@iKreativ I appreciate you taking the time to do all of that. Thanks a lot man! @Anps It helps. Thanks a lot!
I’ll work on the design based on your suggestions and will also keep them in mind for future works.
Nevermind. I’m just gonna start from scratch. I’ll decide later what to do with this theme.
Of course, I remember you. You rejected so many of my themes in the past, how can I forget? Just kidding. For a while, I’ve given up on design and focused on development and stuff. Now I decided to design again and this is what I came up with. So I guess that’s the reason my design looks “dated”.
Thanks a lot for the input. I will try to improve the design but I just don’t know where to begin. So I hope you don’t mind me asking – if you were asked to improve this theme and make it “TF ready”, what are the specific things you’ll change? I would really appreciate just a few pointers.
Hi Darren, where have you been in the past years? Not sure if you still remember me?
Anyway, I think your theme is not that bad tho. But as you know, the standards raised in the past few years There are a few areas that required improvements especially the content area and typography. Design wise, it looks a bit dated at the moment. However, with some refinements, it could stand stronger with its ‘unique’ style.Welcome back Darren
Thanks for the input.
It really looks “old” somehow. Try to give your site a more modern look.
I dont like the logo, the menu, the buttons.. the whole concept.It does look informative with a lot of content but the design is kind of poor.. I like the structure you could use some more white space though.
Well I did assume that’s what you said because according to you:
case 1. Technically advanced with sub par visuals = Approved case 2. Technically basic with outstanding visuals = Approved case 3. Technically basic with sub par visuals = Rejected
You do think that my theme has sub par visuals, ok. So based on your theory, the only way I can get accepted is if I have advanced features (case 1). But I got rejected so that means I’m case 3 (technically basic w/ sub par visuals).
Like I said (again), I wouldn’t have any problems if all the recent themes are superior to mine in terms of design. Man, I’m really itching to show the two themes I’m talking about and ask you guys if you think they are better visually than my theme. Because I asked some people around me, some are real designers too and they think mine has better visuals than those themes. But like I said, I can’t do that here because that would be inappropriate.
No-ones saying your feature set is basic, but you’re not offering anything substantial that other themes with better design have, that’s the issue. -Scott
I know that (design first, features second). But like I said, I would totally understand the rejection if I can’t find any recent themes that are equal or somewhat inferior in terms of design to my item. I don’t want to berate the themes here, they’re all good of course. But I can point to a couple of recent WP themes here that I know mine has better design quality.
And it’s not like I’m unqualified to judge whether a design is better than mine or not. After all, if you check my profile, I made 700+ sales in the past. One of my items was featured and I was a featured author (check the badges), before I went on 2 years hiatus.
I don’t know about their features (those themes I’m referring to) but like I said, I wouldn’t call my theme’s features “basic”.
I know its frustrating for a developer to get rejected, but tf prioritize more on visual design features and functions comes in second.I have something to offer for you give me a PM using tf messaging system.
I know I’m not a pro designer like some of you here. I’m developer first, designer second. And I wouldn’t have any problems if I can’t point to a theme already accepted (recently) that are sub par to mine in terms of design. But I know I can, though I won’t since it will be inappropriate.
In terms of technical features, I wouldn’t describe mine as basic. Why do you think it took me 6 months to develop this? You’ll know it when you browse the demo. All jQuery and JS plugins (except for cufon) are custom made for this theme. So it’s WAY faster (my webhost suck though so it might seem slow) because it doesn’t load unnecessary clutter functions from downloadable jQuery plugins. All pages validates XHTML strict, has built-in caching system, custom widgets (some are as complex as a complete working plugin – see Twitter widget), meta boxes, every bit of color can be changed in the theme options, switch between cufon and google fonts, upload backgrounds, etc. I wouldn’t call this basic.
I tested the theme over and over until I can safely say that it’s stable. I wrote a detailed documentation to help out users (http://rkquest.com/videology/documentation.html). I know my design isn’t top notch (but I know it’s not bad) so I tried to make it up with features. I hope you understand my frustration.
I know I can’t force envato to accept my theme. I’m willing to do changes if required but based on the response I got, it seems they totally dismissed it. If that is the case, I guess I’ll have to sell it somewhere else but I was really hoping I could sell it here.
Thanks a lot for the feedback.
Sorry dude, but there are far better(looking) free themes.
The way the review process works is kinda like this:Technically advanced with sub par visuals = Approved Technically basic with outstanding visuals = Approved Technically basic with sub par visuals – Rejected
Could you please look at my theme here.http://demo.rkquest.com/videology/
I made it easy to customize so you can achieve the following look without ever touching any of the theme files.http://demo.rkquest.com/videology-recycled/
If you browse the demo site, it has plenty of description of what you can do with the theme.
The reviewer’s comment was as follows.
The overall design quality of your submission does not meet our standard requirements and should only be resubmitted after being significantly improved. Please browse our current library for examples of the quality levels we’re currently seeking. Please note that resubmitting without improvements violates our review process and may lead to authorship suspension.
I don’t know what else to do with the theme to change it. So any feedback would be appreciated. Thanks!