2nd Contest - 1st Winner

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We chose Shootantio as the the 1st winner of our 2nd contest because of the totally great, complete, detailed, and lengthy review entry post, very clean look, and great blend of design and content.

Here's the winning entry post:

Introduction

In the beginning of this month, OurBlogTemplates.com are opening up a 2nd contest to showcase our blog there for a week. The closing date is October 31, 2008. For the complete information of this contest, you can see "OurBlogTemplates.com - 2nd Contest: Showcase your blog here". Formerly, OurBlogTemplates.com has been opened up an opportunity to all bloggers to showcase their blogs there at Ourblogtemplates.com in the beginning of September, 2008. The 1st contest has been closed at September 21, 2008.

This review bellow have purpose to participate in the "OurBlogTemplates.com - 2nd Contest: Showcase your blog here", specifically review for design of OurBlogTemplates.com. So, I give a title for this design review is "Our "Best" Blogger Templates Design Review". Generally, in this review I will make short analyze about OurBlogTemplates.com design elements and graphics consistency, colors complimentary and appropriateness, designed to load faster and top rank in search engine, font sizes and text formats consistency and readability, and distracting design features or site functions. I hope you will enjoy this review.


Design Elements and Graphics Consistency

Line elements in OurBlogTemplates.com design are right in their own places. There aren't find any problems with visualization of lines in OurBlogTemplates.com design. Shape elements in OurBlogTemplates.com design are good. As visually, OurBlogTemplates.com design have their own good shape and have good balance. Direction elements in OurBlogTemplates.com design are very proportional. Horizontal direction suggests calmness, stability and tranquility. Vertical gives a feeling of balance, formality and alertness. Oblique suggests movement and action. Size elements are very sufficient. The size area that occupied by one shape to that of another in OurBlogTemplates.com design have no problems. Texture elements in OurBlogTemplates.com design are very smooth and soft. Visual texture in there don't make user's eyes tired. Color elements in OurBlogTemplates.com design are very interesting. There are have good hue to catch user's eyes. Value elements in OurBlogTemplates.com design have sufficient lightness and also have adequate darkness of the color. There are have good tone.

For graphic consistency, OurBlogTemplates.com design have good harmony. That harmony are sourced and united from the design elements that have explained above. Every design elements are bundled, make a unity and create a good harmony each others. Bellow here, you can see the OurBlogTemplates.com header logo that also represents of their Consistency:

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Colors Complimentary and Appropriateness

OurBlogTemplates.com layout design, have background color code #333333, body background color code #FFFFFF, post title color code #BB0000, side bar title color code #BB0000, lines color code #E6E6E6, links color code #4178C0, main and side bar text color code #616161, ads navbar background color code #4178C0, header image color code #3871BD and #FF5F00, upper and lower horizontal lines color code #32527A, footer background color #000000, footer text color code #999999, and also footer links color code #66B5FF. You can see the preview image of OurBlogTemplates.com layout design and also color composition usage bellow:

Our Best Blogger Templates Design Review - Graphic Design Drawing - Shootantio.Blogspot.com

All of colors selection code above, build a good view and harmony that make user's eye will not tired in spite of long time duration seeing. For that reasons, we can say OurBlogTemplates.com layout design have good colors complimentary and good appropriateness.


Designed to Load Faster and Top Rank in Search Engine

When I type and search with "our best blogger templates" keywords in Google.com Search Engine, OurBlogTemplates.com are in the top position. You can see the preview image that OurBlogTemplates.com is in the 1st position bellow:

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Furthermore, in the top right side of that Google Search Result, you can see that OurBlogTemplates.com is the top position of 1st page, from 717,000 search results, for "our best blogger templates" keywords, and have 0.06 seconds time results. You can see the preview image that OurBlogTemplates.com load faster in Google Search Engine bellow:

Our Best Blogger Templates Design Review - Graphic Design Drawing - Shootantio.Blogspot.com


Font Sizes and Text Formats Consistency and Readability

OurBlogTemplates.com have good font size and text formats consistency. This fact will be proofed when you watch closely every part of OurBlogTemplates.com pages. Don't be hesitate, OurBlogTemplates.com have good font size and text formats consistency. You can see the preview image that show OurBlogTemplates.com text size and font type bellow:

Our Best Blogger Templates Design Review - Graphic Design Drawing - Shootantio.Blogspot.com

When I try to open page source of OurBlogTemplates.com, I found that OurBlogTemplates.com use font size 100%. It means that normally font size usage and will give readability consequence to all readers. OurBlogTemplates.com use several font there are Arial, Verdana, Helvetica, Tahoma, and Sans-serif. These font types are also readability to almost of all readers. You can see the preview image that show OurBlogTemplates.com page source where contains font size and text formats information bellow:

Our Best Blogger Templates Design Review - Graphic Design Drawing - Shootantio.Blogspot.com


Distracting Design Features or Site Functions

OurBlogTemplates.com don't have any distracting design features or any distracting site functions. This pronouncement will be proofed when you keep track of every part in OurBlogTemplates.com.


Conclusions

After you read and understand "Our "Best" Blogger Templates Design Review" above, I hope you can answer following questions that related with contents of this review. Here are the question:
  • Are OurBlogTemplates.com design elements and graphics consistent?
  • Are OurBlogTemplates.com colors complimentary and appropriate?
  • Is OurBlogTemplates.com designed to load faster and top rank in search engine?
  • Are OurBlogTemplates.com font sizes and text formats consistent and readable?
  • Are there distracting design features or site functions?
OurBlogTemplates.com is one website that balances the beauty and the brains. Beauty being the nicely designed graphics, design elements and brains are the features, functionality and content. It is also important that OurBlogTemplates.com conveys professionalism with its design, because for many people, it's an important factor in reading and subscribing. Generallt, this review above analyze OurBlogTemplates.com's color combination, graphic sizes and placement, font sizes and colors, as well as its overall look and feel.

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2nd Contest - 2nd Winner

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We chose Ruthi's Breathing Space as the 2nd winner of our 2nd contest because of the clean use of our template with good design changes, great story in promoting Ourblogtemplates.com in the entry post, and strong support in Ourblogtemplates.

Here's the entry post:

THIS BLOG UNDERWENT MAJOR RECONSTRUCTION... for the Nth time.

I was in a designing mood the entire week last week that is why my blogging frame of mind took a back seat for the moment. I was using the old blogger template since I signed up here [the one that is readily available when you create a blog account here] but I made a few customizations here and there as I learned the rope of html codes and their significance. Somehow I was able to do few drastic changes in the entire template lay-out [like changing the 2-column template to 3-column] through some helpful websites that give simple and easy tutorial lessons like Dummies’ Guide to Google Bloggers, Blogger Buster and Tips for New Bloggers. I also learned to design my own header and did a lot of them for my former school (5), my cousin (2) and my baby brother (4). And I added widgets left and right too.

Then, one day when I signed in to this blog the entire page was blank except for the blog title, the categories, the blog archives and the widget clock. I freaked out. I wasn’t able to find any of my posts. Then I checked my brother’s blog [which I am officially babysitting] and it has the same fate as mine. I freaked out some more.

So I googled… I googled more… and I googled hard. Then I found ourBLOGGERTemplate.com and found lots of FREE blogger templates. This is the best blogger template website that I've ever found in google. All the templates are cool and easy to install. It has tutorials on how you can customize the tamplates to your own style that will suit your personality and taste. They have tips that you can use to enhance and improve your lay-out.And they have updates on everything about blogger. In other words... ourBLOGGERtemplate.com rocks... to the max.

And so, I downloaded tons of templates [I have lots of blogs of my own and more adopted ones, remember?] and decided that it’s about time to make a change. Why not? Even Obama is calling for change, right? And I did. And this is the result of that drastic decision I made last week. It was painstaking but worth it. I single-handedly copied all the important data in notepad especially my friends’ blogroll [that task almost killed me] and re-installed them one by one. So, all of my 4 blogger accounts – a Carpenter's WIFE's tool box, My REFUGE, sa puso at isip and THIS ONE… had major facelifts courtesy of ourBLOGGERTemplate.com, now I need one myself… literally.

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2nd Contest - 3rd Winner

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We chose the Prometheus Aerospace blog as the 3rd winner of our 2nd contest because of the strong support the blog author gives to Ourblogtemplates by using our templates in all her blogs, and a great review entry too.

Here's the entry post:

The purpose of this post is to officially enter Prometheus Aerospace in Our Blogger Template's Second Showcase Contest. I cannot say enough good things about Our Blogger Templates. When I decided to start blogging a few months ago, I had initially planned on adopting a WordPress format. What can I say except that for me, WordPress was a huge headache. It just was not the user-friendly platform I needed to succeed as a webmaster. Then, I decided to give Blogger a try and fell in love with its ease of use -- especially its visual layout and ability to customize fonts and colors. The main problem for me, at that point, was the lack of adequate 3-column templates. Enter Our Blogger Templates.
The day I found Our Blogger Template's site online was a blessed day indeed. Not only did they have a wonderful variety of templates in multiple formats (including 3-column), but their ability to be customized is top-rate. I especially like the fact that OBT has included variables for so many sections of the template. The simplicity of being able to modify the colors and fonts cannot be overstated, and this is a real time-saver that I appreciate -- especially since I am not that much of a whiz with HTML or CSS
I started out with one blog and now have eight full-time sites, and they ALL use templates from Our Blogger Templates! I have implemented the Fishing template on this site and some of my other sites because it works so seamlessly. After I am done customizing the colors, fonts and header images, each site has its own unique feel. This frees me to focus my time on content and not technical issues.
Further, Our Blogger Templates provides their templates for free! That's right, FREE! Having done design-work for Prometheus Aerospace's sister site, Headers Galore, I can appreciate how much thought, time and effort has gone into OBT's templates. Thanks for what you do, Our Blogger Templates! I cannot thank you enough for making my life easier. I wish you nothing but success :)

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