Recently I’ve taken to thinking along the lines of many other web designers and developers who are embracing the new technologies. Ranging from the funkiest mobile devices and latest browser technologies.
Using a raft of the latest tech plenty of testing and experimentation has been creeping it’s way into my daily routine. Armed with a laptop with two external screens, a couple of ‘standard (single screen)’ laptops and PCs accompanied with a small handful of smartphones and a tablet:
- Lenovo T500 – 1680×1050 – Windows 7
- Dell P2210H 1080×1920 (portrait)
- Dell P2210H 1920×1080 (landscape)
- Toshiba Tecra – 1024×768 – Ubuntu 10.04
- Dell Optiplex GX520 – 1280×1024 – Windows XP
- Apple iPad – 1024×768 – iOS 3.2.2
- Apple iPhone 3G – 320×480 – iOS 3.1.3
- HTC Desire HD – 480×800 – Andriod 2.2
These tools of the trade allow me to see my projects on many different devices, so, as a result I’m going to be using this blog as a testing area for a ground-up build of a wordpress blog incorporating a bunch of ideas. Many of which may fail, so if it’s spannered at any time you’ll know why.
So, first up is Elliot Jay Stocks‘ Starkers WordPress theme, this awesome bad-boy of a theme is right up my street as a web designer, it provides me with the bare-bones ‘naked’ theme for me to apply a bespoke design from scratch.
Couple that with the baddass HTML5 Boilerplate code, giving me access to the most top-notch tricks to get a full-on HTML5 website started off on the right foot.
Then….. An even awesomer revelation!! Aaron T. Grogg has got his shizzle out and performed an amalgamation of Starkers and Boilerplate in the form of a WordPress theme called Boilerplate: Starkers WordPress theme!.
I can hardly believe my eyes.. So much help and assistance out there on the interweb these days.. – love you guys -
THEN…. (Yup, it’s not over yet…) I scoot on over to Less Framework 3 and shave the CSS from here with all it’s
@media queries. Providing me with a foundation for tailoring the theme to a number of different width layouts. I strip out the reset stuff as that exists in the Boilerplate theme by default. Rock on over to WordPress.org Child Themes and use this info to create myself a child theme of Boilerplate.
As a result, I end up with this wonderful baseline of a theme, all ready and waiting for me to apply my limited knowledge to. I’m certain that I’ll learn plenty from this process and expect to be able to apply this new found wealth to my lucky customers.
So, far, so good.. I’ll now evolve this theme steadily as I learn how to utilise all this wonderment.