Over the years, I’ve mentioned on several occasions that I wanted very much to release some themes of my own. Whether it be premium or free releases, it’s always something I wanted to do. But it’s just never happened, and the main issue has always been time. I’ve have grand ideas for themes, but knew I would need to invest weeks to crank them out. Back in early September, I was approached by Adii to collaborate on a premium theme for WooThemes. This arrangement was exactly what I needed to get a theme out there with my name on it, without breaking the bank in the process.
Let me introduce you to THiCK. The WooThemes guys gave me free reign on all fronts, with only a small list of specifications to meet – all of which I would have included anyhow. So really, THiCK is pretty damn close to what I would have produced had this been my own project.
THiCK is a beast of a theme! It’s catered towards personal blog authors and packs a pile of features right out of the box, thanks to a number of a custom widgets created by the team at WooThemes. From a design standpoint, it’s extremely flexible. There are 2 main styles (clean and grunge) and a main colour scheme for each (light and dark). From there, you can choose from 5 variant colour schemes that change headings and links through-out the blog. There’s also 2 different header layouts that can be selected from the admin. THiCK is built on the 960 Grid System and the original PSDs are included in the bundle, so customizing further should be a breeze.
I’d like to thank the guys at WooThemes for the opportunity to finally get around to something I’ve pushed to the back-burner far too many times. It was an absolute pleasure working with them over the course of our 3 week stint, and something I would recommend to any fellow designers who might be curious to how a collaboration like this would work.
And finally, my involvement in this project was on the design and XHTML/CSS. WordPress development was handled entirely by WooThemes. I haven’t actually got my hands on the finished product, and am quite curious to see how they handled things like the lifestream and media streams. I should also point out that I’ve noticed a couple minor CSS bugs since I handed the templates off. I’ve already started a conversation with Adii on this topic and will see about getting them sorted out ASAP.
I’m very interested to hear what people have to say about the theme in general, and how it’s been released (via WooThemes). Do you think this is something I should consider doing on a regular basis?