Appropriately named “Liquorice,” the theme I chose for this blog looked sweet and suitable for my taste. The formatting and structure is very simple and straightforward yet has a whimsical flair. I found the color scheme and fonts to be very appealing, and reminiscent of the authentic candy wrapper designs you could only find at a novelty mom & pop candy shoppe — an effortless trinket that had an elementary ability to satisfy a hungry set of saccharine teeth. In other words, “Liquorice” will prevent any cravings I may have to change the theme of my blog for the rest of this class session (I tend to change the look and feel of many social networking sites I indulge in, much like a flavor of the week.)

Take your pick.

After going through the available layout options like a kid in a candy store, I found this to be ideal. Blogger J.D. Meier advised to choose simplicity over complexity when deciding an effective blog layout. “Liquorice” is organized, direct, and easily accessible. After learning how to manipulate menu bars, banners, and widgets during the lessons in this module, I carefully made a few changes on the original layout. I added a few widgets including a calendar, Pinterest account, and Google News. I also added a links widget featuring a link to showcase my reporting experience from when I was a staff writer for The Rebel Yell.

In “Five Principles to Design By,” blogger Joshua Porter writes:

“People should never feel like a failure when using technology. Like the customer, the user is always right. If software crashes, it is the software designer’s fault. If someone can’t find something on a web site, it is the web designer’s fault. This doesn’t mean that the designer has to hang their head in shame…they should see this as a learning opportunity!”

I appreciate Porter’s spunky words of wisdom, and I definitely see this class in its entirety as a great opportunity to learn. It was especially nice to read Porter’s endearing message:

“The big difference between good and bad designers is how they handle people struggling with their design.”

I didn’t construct this theme from scratch, nor did I find myself struggling with the creator’s design. But if I were to handle such a situation, I suppose it would be bittersweet.