I’m sure by now, many of you have seen the new theme for Kuwait Paper Dump. That design is the result of a long decision making process that my partner and I had to go through, but it was well worth the effort.
Just to give you an idea: we contemplated numerous functionality scenarios for of the site and tested for overall user experience. We had to decide on fundamental options like: two columns, or three? Bounded or unbounded layout? Gird or list view? Font sizes? Colors? Ad positions? I think you get the idea.
To build a useful website, content needs to load fast. Kuwait Paper Dump is full of images, therefore the theme must use as little graphics as possible to guarantee fast load times.
This was our initial wireframe. The graphics consisted of the site logo and small icons for metadata. It was fast compact theme, but there was too much whitespace. Once we added the navigational tools and included search, problems began to arise.