At first I enjoyed the idea of designing and building a WordPress theme from scratch. So far, though, it’s become more difficult than it seems… Even with the aid of online guides and blogs (I’m referencing thisone by Design Mag and thisotherone by net tuts plus).
So… I’m in the process of mocking up my custom WordPress theme in HTML/CSS. I sliced and diced my Photoshop composition and made simple divs to understand the basic structure of the theme (header, “sidebar”, content, footer). You can view my sliced up versions (without the HTML/CSS crap all over it) righthere and overhere.
Now I’m adding actual content, adjusting the size, margin and alignment of the many different divs, and stylizing the text, etc. You can see the hideous progress here: Chickateeclick and Clickityclak!
Note: I totally forgot about this, but I was considering adding a thin image slider at the top of the page, between the “sidebar” and content sections, but I’m not sure how I feel about it yet. After I’ve completed the HTML/CSS mockup, I’ll try to add it in.