Well I created a really bad design on purpose, I wouldn’t use those colors… and I hope nobody else does either!
A while back I noticed that a lot of the rejected themes posted here included the same mistakes: no grid, weak contrast, poor color choices… so I decided to write a detailed tutorial on how to improve a design according to a few key principles.
The talent level on Themeforest has really gone up dramatically in the past few months, so I don’t know if it will really be that useful here… But in any case here is the first part, I’d love to know what you think:
Oh I didn’t think it was a bash, it’s just that if I had noticed the date I would’ve laughed too
This is not the right place to ask about that, I suggest you contact freshface directly via his Themeforest profile, or the freshkiller website.
@Ivor, thanks that was an interesting article.
I think there’s a general feeling that the top premium themes are too similar to one another. But the thing most people overlook is that if an author chooses to adopt the same slider-with-three-columns template as everybody else, it also means that the only way they’ll be able to compete is by producing something of very high quality.
So I think both type of authors are necessary: “explorers” who try out new things, and “refiners” who take an existing concept and improve it.
That’s too bad… But I figured it wasn’t trivial to add someting like this. Maybe a simpler way to do it would be to let coders pick a PSD template to code, and then the PSD ’s author would get a fixed cut of the html template’s (or wp theme) profits.
To be honest I didn’t know that “death of premium themes” post was two years old, because the date is not displayed anywhere. But I thought it was a good idea to address that question, because you will always find people who say that “facebook is dead”, “the app store is dead”, or “X is dying”...
Thanks guys! I also find it very interesting to learn about different author’s view of theme design, so I’ll try to interview many different authors (and not just the top seller either, everybody’s got their story to tell).
Using AJAX to include the file is already what I’m doing… I’m not sure what you mean?
Freshface is one of Themeforest’s most original and most succesful authors, and to celebrate his newly aquired gold paw, I asked him a few questions. Topics include his best-selling London Creative theme, fighting theme piracy, and the state of the Wordpress premium theme market.