Does it hurt your eyes? Sorry - this is what I call “genuine design” What about usability - navigation? Typography? Search?
It may seem that Wordpress has more than enough themes ready to use. But when you come closer -
- standard/default themes are awfull
- most of them are not internationalized or internationalization is broken
- the vast majority use fixed width layout and fixed fonts - I hate this style
- only few works smoothly in IE6 which still is the most widely browser used I guess
So I had to do it myself. YUI CSS helped a lot. It gives you
- a relaible base (all browsers are brought to unified visual style)
- reasonable typography (fonts and spaces)
- grid framework (top-level web page layout markup)
It’s really very helpfull. CSS is a kind of black magic which can burn your brains. With YUI you just add your specific styles to well-established basement - fast and easy.
I also considered the Blueprint CSS which is promoted by Google but YUI has better concept, supports flexible layout and is far more mature.