I switched on Monday to a new theme, Excel, that addresses a few of the issues I had with Cutline. The color balance is much better than with the version of Cutline I was using (which I must say, in all fairness, was a much older version of the theme). I also like the layout, which is a two column layout but which floats the post “trivia” (publish date, tags, categories, etc.) in a separate mini column, leaving just post title and text in the main column.
Things I don’t like:
- The amount of vertical space consumed by the header region (seems to be a common trend among the themes I’ve tried so far)
- Need to tweak styles — tags and recent comments run into each other, headings in the sidebar are too prominent, need some custom style work for the Delicious widget
- The dark borders around images and the big blocky links make the top of the page feel too heavy
But it feels closer than Cutline did.