Hearing about the high standards of the PSD category, it sounds like some might opt for skipping PSD and just jump to HTML. Personally as a designer first I’d like the challenge of getting the PSD approved first
No need to reply, I’m thinking aloud!
Good information from angrygorilla! Two months on your first item would sure test your resolve as its natural to be anxious to get your first item approved!
I have a question to add, and I hope it is on topic. I was wondering if it is still common to transition from PSD to HTML Template, then Wordpress? If your aim is ultimately Wordpress, is traveling that entire development path a waste of time or is putting your theme on the map as early as possible as “Coming Soon to Wordpress” well worth it? As a designer, I can see coding a bad design a major pitfall, and possibly going approved PSD to Wordpress a logical route…
I’ve operated a design business out of an office for 8 years with literally hundreds of clients – I’ve never signed a contract, and I work with businesses large and small. It’s true, you have to figure out the trust aspect and go from there. Get whatever contract you want, but if you can’t afford to pay a lawyer to litigate it in court, then paying a lawyer to do up a contract is a waste too, and this isn’t even taking into consideration your partnership may be international under different laws…
This is a tough one as I agree it’s pretty good! I feel like my suggestion is splitting hairs, but I’d increase letter spacing a bit. I think someone with more Themeforest PSD experience might have to step in here to make a better suggestion!
In a way I’m repeating but might be more specific, I think you need way more right and left margin/padding in your containers. The easiest to spot is in the footer, like how “© Ziliander 2012” touches the left side of the footer, and making your “read more” columns narrower will naturally give you more space to work with! I suppose once your padding is done, just make sure it is consistent from top to bottom…
I’m wondering if you should skip to HTML template? Logic would say it would be easier to sell to the masses if they can really dig what you are getting at and try out the concept… that’s just me!
I’ll put it another way – you have all the essential content and spacing blah blah blah done, figure out a twist on the homepage or something and run with it – just my 2 cents!
Honestly, it looks like a free theme from Wordpress.org – just like the reviewers, I’d say take a look at more Premium Themes here and take some do some comparisons!
I won’t say much since I haven’t made my first submission – but did you submit it without sample image content?
It looks like a good start but I think you need to build it up creatively – if you submit it again you’ll probably get the “it looks like a free theme” or something, and then you’ll get the “look at the themes of our top sellers ” or something… but I think you have a nice clean framework to start with, you’re just half done!
Honestly the theme is sooo Plain Jane. Yes, in the real world of design it’s fine and a client would love it, but WOW factor is needed for selling here and is something it lacks.
Yes, I haven’t released a theme here yet, but I just did a similar design for a client, the clock says 03:52:53 (4hrs) and it is approved for a full website, but I’m not sure I’d complain if it got rejected if I submitted it here – it’s nice but not Themeforest material.
Go back and shake up that design! Get a bit edgy! If you have honestly been working on it for months and not 4 hours like me you might be in a rut with the design need to turn it upside down!
Go for it! Great doesn’t necessarily = TF