The Rails based Typo blog engine has been gaining a lot of traction lately, and I’m seriously considering switching from WordPress. Don’t get me wrong - I love WordPress. It is a very solid and full featured blog engine that has never let me down. But I can’t deny that there’s a certain attraction to running a Rails based blog. I might even want to fiddle with the blog engine itself as an opportunity to get more up to speed on Rails.

Anyway, I decided to take the Typo Theme Contest that is currently in progress as an opportunity to play a bit with Typo and check out its theming capabilities. I’m impressed with the quality of the themes that have been submitted so far. If you are interested in a simple but colorful theme that gets by without using any images at all, you may want to check out my own submission to the contest: opyT.

It is based on the Scribbish theme, which has a very clean layout and has the CSS broken into several files. This makes it a lot easier to find the rules that are relevant for the aspect of the theme you are currently modifying. If you are planning on building your own Typo theme, I recommend you base this on Scribbish rather than the default Azure theme.