I am running a portal for my role-playing game, and since it's a universal game, I have people that are more into Fantasy, people that are more into SciFi and others that want something they can read well.
The "read well" theme could be any theme with good contrast, but i got a sugestion for all 3 of them:
Background black, sprinkled stars. Foreground: transparent red glass plate, you can see the stars through. Boxes: Thick plates of dark red crystal, text in bright red letters, like "glowing inside the crystal".
Top of the Theme could be a Menu that looks like Starship controls, and an elipsoid window with a flash / animated gif that shows the view out of the spacecraft onto a planet, where small spaceships start or land now and then.
Similar to SciFi in distribution of elements, but other color sceme: Light gray marble stone, the boxes as Tablets of stone, or etched into the stone with a nice shadow effect. Text inside the boxes as etched script cut into the stone.
Top of the Theme could be a view outsie a cave, onto a city or vulcano, smoke drifting up, a dragon circling around, etc. basically the fantasy equivalent of the scifi thingy-menue.
Background a wooden table, main box tractor-feed paper in bright white, with dark black, system font. Boxes at the side as post-it stickers.
Top of the Theme could be a scanned or drawn dot matrix printer, navigation buttons as buttons on the printer.
If you are interested in helping me with one or all of these ideas, please let me know. I will open an extra threat for each Theme and would upload my (unproffesional) PSD files, that would for sure look a lot better when done by a pro.
Any help welcome!