1. jmac

    I’ve been looking at themes and theme ideas that will let me and my reader focus on written content. Yet I’ve noticed that recent themes, yours and others, that claim to focus on the written word, present an overwhelming photo and huge typeface. While the first impression is beautiful, it strikes me as completely de-emphasizing the written content. In fact my first thought is how I’m going to take or find a stunning photo to go with each post instead of focusing on the quality of post content. Saga seems to work pretty well for mobile as long as I shrink the header height, typeface size and content margins. I don’t mind modifying the theme, but I’m not understanding the layout philosophy.

    • Justin Tadlock

      Saga works perfectly fine without a photo. I actually designed it with no images in the first draft to make sure it worked great without them. With that said, it tries to work with core WordPress features like featured images. Writing is also not always about words and words alone. Images are a huge part of this niche, particularly on the Web.

      As far as a huge typeface goes, I try to follow best practices for readability. Saga uses a font size of 20 pixels for the body copy, which is a comfortable reading size for most people, even those that have trouble seeing the screen like myself (by the way, it’s also designed for people with visual impairments in mind). Given the width of the content area, it’s actually on the smaller side of things. A 21 or 22-pixel font size might even work a bit better. Going any smaller though will make it extremely difficult to read long passages of text.

      I had a vision of what I wanted to accomplish with this design, and feel like it accentuates the written word. It’s something I’d consider using for my personal blog, which was the goal. For the most part, I accomplished what I set out to do. Not all themes will be for everybody though. That’s why there are so many of them. You should always find a theme that suits you rather than trying to modify a theme to do something it’s not meant to do.

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