Desk Mess Theme Review



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.

Grab your copy at the official WordPress Theme Directory, check out the demo, and don’t forget to visit the theme author’s site to show your appreciation.

10 thoughts on “Desk Mess Theme Review

  1. I am using this theme. Just got it installed. With the download, is included some nice sidebar .png files for Flickr and Twitter. The thing is, I am not sure if these are designed to work with a specific widget or if there is a way to integrate the, into the existing sidebar.

    Would you have any ideas?

  2. I’m using this theme for my personal blog…

    Nice, beautiful…really cool design…my blog visitor gradually increase since i change to use this theme…

    take a look: EiNS, from

  3. Hi,

    I love your blog. You have really tried in making your blog informative. Please keep it up
    Can I come around sometimes and leave my opinion on what I read on your blog?


  4. Hello,

    I was wondering the same thing about the flickr and twitter graphics for the widget sidebar. How can I put these in place? The categories section of the sidebar.php is not even showing up in the sidebar right now either. Any suggestions on how to activiate or place the twitter section? I have the Twitter Tools widget activiated from WordPress on my blog.

  5. I’m also using this theme and I love it! Desk Mess is no longer available, as far as I can determine. It’s not on the official WordPress site and it’s not on the author’s site any more.

  6. If someone has this theme zipped up somewhere, could they upload it somewhere so I can download it? It’s nowhere to be found. 🙁

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