Early Theme Adopters: Espied
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 Espied, a versatile theme perfect for blogs and portfolios alike.
From a full-blown professional portfolio to a streamlined homepage, Espied, which was launched a few short weeks ago, gives you a wide variety of options to display your best work.
You can tailor the theme to suit your most exacting needs. On top of standard customization touches like a custom header image, Espied comes with four featured color palettes, different layouts to choose for your featured images, and a custom social links menu. The Portfolio feature gives you even more choices to control the way your visitors experience your site.
Let’s take a look at some of the creative uses of Espied.
The graphic designer behind CDM Productions has created a lively, colorful portfolio homepage using Espied. Hooked by the visuals, interested readers — and potential clients — can easily find additional information in the fly-out side panel menu, from the designer’s blog to a contact form to a “Hire Me” page.
British illustrator Bryony Attenburrow has taken Espied in a more minimalist direction. Her homepage follows the classic blog format, with her latest work at the top of the page. If you’re ready to dig deeper into her work, Bryony has also built portfolio pages for the different formats she works on, from illustrations to comics.
The website of book cover designer Hot Mug is a lesson in economy. Consisting of little more than a gallery of the designer’s previous work, visitors can enjoy the artist’s beautiful covers without distraction. A splashy (pun intended) custom header image adds a sleek individual touch to the site, while a Terms and Conditions page provides interested parties with all the information they might need.
If you’d like to see some other great uses of Espied, be sure to check out these sites:
- True East, a beautifully designed travel blog.
- The whimsical portfolio of dutch illustrator Merel Barends.
- Flaneur, a minimalist Japanese photoblog.
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.