Vintage and Blues WordPress Themes

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In this post we release 2 free high-quality WordPress magazine-themes. The themes include full PSD-templates and can be used without any restrictions whatsoever. The themes were commissioned by Smashing Magazine exclusively for our readers and designed by Wendell Fernandes1. As you may know, since the beginning of the year, each release on Smashing Magazine has been dedicated to a specific theme or topic that could be useful in your next project. This release focuses on the vintage-look and on the magazine-style.

Vintage: A Free WordPress Theme Link

As the title suggests, we wanted to release a WordPress theme that would reflect the vintage, old-style look and thus look attractive, unusual and memorable. We discussed retro and vintage designs2 already, but we wanted the theme to literally stand out – not through its style, but also through its structure. Therefore we were more than happy when the designers suggested a design with a magazine-look.

The result is the Vintage WordPress theme, a 2-column theme with various illustrations and icons. Please notice that the theme requires WordPress 2.7 to work.

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The theme is available for free download and can be used for any purposes without any restrictions whatsoever. You can freely use it for both your private and commercial projects, including software, online services, templates and themes. The set may not be resold, sublicensed, rented, transferred or otherwise made available for use. Please link to this article if you would like to spread the word.

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Behind the scenes Link

As usual, here are some insights from the designers themselves:

The reasoning behind this theme is simply, taking us back to an old-school look and feel, reminding where our fathers came from and the fathers of our fathers. It’s simply remarkable to think, that people lived a full and abundant life inside a “vintage” world and brought us all here to this date and day.

Today we can look back and watch and admire their struggles, fights, victories, failures, submission and humbleness. Today we can see how far we’ve come and how far we can reach. This theme brings us back to the beginning of it all, and remind us of 2009 as a year of reflection for all we’ve accomplished, and what we can achieve moving forward. We would like you to enjoy the theme.

Yours truly,
Dellustrations

Blues: A Free WordPress Theme Link

This theme is a variation of the theme presented above; however, it tries not to focus on the vintage look but on a simple, clean, and user-friendly design. This theme was commissioned by Smashing Magazine exclusively for our readers and designed by the Dellustrations10 design agency.

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The theme is available for free download and can be used for any purposes without any restrictions whatsoever. You can freely use it for both your private and commercial projects, including software, online services, templates and themes. The set may not be resold, sublicensed, rented, transferred or otherwise made available for use. Please link to this article if you would like to spread the word.

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Thanks, guys, we appreciate your efforts!

Suggestions for particular WordPress themes? Link

What themes would you like to be released on Smashing Magazine next? What are you looking for? Or, more importantly, what kind of themes shouldn’t we release any more? We appreciate your input in the comments to this post!

Footnotes Link

  1. 1 http://www.dellustrations.com
  2. 2 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/10/07/retro-and-vintage-in-modern-web-design/
  3. 3 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/images/blues-vintage-wordpress-themes/vintage-large.jpg
  4. 4 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/images/blues-vintage-wordpress-themes/vintage-large.jpg
  5. 5 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/images/blues-vintage-wordpress-themes/vintage-large.jpg
  6. 6 http://www.cssilize.com/wordpress/vintage/
  7. 7 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/images/blues-vintage-wordpress-themes/vintage-wordpress-theme.zip
  8. 8 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/images/blues-vintage-wordpress-themes/vintage-wordpress-theme-psd.zip
  9. 9 http://dellustrations.com/blog/2009/01/28/2-amazing-wordpress-themes/
  10. 10 http://www.dellustrations.com
  11. 11 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/images/blues-vintage-wordpress-themes/blues-large.jpg
  12. 12 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/images/blues-vintage-wordpress-themes/blues-large.jpg
  13. 13 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/images/blues-vintage-wordpress-themes/blues-large.jpg
  14. 14 http://www.cssilize.com/wordpress/blues/
  15. 15 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/images/blues-vintage-wordpress-themes/blues-wordpress-theme.zip
  16. 16 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/images/blues-vintage-wordpress-themes/blues-wordpress-theme-psd.zip
  17. 17 http://dellustrations.com/blog/2009/01/28/2-amazing-wordpress-themes/

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  1. 1

    Thank you smashing magazine for releasing these!!!
    http://www.dellustrations.com/blog

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  2. 2

    Great Themes SM!

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  3. 3

    Awesome thank you!

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  4. 4

    Great Themes!

    you guys rock!

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  5. 5

    that’s one freaking heavy background image

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  6. 6

    Nice theme Guys…. Much Appreciated!! Good to have some fresh looks.

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  7. 7

    Wow another wonderful share… I liked the Vintage theme verymuch. !

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  8. 8

    Nice designs, very very good illustrations included in them. :)

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  9. 9

    i love the vintage theme a lot – but there’s a nasty horizontal scroll on a 1024 screen. it did seem to take a long time to load fully, 388kb for the bkgd image does seem kind of excessive. too bad – it’s a beautiful theme.

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  10. 10

    Super sweet work ‘dell :)

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  11. 11

    A wordpress theme for a cms website for small businesses would be great. A lot of themes look too much like a blog and I think that as wordpress is so easy to use that small business would be really helped with suitable themes.

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  12. 12

    great post, thank u very much

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  13. 13

    Thank you guys! Much appreciate it!

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  14. 14

    Those are some awesome themes. A set of themes I would like to see would be theme modifications of ComicPress (http://mindfaucet.com/comicpress/) If not some created themes, a tutorial on how to integrate a free theme with ComicPress.

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  15. 15

    It looks pretty boring. And the background images are too huge, why did you do them so big? Is the theme complete? It looks incomplete to me.

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  16. 16

    its everywhere huh.

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  17. 17

    Woooooooooooo :O Really, Reallly Smashing !

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  18. 18

    Next time we’ll do one “lighter”. But thank you for your input!

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  19. 19

    Vintage looks awesome.. =)

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  20. 20

    Id like to see themes for Expression Engine, Joomla and Drupal.

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  21. 21

    Will do. It’s in the queue.
    Thank you for the input.

    W.

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  22. 22

    I’d like to see more standard CSS/XHTML templates. WordPress is OK….

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    Will be designing those in the following weeks.

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    the theme is not optimized for 1024 x 768?
    weird, there are a lot of people using this rezolution :)
    great theme….but if you can make it loooking good for 1024×768 it was fantastic :D

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    Both look ridiculous AMAZING, a great piece of artwork put together with wordpress and best of all it’s free so I think we have the right to give the creators a big “Thank You” for the amount of time and creativity put together in this themes.

    Keep up the good work guys!

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    I love this site, I love the WordPress posts especially, and your themes are fantastic. I am using a modified version of wp_christmas you guys posted, but the blue one is really nice. Well done!

    I’d love to see the Smashing Magazine theme available for download. Your comments template is gorgeous.

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    I’d love to see a well-done, minimalist newspaper / magazine theme, an iphone-formatted accordian-style 1-column layout and/or a Timeline theme, with horizontal scrolling and clickable date points/posts.

    I find a lot of the themes are a little too specific to modify easily.

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    Both of them are great but they don’t support transparent .png images by IE6 and they don’t fit to 1024×768 resolution.

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  29. 29

    Looking nice.

    I’ve got a suggestion; have been looking for inspiration to make a sports-club (basketball) website based on wordpress. With a lot of different content, and a lot of experience. Am really interested in what you’d make out of that since i don’t have the wordpress-theme building capabilities.

    Good chance a nice design would be really used for our site.

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    I agree with koffiekitten :”A wordpress theme for a cms website for small businesses would be great. A lot of themes look too much like a blog and I think that as wordpress is so easy to use that small business would be really helped with suitable themes.”

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    @Jonathan – Would love to create those themes for you! Send an email… we’ll chat about it.

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  32. 32

    Those are some kickass themes =o

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  33. 33

    a wordpress theme, easy to modify, which look like a website and not a blog, would be great.

    Thanks for all your work. smashingmag is really ma favorite.
    laurence from france

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  34. 34

    I as well would like to see some great CSS templates. Being a little bit new to the game of xhtml and css, I cannot find one single place online that has “amazing” free css based templates for download. I really would like them to pick apart and learn from – seems like the people making the good ones are keeping them for themselves….. Great themes guys..

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  35. 35

    Absolutely love these free wordpress themes. Please keep them coming.

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  36. 36

    wow, this is incredible!

    awesome theme, congratulations to the developers and thank you SM!

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    @Kevin,
    I cannot find one single place online that has “amazing” free css based templates for download.

    have a look at http://www.freewpthemes.net/
    the themes are free, CSS – based and quite interesting! Better than many others…
    and very good to learn from for beginners!

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  38. 38

    Great theme.I can’t believe it’s for free!!!

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  39. 39

    I’m Italian and I’m very proud to look Vespa’s style.

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  40. 40

    Nice themes. But I really want the description to tell me how the slideshow works.

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  41. 41

    Great themes. Very nicely done. Love the color palette and the functionality. It is a little bit of a bummer it is too big for the 1024 px format. But for free, it is awesome. But edit the CSS and there should be no problem.
    Thanks.

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  42. 42

    Great theme, Great look and functionality. A bit of a bummer it isn’t 1024 optimzed but they are giving us the PSD and a little CSS tweeks should take care of all that. Thanks all as always. Great work.

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  43. 43

    thnx very much sm! :D

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  44. 44

    Meh, I like the designs but all this WordPress crapola reminds me of Geocities or Myspace. Lets focus on purpose built graphic design not regurgitated themes and icon sets. What’s next flaming gifs and dancing babies?

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    It’s great as a free theme but it seems to be missing the proper search function, clickable RSS feed, and a working carousel. Also, the background could be optimized for faster loading time. Like I said great visuals but it seems rushed and unfinished. In the end the most important features aren’t usable.

    – Talking about Vintage theme.

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    thank you, awesomenesses! but i’m thinking of more simple and elegant themes, light and easy to modify of course. these are too heavy.

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  47. 47

    I’d love to see some themes that allow you to use WP as both a shop (showcase product images) and a blog. Lots of crafters and artists out there looking for something that’s more about images than posts.

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  48. 48

    Loveeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee ittttttttttttttttttt!!!! Thx Smashing… and Thx dellustrations!!!

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  49. 49

    The word is WOW! cant stop adoring this themes.
    THnx SM and Dellustrations

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    Even with high-speed connections these days that background image is no where near practical for general audiences or high-traffic sites.

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