Early Theme Adopters: Tonal
In our Early Theme Adopters series, we focus on bloggers creating great-looking sites with the most recent additions to our Theme Showcase. Today, let’s visit some of the sites that are already using Tonal, a versatile, minimalist theme.
Tonal‘s crisp, elegant minimalism focuses your readers’ attention on the images and words you’re publishing. It offers a whole slew of great features — from a custom menu and widget areas tucked into a hidden panel in the header, to splashy featured images to set each post’s tone. But its generous spacing, smooth typography, and other subtle design touches keep your readers’ eyes on your content.
Here are three sites where bloggers have tweaked this spare theme to suit their individual tastes and needs.
Hope State Style
Artist and photographer Caroline Goddard has transformed Tonal into a modern, pristine canvas for her lifestyle blog Hope State Style. Her images shine against the site’s white backdrop, while her font selection — using the Custom Design upgrade — adds a distinct flavor to her commentary (we love the typewriter-like Anonymous Pro font she’s using in the body of her posts).
The Hip Alley
Katarzyna, the photographer-blogger behind The Hip Alley, has taken Tonal in a different direction. With very few changes to the theme’s out-of-the-box look, she relies on stunning, extra-wide featured images to personalize her blog (we dare anyone not to drool over those madeleines in the image above). A small, well-chosen selection of widgets (in the hidden menu panel) makes navigating her site a breeze.
THE DROWNED AND THE SAVED
Demonstrating that Tonal can also work for text-centric bloggers, British writer Dan Taylor has chosen the theme for THE DROWNED AND THE SAVED, where he shares his posts on philosophy, politics, and other topics. While Dan still uses thematic featured images to introduce his posts, he usually opts for smaller ones, keeping his audience focused on his words.
Stay tuned for more examples of sites using recently-added themes — and if there are any particular themes you’d like to see featured, feel free to leave us a comment.