After a few delays (*shakes fist at LJ*), the new layout for the comm is live! There are three beautiful banners by theeverdream
in rotation currently.
Let me know in a comment here if you experience any kind of problem with it. There's one problem that I know of at the moment which I'm working to resolve (at least one entry is shorter than the userpic/date combo and it's running into the next entry), so hopefully that will be fixed soon. (ETA: Resolved!) If you do have another problem, tell me what browser you're using and describe the problem as much as you can.
I'm also open to changing various colors if legibility is a problem.
Otherwise, I made a few decisions which are reversible:
1) I removed the navigation strip, purely because I don't like how it looks. ;) If people want it, though, I can put it back.
2) I changed the tags from cloud to list. Again, that can be changed if people prefer it the other way.
3) The order of things in the sidebar can be changed. I think I left everything in its default order. (ETA: Spoke too soon. This is not possible without a paid account and some significant rewiring, so to speak. There's some discussion in the comments about ways around this.)
4) I have not made custom entry/comment pages for this comm and to be honest, I'm reluctant to do so. I think LJ's default page is generally easier to read, and this is a highly text-driven project.
I think that's about it! Again, it may take a day or two to shake all the bugs out, so please be patient if things are wonky, especially given LJ's delightful robustness of late. You can always view in your own style until I've fixed the problem if things are really difficult to read.