Perch theme for Swift Migrations
May to June, 2013
When Rachel asked me to design a Perch theme, I was very excited. The default theme I created for Perch was very simple, and this was a chance to get in on the bird-related puns. The goal of the theme was to be a corporate site that used Perch without add-ons, but with more complexity than the default theme.
As with the default theme, the hardest thing about designing a theme is trying to imagine and accommodate potential uses. I looked at a lot of corporate sites to get an idea of the main use cases and content structures. Whilst the layouts were simple, they became more complex as I worked out how to better display the potential content across different viewport sizes.
The design and layout was fairly straight-forward, meaning that the HTML and CSS templates that I provided were quite simple. I wanted to make it really easy to slot in the Perch tags, and I’m always intimidated providing HTML and CSS to Rachel and Drew, as they’re both developers whose writing I’ve been following since I started out learning about web design.