I was impressed with Brandspace for the clean, minimalism: http://themeforest.net/item/brandspace-minimal-portfolio-business-template/194380
and Florentia for many of the same reasons…: http://themeforest.net/item/florentia-elegant-minimal-theme-for-wordpress/191834
I guess I like minimal for themes.
Ill be asking for testers when it moves a little further, Im finishing some other things up before I get really into it other than some core files its mainly on paper right now just modifying a roadmap with the order I want to do things the first release will focus on core files and the options panel
Awesome. I look forward to it. My guess… for the first version, keep it simple and shoot for the needs of a basic business theme: home page with slider, portfolio, options panel. It will be easy to get overwhelmed with features.
1. Slider: optional caption etc. Easy to add, remove, arrange slides.
2. Unlimited sidebars is a good idea.
3. Multiple portfolios
4. Homepage: easy to manage sections and rearrange such as slider, recent posts, recent portfolio items, regular post area, etc.
More than anything, make it simply organized and structured for us designers who are lightweight on the coding. I recently bought one of the more popular themes here and they had functions spread all over the place… I had to edit five different files to make a change to one feature.
I would be happy to lend a hand or test if you need…
I think that it is likely simpler and less devious than you suggest… theme design, like any creative industry, tends to evolve as a whole rather than every work be a complete revolution. Just take a look at the history of art in general.
This is one of those things that just isn’t worth worrying about.
Phoenix, you are a king among men. I will give it a whirl this afternoon.
Great post, Phoenix. Thanks!
After a quick look, it seems that the options have to installed with a new theme by importing an xml. Is that true or is there a way to include the options set up already? It would also be handy to be able to hide the settings and documentation from end users by default.
digwp.com has BLANK which is super basic. Themeshaper’s toolbox theme is a very basic starter theme using html5, which you may or may not want. Starkers is always good and is just a version of twentyten stripped… speaking of which, you could just do a child theme of twentyten.
If you want something more advanced, there is the excellent thematic, whiteboard which has some nifty media tags to readjust for device width. One of the theme I bought here used WP Framework and wasn’t too bad (though wouldn’t be my choice). There are others…