Borrowing From the Masters

I’m not above a little well-intentioned appropriation

In art (or, at least, Art), there’s a well-established tradition of borrowing from the masters – for given definitions of “borrowing” and “master”, anyway. I normally don’t consider blogging to be art; on the contrary, it’s more one of those things you do in the dark, alone, wash your hands afterwards, and never talk to anyone about. That said, I’m not above a little well-intentioned appropriation, especially if it’s of something that’s free for the taking.

I do like to give credit where credit’s due, so I direct a Colbert-esque tip of the hat to Chris Pearson for his snazzy pullquotes – basically, blockquotes with attitude. This particular CSS wizard came up with a seriously nice blog theme called Cutline, which gives bloggers very nearly all the power, as far as layouts go, of a traditional desktop publishing platform. A lot of people, myself included, were taken with various aspects of the theme’s design, and I dare say a goodly number of bits have been “appropriated” into others’ designs.

Go have a look, if you haven’t already. There are a lot of great ideas that can be implemented in other themes with minimal effort, if you’re so inclined.

Published in: Geekiness, General, Meta | on September 16th, 2006| Comments Off on Borrowing From the Masters

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