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Sara Tušar Suhadolc is the winner of the SS3 default theme contest. Sara works as a web-designer/front-end developer at Slovenian digital agency Innovatif. We asked her to share the story of how her theme Simple came to life.

Over a year ago, we decided to ditch our own CMS and switch to SilverStripe. Since then, we’ve published numerous websites and learned a ton along the way. When we heard about the contest we saw it as a superb opportunity to finally give something back to the community. And so it begun..

I started working on a design two weeks before the deadline. The aim was to create a high-quality responsive theme that could easily be customized. There were a few versions of it, but in the end, I decided to abandon all the unnecessary elements, kitchy details and make it as simple as possible. I was juggling between three different typefaces for the headings and went for the Cambo Regular in the end, which among other qualities has a lovely ampersand (I’m a sucker for those!).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This has been an extremely valuable experience and I would like to thank Innovatif for being so supportive, the SilverStripe team for organizing the event and being there for me when I needed them, and Ethan Dunham for running the amazing free font conversion service FontSquirrel!

At the moment, we are polishing some last CSS details, so that even all those generated forms will look perfect for the official release. Can’t wait to see it live and kicking!

You can take a sneak peak of Simple in action here.