Posts by AndrewE

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AndrewE says


Overall: Elegant Themes FTW !

For the price of one theme on TF you get access to all their themes. Now that’s just plain awesome.

TF vs Theme Garden: I’m going with Theme Garden. Their stuff is fresh and they also include the amazing WPShower!!

Also rooting for Graph Press Paper cos they released a lot of their themes for free and cos they’re one of the original WP theme pioneers.
:S

No need to be sad. It’s all just a game. I’m still an avid TF user!!

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AndrewE says

Overall: Elegant Themes FTW !

For the price of one theme on TF you get access to all their themes. Now that’s just plain awesome.

TF vs Theme Garden: I’m going with Theme Garden. Their stuff is fresh and they also include the amazing WPShower!!

Also rooting for Graph Press Paper cos they released a lot of their themes for free and cos they’re one of the original WP theme pioneers.

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AndrewE says

I hope you crush it!! But with 500 themes, I wouldn’t even bother with TF. Just start a rival site, sell your themes for $20 and corner the market. Either way, best of luck :)

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AndrewE says



It’s a simple case of supply and demand. There is little point in pondering over why this has happened when the answer is obvious, there is greater demand for these themes so developers are creating more of them. I have put at least one minimal style design on the back burner because I now it will sell less. Any other questions I can help you with?

There is no such thing as a “simple case of supply and demand”. Economic markets do not operate in vacuums. In naming it as such, you omit, for example, the case that economic value is split at its base with cultural value.

That there may be a statistical tendency towards a particular product does not preclude the possibility that an underestimated product will not also be of value. Think of the significance in terms of brand reputation and legacy in aligning a business with such a product. Microsoft vs Macintosh is the obvious case in point. Of course it takes courage and vision to develop a product that is statistically undervalued.

But none of this matters. What does matter is that the moment you restrict thinking to the confines of what you accept as seemingly “obvious” is the moment you regress in your development as an intelligent being and become one with the proverbial status quo.

Final point, my original post was not a call for “minimal design” since minimalism would be the aesthetic opposite to “bling”! Rather, it was a call for more content and user oriented designs along the lines of those listed in my blog post. I will not list them here again as I know ThemeForest doesn’t take kindly to referencing the competition.
Blah blah blah… way too long of a response to my joke. ;)

Nice try at back-peddling. ;)

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AndrewE says

It’s a simple case of supply and demand. There is little point in pondering over why this has happened when the answer is obvious, there is greater demand for these themes so developers are creating more of them. I have put at least one minimal style design on the back burner because I now it will sell less. Any other questions I can help you with?

There is no such thing as a “simple case of supply and demand”. Economic markets do not operate in vacuums. In naming it as such, you omit, for example, the case that economic value is split at its base with cultural value.

That there may be a statistical tendency towards a particular product does not preclude the possibility that an underestimated product will not also be of value. Think of the significance in terms of brand reputation and legacy in aligning a business with such a product. Microsoft vs Macintosh is the obvious case in point. Of course it takes courage and vision to develop a product that is statistically undervalued.

But none of this matters. What does matter is that the moment you restrict thinking to the confines of what you accept as seemingly “obvious” is the moment you regress in your development as an intelligent being and become one with the proverbial status quo.

Final point, my original post was not a call for “minimal design” since minimalism would be the aesthetic opposite to “bling”! Rather, it was a call for more content and user oriented designs along the lines of those listed in my blog post. I will not list them here again as I know ThemeForest doesn’t take kindly to referencing the competition.

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AndrewE says

Agreed it’s a great theme – although I still find the front page too busy for my liking (disclaimer: taste is subjective). A simple single stream of posts would make it even more usable to me. Something along the lines of Copyblogger or TechCrunch for example.

Anyway, I’m sure we can single out a few more from the ThemeForest archive, but as a general trend you get my point right?

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AndrewE says

This thread echoes a recent blog post I wrote about the state of clean, professional and effective themes for serious bloggers. The blog is a provocation for developers and a plea for more choices in the serious/pro blogger theme field.

My feeling is that the premium theme market is saturated with eye-candy type designs, whereas if you take a look at some of the most successful and widely read blogs, the WordPress themes in use tend to be paired down so that content is given 1st place and aesthetic bling 2nd place.

I’d love to hear thoughts from the design/developer and user communities here on ThemeForest.

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AndrewE says

Hi all,

I’m on the look out for a theme that could be used for a museum or an art gallery, one that would allow you to display and archive special collections of material.

I’ve rarely seen any museum/art gallery/library themes, perhaps this is a niche designers might think about tapping in to?

There are two main axis that such a theme would need to consider:

1. Amazing visuals in an accessible, interactive layout. 2. Excellent and prominent search and filter functions to navigate into the archive.

If there are any designers that are interested in taking a shot at this sort of thing, I’d be more than willing to spend more time fleshing out specific theme details.

Thanks for reading.

Look forward to hearing from the community.

Andrew.

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