I like this skin - when I first saw the html template to convert to dnn, I felt it was a very bright and colourful design, without being too 'in your face'. With the use of reds, yellows and dark greys, the whole thing went together very nicely and with rounded containers, was a good break from the more 'squared' designs we've seen over the last few days.
All the skins we have online basically have only the more web 2.0 style 'left /content or content / right pane' styling and because we're using free templates, we are trying to keep them as authentic and original as the design as possible. I supposed you could add extra panes to the skin but it tends to take away the very light and open look many of these sites have these days.
One of the good things to remember with these designs - it's easier to get them to be more compliant due to the style and trends of these modern websites we're seeing online today.
The criteria we use when choosing skins to release are -
- how well the html has been coded for us to work with
- how the images are used in the design in reference to ease of converting to dnn
- how complicated the menu is (most of these designs / free temlpates come with a single level menu which is how we got the idea of using the Links skinobject for the menu system)
- how long they would take us to convert (this is a non profit site and all maintenance is funded by XD Design in part of our committment to provide good skins for the dnn comunity)
- how common the look and feel is compared to what we've got online now
- is there something cool and unusual about the design that might be appealing
- can someone without too much experience take this design and enhance it
- does the licensing meet the guidelines in how we are going to use it
I think you could use this skin in many styles of websites due to the container style and overall look and feel it has.
This skin was to celebrate the fact we have over 220 fans on facebook!