August 23rd, 2006

Blogging Design

Posted in Blogging by 200

Am I the only one completely unimpressed by the graphical design capabilities of the people who run blogspot/blogger? I expect that there is very little choice of designs as most of the police blogs on there all look the same. You’ve got the exciting orange and white of David Copperfield’s site which is the same as De-tec-tive’s, then there’s the awe-inspiring completely black like Midlands PC, the Thin Blue Line & Policing in Scotland, the Special Special’s blog & just the same as Probationer PC, except that his makes the radical change of being white. Then there’s Officer Plod & Blues & Twos with the, wait for it, four(!) shades of blue design.

Who can forget the blue design with loads of coloured circles which look like an acid trip on Semper-fi, Disgruntled Cop & One Cop &  a Keyboard? If you don’t want to wander too far from the colour blue, you could try Black Rover’s blogspot design which is a couple of shades of blue and cream – radical! which is the same as the Cynical Policeman and the Job’s Not What it Was.

If you want some variety, try  You’re Nicked which is, er, all blue, as is the Comms Op‘s blog. For a complete change take a look at the grey, white & spewey green of A Copper’s Rant which is the same as the Ssshh it’s the Filth.

Belfast Peeler‘s site makes a refreshing change with its plain white, grey and bit of maroon and I’ve not found another like it (yet).

I don’t suppose I should level all my criticism at Blogger.com, it’s just that Blogger has the most police blogs. WordPress can be pretty bland, just ask Another Constable & Inspector Gadget who both use the boring generic blue & white design.

I’m not saying I’m a graphic designer and have the billy-bollocks of Blogs, there are far more well-thought-out designs than mine out there, but at least I’ve made an effort to make it a little different and a little more individual. Blogger.com has got to be one of the most popular sites on the internet, at least all its millions of blogs, isn’t it about time they employed a couple of designers, there’s plenty of police staff being made redundent, perhaps they might like a job.

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5 comments

  1. Stu Savory says:

    So give up relying on the crutches of blogger/blogspot and write your own CSS and HTML as I do :wink:

    August 23rd, 2006 at 07:56

  2. Vic Mackey says:

    heh, I will get round to changing mine at some point just not had the time.

    have to agree though, far too few standard designs & not many people want to fiddle with the template.

    August 24th, 2006 at 19:58

  3. Another Constable says:

    Well… criticism taken – but although mine still looks like the original template, I’ve actually done a lot of work under the hood to modify various screens to display and access information in a way that I want. I’ll forgive you for not noticing though!

    As for the graphics etc, they will change when I get the chance, but at the moment I barely have time to post let alone modify templates. As I now have a widescreen monitor, my next plan is to have the centre column actually be of varying width depending on who views it.

    There are of course plenty of people who use the “Falling Dreams Theme” too… I think you’ve just struck lucky that none of them are coppers! :neutral:

    September 10th, 2006 at 20:47

  4. PC Bloggs says:

    Er… unfortunately I am stuck with my template as I have no idea how to write html. Still, I’m just a dumb girl, so I can get away with it!
    PC Bloggs

    September 10th, 2006 at 21:22

  5. 200 says:

    Another Constable,

    I know mine is a standard theme, I’m not clever enough to write a new theme from scratch, what I was getting at was that most people seem happy to settle for boring sub-standard generic designs with no attempt to personalise them at all, which I think is a shame since a blog is more than just the words contained within.

    September 15th, 2006 at 02:07

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