I love hybrid theme. I suck at designing so anything that makes it kinda easy to make this blog look halfway decent is great. It’s hard though to keep this old child-theme relevant though. The updates to it are few (although that’s not really a problem) and it seems like it’s become stale. That stale vibe probably something to do with me and my content though.
However, to keep the entire theme looking in time with the rest of the web, I felt like some new rounded corners were needed. The boxy theme that it originally was can be great is come settings, but I think it looks better for my use this way. The main post area and the widgets has a 10 pixel border radius while the navigation area has only 5 pixels, since they’re smaller.
But, I can’t really stop there. I need to make the text on this blog readable. It sucks reading this highly designed font (can you tell I’m not a designer, when I don’t know the real definition of serif and sans-serif?) Right now, the fonts are by default supposed to be Georgia, Times, Times New Roman and serif. Those might be great for a site introduction blurb on an introduction page, but for every single word in this blog? No, it’s terrible.
Fonts like helvetica, geneva and arial are all great fonts that are totally plain. I like plain and boring. But when replace the font, I run into the problem of the font size. Hybrid Original has it’s default post font size set at 16 pixels because it was meant for a serif font, with all sorts of fancy bits. It had to be huge to see it. To fix it, setting the sans-serif font to just 14 pixels, I solved that problem. However, there is another problem: it applies to everything. Instead, I want these plain fonts to only apply to the posts themselves but not any code blocks or blockquotes. Fine, I got it now.
I’m reasonably happy with this now. I have fixed the font I’ve hated for ages and I added rounded corners. Excellent. I hope you enjoy the new pleasing to the eye, more relevant, design.