Week 3: Locking down the theme

We need to lock down a theme so we can start adding custom images and applications.

After flipping through several options and color schemes, the two most popular are Aware (Crimson) and Victory (Red). I'll compare the two below.


This is what the homepage looks like on Victory. Bright red banner, prominent "Participate" dashboard and the 3 main buttons off to the side. Twitter and Facebook are linked at the top right but the newsletter/Join us email box is only visible on home. This theme is designed for campaigns, so everything is big, bright, and busy. Keep in mind that colors, images, fonts..everything can and will be changed.. it's the layout and the way the space is used that make the theme unique.


Here's the homepage with Aware. Aware is optimized for mobile use so its more minimal. 


Here's the Aware homepage to a logged-out user. The sign-in buttons appear over the 3 action buttons. The Twitter and Facebook widget is pushed to the bottom. The newsletter sign-up is located under the sign-in buttons.


The events page, as seen in Victory. You can also see the supporter nav panel underneath the 3 action buttons. Victory is not configured for mobile. Mobile users will see the site as it appears on a desktop computer.


Events page with Aware. The cool thing about aware is that the whole page scales depending on the device you're using. Images, frames, and buttons appear different sizes when viewed on a desktop, tablet, or phone. Users can also swipe the screen to move picture sliders using mobile.


Combined with its clean look, Aware is the theme I'd like to go with. What's more important: looking great on a desktop or working on the go? Comments are open below, please share your thoughts. 

  • Mariko Schmitz
    commented 2013-09-09 17:15:08 -0400
    Let’s add this to the board discussion. Options would be good.
  • Chris Robinson
    commented 2013-09-09 17:00:58 -0400
    I suggest going with this one so I can add advanced features.
  • Mariko Schmitz
    commented 2013-09-09 16:13:19 -0400
    how do we choose a theme?