Btw, my last input was referenced to your Albus theme. Just took a look at Azure.
My first overall impression is quite good. Imho, there are some minor things to tweak to be done here.
Lobster is a dope font, i love it. But it’s not a good choice for a shop cause it doesn’t communicate as clear enough as necessary. At least for the navigation and maybe the product names i’d go for something less fancy.
Generally speaking, imho the typography is a tad small – shops should be as barrier-free as possible. The “login / create account” part up there is at the edge of legibility.
The 5 columns product teaser is a bit tricky due to the inconsistent alignment. I’m sure there are a number of options to make this easier – also tricky, the black cart button is the outstanding element in the box.
The single product page
I find the doubling of nav background and product name background a bit unhappy, the product one somewhat kills the overall balance. Furthermore the dashed lines in the description don’t really support the information structure. Tried a subtle 1px line like below already?
Last not least a color thing: the actual information (Brand: Apple) is a mid grey while the less important part Brand is displayed in black. There’s no chance for highlighting the price anymore, except going for a deep red tone. But what if you’ve got a reduced price?
Think you should rebalance the colors according to information importance there.
Apart from that you shouldn’t drop your work at all. Take a fresh start tomorrow or next week and you’ll get your head around the things that don’t work yet!
Regarding the blog category template
I think you’ve choosen a layout that makes it quite tough for content to really pop up.
There is no real visual guide for the reader to determine what to read. The headlines are too small above the images to stand out and the images get a bit lost underneath them.
Plus the “Read more” link is the most prominent element throughout the page. And no matter what kicking images you’ve got there, due to the repitition of the button they just won’t be able to work against it.
Hope that helps a bit.
What about this one? http://themeforest.net/item/wordpress-for-writers/2353429?WT.ac=search_thumb&WT.seg_1=search_thumb&WT.z_author=dwoolf
Yeah, i like that one a lot. Unfortunately no word about support for post formats and embedded media (i’ve got lots of videos, sound- & mixcloud as well as images in my blog). Bummer 2: no portfolio.
Already thought about using one theme for the blog and another one for my works.
Then HELM was also a mouth-watering option. Unfortunately it’s impossible to keep the fullwidth option throughout all templates (cats/tags) so that was a no-go either. That’s also one of the most common downers for me…
i didn’t mean to insult anyone – hence i should elaborate a bit further.
First off, i’ve been following the Wordpress theme corner intensively for over a year now. That means it’s one of my first daily excercises to check out new themes. Almost every day. I think i’ve seen each and every single item available for Wordpress.
Why? I’ve been looking for a theme similar to the ones i referred to in my first post here. And i’d be glad if you could hook me up with something that doesn’t only look minimalistic but also works in a similar way. No luck so far.
Asides i even bought a theme already and had to face the fact that all those bling-bling features were exclusive for certain custom post types, it didn’t even have a tag template, stuff like that. Bummer.
PS: i wanna buy a theme cause i’m sick of coding my own. And the level of complexity that comes with most of those framework driven themes require a master in rocket science to just strip off something here and there. Been there, done that, failed.
About TF being a bit disconnected from the ‘real world’.
During the last year i noticed certain approaches towards Wordpress theme development became standard here at TF. Turns out some of those common practises are actually quite bad practises, however they are spreading and spreading. (like that one http://themeforest.net/forums/thread/hello-devs-using-pages-for-blog-layouts-is-bad-practise/69800)
You know, i started participating here at the forum in order to encourage people to make something else than the usual TF DNA theme. Back to the themes i posted earlier, look closely to those sites and i can assure you there is nothing comparable available around here. Which is a pity.
And whenever somebody comes around with a really different theme it instantly gets tons of sales, however the next 10 themes will all be more or less the same again.
Heck, i’ve been a bit distracted while writing, hope it still makes sense
No its a good place, its not bad, you are mis-understanding.
Im just saying everyone has there own likes and dis-likes, even the reviewers.They are only human after all, and just because you, I or the girl next door likes something, does not mean the reviewer will like the concept.
Reviewers should objectively judge according to certain rules that apply for design, typography and usuability and not put their personal preferences above this judgement. Imho.
But if i look around i find lots of themes with horrible typography, barely readable, inlegible, inconsistent, not even roughly following the rules of typography (which objectively exist) that i wonder what kind of judgement has been applied there. Except the one of personal preference.
Which would be bad. Really bad.
At the end of the day, its all about reviewers likes and dis-likes.
If a reviewer does not like simplistic designs he/she will not accept them, ive seen some designs where people have asked for input and they look amazing to me, ive even thought i would buy that… and they get rejected.
Yet i see some themes on here where i think, really that passed!
Its all about who you get reviewing your item, what they like and obviously the quality of the theme.Also it makes me laugh how they can reject your theme for being to simular to some already within the marketplace when 85% of them look the same anyways lol…
The more i’m reading here the more i’m under the impression that this place is nuts. Or rather a market disconnected from the real world that is simply feeding itself.
The concept in these is nice, but I do not like too much the typography…Personally, I like small characters, I do not like to scroll too much to see more content, I personally prefer to have most of the content from the beginning…but that’s only my opinion.
Of course we all have our personal preferences, but when it comes to readability and legibility there’s a set of rules to follow. Which is often getting kicked in the nuts with themes on TF.
If you’re interested, here are some further links:http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2011/10/07/16-pixels-body-copy-anything-less-costly-mistake/ http://informationarchitects.net/blog/responsive-typography-the-basics/
Ive submitted designs like these, the reviewer discard them.
I’d love to check those out! Sp, am i getting it right that the fact that almost every theme here has the same layout is a case of reviewers’ restrictions? Oh my, that’d be one big fail.
To be entirely honest, i don’t get it.
”- 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. - Overall typography and visual + typographic hierarchy needs additional refinements and improvements before it will be ready for Theme Forest.”
Taking this into credit there are lots of themes available around here which are much worse in above aspects than your theme demo.
I notice that almost every theme is identical in terms of overall layout and typography. Here’s a little roundup of sites with a twist and well balanced used of fonts.
Some are also great excerpts of how responsive typography should be handled, reading long articles there happens very naturally in an engaging manner. Make sure to check out their archives, category templates as well. All in all very focussed on content without too many visual distractions (yes, i’m talking about sidebars).
I demand more themes in that direction around here!