thanks for letting me know!
Still think it should be integrated in a theme for beginners especially – I am not, but I had enough trouble getting js to work on the logos
Thanks again, Tom
Purchasing themes, obviously I will go for responsive themes anytime. After all, there is an immense shift going on from desktops to mobile devices. Fortunately most themes are responsive, so enough choice. However, there’s one thing that most of them lack: the integration of retina processing.
When a theme says ‘responsive’, it says ready for mobile devices. With most of these being retina and growing, that should mean the ability to upload at least a regular logo and a retina sized logo. But well, I haven’t come across this option yet. It’s a miss, because there’s nothing more disturbing than a blurry logo. It’s the first thing a visitor sees. Crisp fonts and images, but a blurry logo? Why?
So dear developers, please go and integrate retina logos with your themes. It’s a relatively small thing to do for you and then you can truly boast ‘responsive and retina ready’. Wouldn’t that be neat?
Thanks for reading! Tom
I suspected that because buying doesn’t work well from a mobile device, this wasn’t priority. However, I wonder if many members don’t have credits. In that case buying would be as simple as from a desktop.
Also, I would perhaps not buy from my iPhone, but I certainly want to browse and keep up to date with new additions. I spend a lot of time going through them and it would be nice to do that when somewhere else. Buying I can do later, but then at least I have saved time that way.
Number 1 I have done myself
Anyone able and willing to do number 2, the menu? Paid of course
I am looking for a good developer that is able to modify the Elastico theme.
What I want:
1. sidebar below the meta block for single article pages.
2. Menu to the top instead of in the sidebar
3. a few small other things – really
Thanks in advance! Tom