Desk Mess is a two columns (sidebar to the right), widget and gravatar-ready theme. From the theme’s description:
Casual work-desk theme for a different blogging experience. Brought to you by Geek with Laptop
What I think is nice about this theme:
Why, it looks good, doesn’t it? The header area is a major point of interest for this theme, resembling a messy desk from which this theme gets its name. Aside from the somewhat puzzling look of the top nav (pieces of paper stapled to the desk), the whole thing looks quite realistic and nice.
A stunningly designed header won’t help if the content area itself is a total mess. Fortunately, Desk Mess doesn’t disappoint. The blog posts actually look quite organized: they’re easily readable thanks to the nice combination of font size and line spacing.
The sidebar area looks good too, the visual style looks good and it’s readable as well. By default, that is if you don’t have anything set on your Widgets, the theme will show a search form, calendar, blogroll, categories and archives boxes. The search form itself is not part of the widgetized sidebar, meaning that it will always be there whether you modify your Widgets content or not.
The comment area looks quite ordered as well. The comments and trackbacks are mixed together in one list, there is a background color difference for alternating comments, yet there is no special stylings to show admin comments. I do like the fact that everything’s easily readable there, too.
Edge Cases / Minor Gripes:
The blog title does not link to home page. The theme does have a Home link on the top nav, but I can see how some people will unconsciously clicking the title and get mildly annoyed that it does nothing. Linking the blog title shouldn’t be too hard, and I don’t see any disadvantages to that.
Both the title/description and the top nav area use a fixed width background, ignoring the fact that you might have a longer title there. The result is ugly:
The two broken Page titles are “Element Examples” and “Example Images”. Also, the “About” nav shows the background being repeated, despite it being a relatively short text.
Other than that, though, I can’t find anything to complain about this theme. I’d say that the things on the header image looks a little jagged on the edges, and would look better with alpha transparency instead, but that’s really making a mountain out of a mole hill. Generally, the theme’s great as it is.
Overall, Desk Mess is a finely designed theme. If you want a unique looking theme and are lucky enough to have both blog title/description and Page titles that don’t break the header and top nav area, this could be the theme for you.