WP 2 theme contest after-thoughts

I was totally shocked with the outcome, to tell you the truth (you can even read my personal blog for my initial reaction). I never expected to win anything in the WordPress 2 theme competition. You have no idea how honored I feel placing second for Kurtina and Best Use of Colors for Dapit Hapon.

Congratulations to the other winners! πŸ™‚

Thank you to everyone who supported my work… and thanks too to those who didn’t πŸ˜€ Oddly enough, I find the “negative vibe” extremely entertaining (ahh… the wonders of Technorati, also helps me keep track of those who hate my themes hehehe).

I’ve seen my name come up in a few times in the increasingly long comments thread of contest results. Some aren’t very nice. Not to be arrogant or anything, but the “negativity” just makes me want to roll my eyes and snort. Call me calloused, but I’m used to it. You should hear my dad criticize my work. He’s an artist and a photojournalist, and my critic for important client projects.

However, one of the comments caught my eye:

wank said,
May 17, 2006 @ 7:26 am
David: does this mean you consider Gail Dela Cruz undeserving of her gift certificate? That’s harsh, and might have been better kept to yourself. If you think she’s more of a coder than a photoshopper I have to wonder where your eyes are.

I must tell you that this made me feel really flattered. Getting a compliment like that from Wank is very flattering indeed. I’m not being sarcastic here, don’t get me wrong. I’ve long been a reader and a fan of his blogβ€”the way he writes his entries makes me laugh. So you can just imagine how pleased I was when I saw his comment about me.

And yes, Wank, you’re right. I am a photoshopper. Been a photoshopper for almost 10 years now πŸ™‚

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9 Replies to “WP 2 theme contest after-thoughts”

  1. Hi Gail,

    Congratulations for winning the awards! Such honor you bring to us Filipinos.
    I love your design. How much do you charge for making a customized theme? And how long can you make it.

    I am starting a an IT concierge company and I will be needing subcontractors.

    I do hope you are interested.

    Take care,

  2. wow! galing! congrats, gail. i think you’re one of the best webdesigners out there, and you definitely deserve the recognition. πŸ™‚

  3. I just wanted to drop you a line and say that I found the composition of Dapit Hapon gorgeous. You deserve whatever kudos you get.

    Sure, I’m adapting/ruining it for my personal use, but its color gestalt was what hooked me into using it as a framework. Thanks for being such a generous and gracious designer.

  4. Gail, I really like all of your designs. They show a lot of thought and are refreshingly different.

    I’ve been playing around with your Dapit Hapon design on a blog I’m working on. You can see it by clicking on my name. It’s not quite finished but it is coming along.

    I’m trying to have just one fact show up on the first page and then 8 to 10 on each archive page. I’m not sure how to do that. If you or one of your readers knows how to make that work I would sure appreciate any suggestions.

    Keep up the great work!!! and Thanks for sharing!!!

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