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09 August 2011 @ 10:03 pm
Top 5 Layouts of 2010  
I planned to do this months ago, and while cleaning out my computer I found the half-done post I was planning on making back in January, so here it is...

01. Immortality (Forever Young)
This is by far my most favorite of all my layouts. I know its a very blah color scheme, but I think that works perfectly with the overall theme of the layout. I was of course listening to the song (I had just discovered Jay-Z's version) so I definitely was inspired by the song. And there is just something about this layout that screams, I wanna live forever.

02. Treaty of 1918
I'm not sure where the idea came from for the "striped" navigation but it just popped into my head one day, and usually when I come up with an idea (one that works, of course) I'm pretty hell-bent on making it happen. I remember it took me forever to figure out how to separate the links, which now of course is an easy task, but when its not something you've ever known how to do it can be pretty tricky. Despite the several problems I had with this layout, I love it to death. I especially love the yellow, its not one of my favorite colors but I can't see any other color working as well with this layout other than that yellow. My plan is to revamp it one day so it has a lot less issues than it did originally.

03. White Demon
Once again, I know it's a blah color scheme, but I just absolutely love it. I think I was going through a gray phase last year. I remember not really wanting to have a sidebar, but I had gotten a lot of suggestions about adding more sidebars in my layouts. I like this because everything is in the sidebar, usually I end up having to take things out because a huge sidebar looks terrible, but this layout works well with the full sidebar.

04. Space Odyssey
What's not to love about this layout. I love the background, and the transparency of the entries. I think that's a really neat effect. I wish, however, that I would have come up with more of a creative idea for the navigation links. They're just kind of free-standing, which is representative of space given the whole zero gravity thing, but I still feel like I could have done something more with them. Maybe I'll go back and try to figure out how to make it a little better, one day.

05. Bookface
Seriously, how could you not love this layout? Well, probably because it no longer looks like Facebook, but that's not my fault. Back in April of last year, thats what Facebook looked like. Its funny to think how much that site has changed in only a year. I think I had just watched the Halloween episode of The Office when Jim goes as Facebook, and was using Facebook and thought, "I wonder if I could make a layout that looks just like it!" It actually wasn't as difficult as I thought it would be, but I think it was the layout that I realized I have a pretty good knack for layout making. I turned Facebook into an lj layout and the fact that it was a pretty original idea (on lj anyway, haha) is kind of what made it even better. Sadly, no one would probably believe this is a facebook inspired layout anymore, but I guess that just means I'll have to make another ;)