Help me decide on a template! (Loooong post.)

Hmmm, I need a better looking skin that this one. The only problem is that I suck horribly at design.

So I’ve been trolling through to look at freebie designs to use. I went through them alphabetically and stopped at the I’s. Of the ones I’ve seen, here are the possibilities so far. My favorites:

- Carabeth Blue (very cool. My top favorite so far.)
- Turquoise and Cream (very American-Prospect-ish, eh?)
- Band Aid (I like the band-aid, though I’d probably replace it. Simple, crams a lot in.)
- American Currency (staid colors, but cool layout)
- Earthy Boxes on a Hillside (I’d definitely change the color scheme, but the layout kicks ass)
- Grey River
- “Goes Down Smooth” (great style, but not sure the layout’ll suit me)
- and then i said
- In Deep Water (super layout, bad colors)

And some runners-up:

- Hey Green (great layout, but I’d tweak the color prolly)
- three-column gothic (good organization, but I’d have to change that inky scheme)
- Massacre Face (demented)
- Blue is for boys (about as plain as you can get, but good interface)
- Blogscape Dual White Tables (super-busy, but allows for tons of stuff on the first page)
- Blue’s Clues (man, people really like the color blue in blog design! I find it hard to read on that background. Pretty, though.)
- Bold Lines, Modified (whoa — Mondrian-esque! One of the prizewinners in the Blogger Template Design Contest this summer) - “Cadet”

A final thought: People who use black backgrounds for their blogs must be on crack or something. I mean, jesus.

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I'm Clive Thompson, the author of Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better (Penguin Press). You can order the book now at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Powells, Indiebound, or through your local bookstore! I'm also a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and a columnist for Wired magazine. Email is here or ping me via the antiquated form of AOL IM (pomeranian99).

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