Cleanr’s been great to me. Taught me the value of a clean interface, with dead simple navigation. The problem? It’s not simple enough. Not a year goes by that I don’t realize how important it is to present information completely free from noise whenever possible. What does that mean? An end to two-column theme, at least for me.
Thus, I throw myself at the mercy of the Internet to help me find the following: an elegant one-column theme with dead simple navigation and a beautifully integrated “follow” suite where I can plug in links to my Twitter, Flickr, and other accounts. To be perfectly honest, if Flavors.me offered something akin to Tumblr, I’d jump in a heartbeat.
Why not Tumblr, you ask? Too insidery for my tastes. Sure, I don’t try to generate batty pageviews here at Kensington Blues, but I’m not trying to impress an armada of followers either. Influence peddling is not something I want to get too wrapped up in outside of work, if you catch my drift. More importantly, I have yet to find a Tumblr theme that doesn’t make actual words seem like unwelcome guests on the page. I think Tumblr’s great for meme generation and is home to a lot of fun stuff on the web, but I just don’t think I can commit to Tumblr as my sole outlet online. (Don’t even get me started about maintaining separate channels in my personal life.)
Having said all that, I do appreciate Tumblr’s elegance. Be gone, useless blogroll! No one clicks on you anyway! Goodbye, archives! The people will use search instead! You get the picture.
Ideally, I’d love to strip the extraneous elements out of this theme and adapt it for my purposes. If you’re the sort of person who reads this and thinks that is possible, let me know!