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GJThemes says
There are a few inconsistent spacing/padding as well as alignment issues throughout the design. I’d like you to go over it with a fine toothed comb and weed out these basic design issues.
I think it’s a nice clean design, but for the above quote, I would look at the blog page and the top vertical dotted line below the killer slogan line and the first post intro; the dotted line looks like it should be more vertically centered between the top bottom elements. I would also look at the space between the intro image and the date with intro text…a little too close to the image, perhaps add more vertical space there. I would also space each intro post a bit further away from each other.
Please look into how you’re using white space—both micro and macro. It needs to be intuitive, consistent and frame the content correctly in the manner you seek.
They say “white space a lot” but for this one, I really cannot figure out what they are seeing (or not seeing). However, I would assume it’s related to what Smartik showed in the screenshots. That empty area looks odd like something is missing. Perhaps shorten the thumbnail and bring the intro text further up.
Overall typography and visual + typograpic hierarchy needs additional refinements and improvements before it will be ready for Theme Forest.
I think the main text content should be a bit larger. That’s all I can see…the font for the headings I think suits the overall concept.

With the minimalist style, you can get an idea by checking out Orman Clark’s portfolio of sites because he seems to do quite well and he does the minimalist concepts.

One thing I wanted to ask though, was it your intention to not show a blog post title heading on each intro? You might want to rethink that one :)

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GJThemes says
MBMedia said
Old thread, I know, don’t know if this was mentioned in any earlier pages. But I was using it for reference to find stock photos, and the very first one mentioned in the original 1st post is now absolutely not ok for using in templates.

From www.bigstockphoto.com/usage.html:

“YOU MAY NOT :

[...]

12. Use Images in a manner that competes with Bigstock’s business. This includes, by way of illustration only and not by way of limitation, displaying Images in any format (including thumbnails) for download on a website, offering Images for sale, incorporating Images into templates of any nature, including templates for websites, social networking websites, documents, projects or otherwise making Images available for distribution and/or sale to third parties.”

It doesn’t get much more clear than that :) Think we should get that first post edited to reflect that bigstockphoto.com does not allow images to be used in templates any more.

I dropped by this thread and I know it’s old as well but I think for sake of copyright issues, I see a lot of images in theme demos used that should not be used, but I will leave that decision to the other authors to make :) However, for myself, I’ve been using veer.com (I wish I could get commission for plugging that name in, but nope). I like to play it safe, so I don’t mind paying $2 per image (or 1 credit). It’s better than paying 10’s of $1000’s of dollars from copyright infringements :)

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GJThemes says

Well, although I still yet to get a theme in Theme Forest, I’ve been designing WordPress themes for 2.5 years now, but I’ve explored many options. I use Twenty Eleven as a foundation for some things, but generally will continue with my own. However, when it comes to theme settings (theme control panels), I currently use the Options Framework which can be part of the theme (which I prefer) or used as an installable plugin. I try to refrain from using any framework really because I believe in keeping a theme limited of scripts and heavy loads before a user puts content in, but for the theme options, that is as far as I will go with it. There’s different kinds of frameworks, and you can have them for the admin side only, the front-end, or both. I wouldn’t really call Twenty Eleven a framework, but more of a theme foundation.

One thing to keep in mind is that designing and developing themes, regardless of platform, should be done with the end-user in mind. Some will simply want the easiest, least amount of work type theme without knowledge of html, css, or other coding, while others like to delve into the code and make changes themselves.

I prefer to keep things as simple as possible, but remember that the more code you put into a theme, the more chances things could go wrong, especially when WordPress (or other cms’s) do big upgrade changes from time to time.

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GJThemes says

I have to say that for years of doing web design, I’ve always used Firefox for my primary development browser, but recently I’ve been using ie9. Shocking I know, but honestly, I’m actually amazed at how well ie9 has become, especially with html5 and css3. With Firefox, I’ve been using the webmasters toolbar, but then I discovered the ie9 version and I’m blown away but it. Much better! And yes, I hate myself for liking an ie browser after using Firefox for so many years.

As for ie7, I scrapped that, in fact, I’m almost scrapping ie8 (almost), because not too long from now, ie10 will be arriving.

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GJThemes says

Almost reminds me when I was cleaning out old databases from my host account only to later realize I also deleted my website’s database…a site that was live, for my business, and that had over 1800 theme memberships! lol….I was lucky to have a host that kept server backups. Anyway, in relation to what you experienced, it took time but I eventually got into a habit of saving after each thingi I do to my file. So for example, add a drop shadow? Save! Deleted a layer? Save! Just like a few others here, and I know it sounds crazy but being as I’m on a Windows machine, I simply do Ctrl + S for save and I almost do it without realizing I’m doing it as it takes a split second and then I’m off to do more work to the file. Even auto save every 5 minutes can lose a lot of work within that timeframe if something happens at 4:59 seconds in.

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GJThemes says

Thanks again virtuti….not to worry about the part asking who was the reviewer. But I agree that “specifics” should be given of what to change, for example, “adjust the margins between headings and content” or “try a different font for the menus” etc. However, I would imagine that the reviewers must have a lot of themes to review too, so I’m not sure how much time they really have to do a full explanation, although it would be proactive in the improvements of themes that do get rejected so the author isn’t left guessing what to change…they could end up changing something that didn’t need changing.

Anyway, I will decide how to proceed with my Biosphere theme if I will try once more at Theme Forest or keep it selling on my site.

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GJThemes says

Hi virtuti….thanks for the reply and comments…I’m not sure it’s right for me to say names of who reviewed it but there was no specifics to what elements in detail, but it was one of their form letter type emails. Unless the lead reviewer or another one reads this and is curious about reviewing it again, I’m willing to resubmit, otherwise, I will simply continue with my next theme which is already started.

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GJThemes says

Hi loreleiweb…the photo in the background was originally 1.5 mb in size and I had to bring it it down enough, which does degrade the image a bit, but any photo a person uses could be different; they can just opt in for a solid colour background or pattern if they wish as well.

Anyway, thanks for the comments.

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GJThemes says

quick little update…a friend of mine suggested that this theme might not get approved because it’s a little too unique for themeforest, would that be a valid guess?

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GJThemes says

Thank you for the comment…the curved top and bottom was something I wanted to do rather than have a typical squared look like every website seems to have, whether fixed width or full width. As for the validation etc…I actually used a WordPress theme checker on it which gave it 100% pass, but the html had about 8 things in the w3c validator, but were not significant because one related to WordPress itself, another was a plugin that I was using on the demo site (only), and the remaining was a result of using HTML5 (which isn’t 100% accepted by w3c yet). I bypass a lot of css as the validator is still outdated. A lot of Themes in themeforest do not validate, even one very popular one (I won’t name it here), so I took the results of the validation as a grain of salt. Granted, it would be ideal to have an absolute perfect green checkmark for everything, including third party scripts and plugins :)

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