Thanks for your feedback. In reply to some of your points -
My personal additional notes: spread of social icons–indeed, spacing between icons is too wide.
- I agree with this (but one reviewer said increase the spacing, even though I knew it to be wrong!!)
To my opinion these blackened/whitened images are not right here, I understand you wanted to create a feel of minimalism but these images are not right to be displayed in black/white, it is not that type of photos… And to my eye the skins colours (apart maybe retro blue) are not good, they are as if from other place and do not match (they are too bright).
- I think this is total, personal preference. Any image/photo can be monochrome, and it enabled me to give that feeling of minimalism. Maybe you are used to seeing those original images in full colour? The accent colours were meant to have a starkness to them. As opposed to wishy-washy pastel shades, which do not contrast well against the white background.
Well, after countless revisions my theme has still not been accepted. Below are the latest points made by the reviewer -
- - the social icons – spread out too much.
- - the main nav, hard to notice.
- - latest project – plain, generic, improve the balance of white space and typography.
- - latest article – generic, bad typography
- - recent tweet & comments – the icons seem repetitive.
- - too many lines in the footer.
- -Good set of icons, but bad implementation.
- -portfolio, blog and contact page need improvements. The elements are not well aligned and the contact page looks incomplete.
The demo url can be found here
I think the theme is a pretty good example of a minimal theme, but I’m not having much look, after countless revisions!! Advice would be really appreciated.
Sounds like a plan! Good luck with the amends.
Pacifico is a Google Web Font. It’s pretty nice, and not (yet) overused in the community. Again, it really only looks great for logos, and possibly mission statements, but that’s a personal preference.
Like folks have mentioned. It’s too cramped. You can have themes with plenty of content, but you need to find suitable amounts of whitespace around those elements.
And drop the Lobster font dude! It’s going the way of the dinosaur, and is overused way too much on this design.
Keep on it, I can see you getting approved at some point! If not with this theme then certainly with another. You may even have to take a step back and submit a .HTML theme first…
On the technical front it’s hard to say, because we can’t see your backend, but some of the things which concern me with your theme are you only have one slider… How do you change and upload new images? Are you coding to wp standards, like using the wp_enque script to load js and css styles?
The portfolio section has only one column style? What about multiple columns? At the moment the design is good, just nothing to separate it from the others.
Remember the bar keeps getting raised so you have to introduce more features (technical wise) to give it the edge. The minimal theme is oversaturated.My advice would be to do a few retro styles. I saw some work on your homepage and it looks great. Perhaps, take a step back and submit it as a .psd file then .html and finally a fully wp theme.
On the backend you have a custom post type for Slides, so you can easily drop in an image, and caption. I am using wp_enqueue in my theme.
The options panel (using Options Framework) has been modded down to the icons and nav item hovers so it looks completely native to the WP backend. I think for the end-user this makes them feel much more comfortable than some garish options panel that looks completely removed from the rest of WP.
Multiple columns would definitely be a smart move!
thanks again mate.
Hey Mark Just want to say that I think your theme is awesome! I like the design and layout. Except for the fact that the reviewer stated that they have too many similar items, I think that this theme would’ve done good. Keep up the good work
Thanks buddy. I think it would have done ok (biased view) It’s just a bit of a shame, that it does bring something a little different to the minimal vibe, but that did not seem to go appreciated, hey ho!!
Kind of tempted to go back (visually) to my first love, Retro style. It’s what I’ve done for many years on client sites to great success…hmmmm!!
Was a little unhappy, as I got the rejection on my phone as I was just going off to sleep!! Not a good time!
But can you see where I’m coming from with the complete about-turn with reviewer replies?
With the reviewer replies, you are kind of scratching your head? Is it personal preference with that certain reviewer? If I change this, and this visually will it get accepted, or did he mean that I need to add 20 custom sliders, and 60 different page options? You need more precise details, and I feel that it is very wrong that you are not allowed to reply to a reviewer.
Some developers, like myself are taking months (on and off) of our spare time to create these themes, and then shot down with vague reviewer replies!!
Theme not accepted!!!
A little bit miffed here though I must say. The previous reply, above (from the same reviewer) looked like I had a fighting chance, then I receive the message below, which kind of says to me ‘You know what we were never going to accept this theme, we’d just string you out a little’. Pretty underhand if you ask me!
Thank you for taking the time to submit your item. Unfortunately this item does not meet our current technical quality requirements and cannot be accepted at this time. Please continue reading for additional information.
You made quite a few improvements but I’m afraid this isn’t enough.
The main problem with your theme is the lack of uniqueness. We have plenty of this kind of themes already and yours doesn’t stand out at this moment. You need to work on making this theme more refined by improving its overall appeal. I dare to say that the only page that is unique enough is the blog page.
Additionally, your theme seems heavily inspired by Orman Clark’s Classica.
I’m sorry but this one is not ready yet
The part about heavily influenced by Classica?! What that it’s a minimal theme? And the logo is in a script type font? Minimal is minimal is minimal. I personally thought I had taken a little more unique touch on the minimalist theme, better in some ways than themes that have been accepted up until quite recently.
Is it time to throw in the towel here???