I’ve settled for Cutline 1.x by Chris Pearson. It’s not as zen as my old design, but it’s nice and clean and more efficient.
Here are a few suggestions for improvement for the 1.x version (don’t like much 2.x):
Remove the italics from BLOCKQUOTE. The indentation, left border and gray text are enough of a highlight.
The green “Search” field is too flashy. How about plain gray? OTOH, this is almost like a branding element for Cutline, so I understand if you’d like to keep it.
Would be great if the topmost pages were listed in the top menu, along with the link to FRONT PAGE. Why the default (broken) link to Archives?
Love the 404 page! I would maybe put the “Easy, tiger. This is a 404 page.” title in red. Come to think of it, not everyone knows what a 404 is, maybe there should be a clear “Page not found” message too.
Please mention the author in the post pages meta-data line.
To further clean things up, I would have the Tags Iine just under the meta-data line.
Please remove the “Comments” link from the meta-data line, having it at the end is great and enough.
More about the meta-data line: I think it would look bette in Arial or another sans-serif font, and in regular, not italic fonts.
I would love it if each post had a wrapper div in the posts list and on the post page. It would be awesome if each one of these divs had a
class="category1 category2 tag1 tag2"atached to them.
. Seems to me the feed links are hard-coded to the root URL, so a plugin likeFeedBurner FeedSmith doesn’t work properly
So, thanks for Cutline, Chris! It’s the cleanest theme out there and a pleasure to use. I only wish it wasn’t so popular, seems like more and more bloggers are adopting it :-)