Sometimes WordPress offers me a new design when I check my stats. It will say something like “Check out our new design: desert breeze.” Last week it was “clean home” and I thought, because I do not have desert breeze or a clean home that I wouldn’t bother to click on the design and see what it looked like. However, yesterday they offered me “rusty grunge.”
I spent a certain portion of my younger years wearing oversized flannel shirts and drinking espresso in places that weren’t Seattle, so I was intrigued. I clicked on it to see what Fangs and Clause would look like under the influence of rusty grunge. The background was black, like my heart. There was orange to comfort my melodramatic soul. But the actual posts were set in white rectangles with reasonable leading and a larger font, and it looked quite nice. Balanced.
But would my clean design encourage me to be more measured in my rants? Would it make me stop cursing? Would I stop being all punk rock and become all artsy, or as Lyn says put a bird on it and call it art? How does design affect content? Are you going blind reading my badly kerned white-on-black lettering?