Tag Archives: Sandbox

Walk in the Shadows for WordPress.com

This CSS design is an experiment in layout. There are two sidebars stacked vertically. The second sidebar stacks horizonally, visually making 2 sidebars out of 1.  


Walk in the Shadows


A List Apart’s article on typesetting (followed to the letter because IE sucks)
Joen Asmussen’s brilliant idea about adding columns without touching the markup
Dezinerfolio’s web2.0 layer styles
KDE‘s Oxygen icons project
Datestamps inspired by the cover of Eero Saarinen, designed by CoDe Communication and Design


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Walk in the Shadows CSS


Promised Land for WordPress.com

This design is a single column, fixed width theme, with 2 footer widget areas. 1 area contains 4 widgets that stack horizontally, the other area contains horizontal widgets that stack vertically. The main page highlights the first post, and shows the next 4 as links below the first.  


Promised Land Screenshot


Some abuse of a stock photo by Ryan Ford.
Based on “for elaine“, which became archGFX v02.


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Creative Commons License

This design is dual-licensed as Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.5 License. Where possible, please include a link to this page for attribution.


Select the Sandbox-10 theme (currently on page 4).  Then open the download link below, and copy the contents into the Edit CSS box, Making sure to check the “Start from scratch and just use this” box.


Promised Land CSS

Shameless Plugs

Sandbox Design Competition

Scott’s organizing a wordpress design competition, purely in CSS. which means it’s open to:

  • wordpress.com users
  • anyone who can use CSS, since PHP and javascript won’t be judged

Also, Sourceforge is running Community Choice awards, so you can go nominate Dream in Infrared, if you’re so inclined:

SF.net Community Choice Awards

(Disconnected is also eligible).

Speaking of Sandbox themes…

WP Sandbox Logo

Hot on the heels of my own sandbox-based theme, Scott and Andy went ahead and dropped Sandbox v0.9 (0.7 only existed long enough for me to grab it out of SVN and build my theme off of it, and 0.8 had too many revisions to be released. 1.0 existed briefly, before being dragged back into beta-ville). The structural changes are much cleaner, so it’s easier to tweak the hell out of the thing.

The only new design element is that all of the example layouts now use a navigation menu. This is kind of an outgrowth of the skins menu being deleted: the menu HTML is always there, although it can be hidden in CSS (previously skins could disable the HTML).

And yes, the skins menu is gone. this means theme designers can now rely on the sandbox having a specific CSS. hello template: sandbox. 🙂 Accordingly, my skins have become themes:

The thin line uses about 4 lines of PHP to insert a credit link into the footer. The Joshuaink theme uses that plus the custom header API to help you add your own logo. Both themes are under Creative Commons licenses. Whatever waffling the wordpress developers may do about some themes being necessarily GPL, they can’t touch these themes, since they’re entirely CSS, save for API compliance (if API compliance transmitted the GPL, binary linux applications would be impossible).

Also, I’m discontinuing development on Sandbox Unsleepable. If I were to convert it to a theme, it would compete directly with the original, which is not my goal. Since the original has been installed on wordpress.com, there’s also no reason to develop the custom CSS version either.

Buckshot, Ep. 3

WIP: The Late Show

banner inner

The Late Show by Liz Lubowitz.

As much as i love using this theme, It’s taking away from the energy i need to direct towards other projects. Inspired by patrick heaney, i’m going to strip down to something spartan, until i have the time to finish my own design.

This is a Work In Progress. First there’s the matter of license. Liz happily granted me permission to port the theme, but the theme is certainly not GPL, so it’s always going to be kind of “for personal use only”.

Also, Sixapart’s Style Contest themes work a little differently, in that they make use of a body class for each layout. (two-column-left, etc.) Even after adding the name of the current sandbox skin as a class to the body of the sandbox, i’d still need to finish my “Layout Dependent Sandbox Skins” plugin for this to really be workable.


So here’s my two column left version of the theme, and hopefully Rothyschild will finish her 3 column version soon. Select the ‘no stylesheet’ skin, and paste these two CSS files into the ‘edit css’ box in order:

hand on mouth, the game goes on

it’s update time.  no, not wordpress.  i don’t get the kewl new features, so it’s hard to be excited about it.  plus, the thought of all my tags going to hell doesn’t sound fun.  my test blogs are updated for theme testing purposes, since they didn’t need backing up.

The Thin Line

The Thin Line for wordpress.com has moved up to v2.  I’m running it on this site, poke around a bit.  The skin will come later, as scott’s working on v0.7.  andy’s off cavorting in mexico, so i doubt i’ll have to worry about the wordpress.com version changing.  The reasons for the change are something like this:

  • maintaining that many layouts is too complicated for my small brain.  and a single column with a 2 column fat footer is really hard to dress up. giving the skin its own layout made life easy.
  • my recent obsession with ambient occlusion
  • the footer-like sidebar from the bus full of hippies was really cool.
  • the inward and outward graphics were just to big, and counter to the name.
  • jumping straight from proof-of-concept to 2.0 is all kinds of trendy and cool.

I’ve now hosted the file on archgfx, because for whatever reason, i can no longer upload *.txt files.  i can upload *.doc files, though, so clearly it has nothing to do with security.