Smashing Community WordPress Theme: Comment and Win!

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While the Smashing Community icon set1 is being designed and prepared for the release, we would like to ask your opinion about the WordPress theme that you would like us to design. And here’s how it works: you tell us what WordPress-theme you need, and then we design it together with PSD to WordPress42 and release it for free.

And to make it a bit more interesting, we’ll smash three commenters with original nerdy laptop sleeves. To participate, just suggest an idea for a great useful WordPress-theme in the comments to this post. Details are below.

Smashing Magazine WordPress Theme
This image was based upon the design by our friends from SoftFacade3 who are preparing the Smashing Magazine icon set. Thanks, guys!

How do I participate?

Participating is very easy: just post the WordPress theme you would like us to design in the comments to this post (and, if possible, what specific features it should have) – it can be anything, e.g. portfolio-design, blog-design, lifestream-blog, magazine-style etc. The theme should not be basic, but it also should not be too complex.

On the 25th of April, we’ll select the most popular ideas and requests and publish a poll in our magazine, inviting our readers to vote on their favorite theme. Once it’s done, the creative minds behind PSD to WordPress42 will carefully design the theme. You can keep track of updates on Twitter @smashingmag85 and @LachyG6.

Awards

A total of three commenters will be awarded Laptop Sleeves7 (see images below). The winners will be picked randomly and announced on Twitter (@smashingmag85) after the concept of the WordPress theme has been chosen. The winners will decide by themselves, what size and what pattern of the sleeve they prefer most.

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Finally, we’ll release the theme as a free download, which you can freely use for personal and commercial use.

Smashing Magazine Is All About Our Readers

At Smashing Magazine, our readers have always been our highest priority. We respect our readers; we listen to them; we are always open to their suggestions; and we always appreciate constructive criticism. This is why we created a number of ways to interact with our readers:

  • We created a friendly Smashing Forum12 to make it possible for our community to exchange ideas and help each other in problem solving.
  • We are using Twitter13 to share useful resources and knowledge with, and get feedback from, our readers (e.g. deciding which article should appear next), and we now have almost 29,000 followers.
  • We are preparing the Smashing Book14, in which our readers can decide what topics will be included.

And now we would like you to decide what theme we should design and release next, especially for you. We hope to get great feedback from you, and we would like to thank “PSD to WordPress” for its cooperation in this event. Please spread the word, too; we would like the design community to decide what would be most useful and interesting for designers out there!

So, what WordPress theme is it going to be, folks?

Footnotes

  1. 1 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/03/20/smashing-community-icon-set-vote-now/
  2. 2 http://www.psdtowp.com/
  3. 3 http://www.softfacade.com/
  4. 4 http://www.psdtowp.com/
  5. 5 http://twitter.com/smashingmag
  6. 6 http://www.twitter.com/LachyG
  7. 7 http://snupped.com/shop/gallery
  8. 8 http://twitter.com/smashingmag
  9. 9 http://snupped.com/shop/product/35/picks-or-badges
  10. 10 http://snupped.com/shop/product/11/tattooed-love
  11. 11 http://snupped.com/shop/product/20/chicken-folklore-black
  12. 12 http://forum.smashingmagazine.com/
  13. 13 http://twitter.com/smashingmag
  14. 14 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/02/24/the-smashing-book-join-in/

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  1. 1

    Make it an Admin -theme that is sexy as hell. I want to see leopard or zebra hide!

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  2. 2

    I want to win, but i dont like wp :D

    Anyway, a smooth portfolio like site with huge gallery and upload features on pink color ( not that girly like style, jsut clean and fresh mb with some neon green also) would be nice :)

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  3. 3

    I’d like to see another great magazine style theme.

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  4. 4

    Where did the general keep his armies? In his sleevies! And those are some mighty fine sleeves!

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  5. 5

    Jonathan Blundell

    April 21, 2009 5:31 am

    I’d love to see a really great WordPress as CMS site. Not necessarily magazine style but it could have some of those features.

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    I’d like to see a better portfolio theme with a gallery option and a horizontal menu.

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  7. 7

    Design a slick premium mag theme and show some of these jokers who charge for themes how to do it right!

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  8. 8

    Hi there! I’d love to see a wordpress with featured photo articles separated from more traditional posts.
    I see it more as a main homepage, with at the top, one small column with the 4 or 5 latest or featured articles, and one column with one big image linking to the post. Visitors often click more on pics then text!

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  9. 9

    I think it should be a portfolio site with a home page directing to different portfolios and a text blog piece as well. and yeah, i need the sleeve =)

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  10. 10

    I would love to see a creative magazine style theme. Modern artsy.

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  11. 11

    Ezequiel Lancelotti

    April 21, 2009 5:32 am

    Portfolio theme!!

    I want a sleeve for my new White MacBook!! Will we sent to Argentina?

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  12. 12

    Make it a “personal Hub” theme – getting my Tweets, my Facebook status, my Flickr… and of course those I follow as well (RSS). Also, it could find relevant related entries across all of those and show them next to each blog post, enriching them automagically.
    Make it easy to configure and perhaps to sync with stuff like iGoogle so it changes as I do.

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  13. 13

    clear, simple, 1 column, white, wide, flash gallery plugin included

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  14. 14

    I would like a photography based wordpress theme with a good solid back-end customized for easy image posting and organizing capabilities.

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  15. 15

    I would like to see you guys build a wordpress theme that enables the user to create a css galley like site right out of the box. This would be very beneficial for more then just a css gallery and it would allow people who could not normally display inspirational or other content easily. Thanks

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    Maarten Bressinck

    April 21, 2009 5:34 am

    Helvetica & Switzerland

    Clean but original typography in combination with a nice red color…

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  17. 17

    The scrapbook / messy desk type themes (scraps of paper, photos, the odd paperclip and coffee stain) are pretty popular at the moment but quite difficult to achieve effectively. Something along those lines would be good.

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  18. 18

    A clean gaming template, white and blue colors, 3 columns with where the left one is for navigation, middle is for main content with a slideshow at top, right column is for videos, replays etc.

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  19. 19

    Like a lot of people I’d like to see an innovative magazine style with a heavy implementation of Jquery and prototype to show news like never before.

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    thelittlefluffycat

    April 21, 2009 5:34 am

    I’d love to see a blog theme that acknowledges how many different places are “normal” any more for users: not only a blog roll, but somewhere links could be easily posted and a section set aside for ads for people who put ads or other kinds of notices on their blog– and all of it intuitive.

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  21. 21

    I’d really like a 1970’s style design!

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  22. 22

    A Family Magazine theme would be nice, I think many (starting) family’s want to start a blog about the day/week/weekend/vacation/… and put it in a nice clean/stylish magazine style.

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  23. 23

    A nice lifestream blog with a sexy photo-gallery.
    With fresh design for the spring :D

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  24. 24

    Yo tambien quiero uno de esos!!

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  25. 25

    A nice clean portfolio site with a jQuery slideshow / promo area on the main page, maybe some auto-image resizing (timthumb?) to avoid having to use custom fields, a very minimal design, natural colors with some theme adjustments through the admin panel. Places to add social networking links/icons…

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    PSD to WordPress

    April 21, 2009 5:36 am

    Hi Guys,

    Looks like some good comments coming in. Emerging themes are Portfolio, Magazine and gallery-esque… Would it be cool if we incorporated the two? Looking for more suggestions!!

    Cheers
    PSD to WordPress Theme

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  27. 27

    I would like a great free magazine theme that supports images, headlines, and such on the front page while maintaining the clean look of SM. Something that would support a community like what you have built here. Thanks!

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  28. 28

    I’d like to see a magazine style theme but in unique and different style!

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  29. 29

    I wood like to see a wordpress theme with look & feel of an irish pub

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  30. 30

    A gallery theme, definitely. Pure HTML/js, no flash please ;-)

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  31. 31

    Well, there are a lot of different themes out there, but not a lot of them focus on Video, most are photo / content. What I would like to see in a theme :

    * Theme oriented at podcasters (both audio and video)
    * Featured content (for video maybe even a featured video in the top)
    * Areas for sponsoring
    * Easily include a link to a video / audio with each post
    * Add support for things like displaying a Blip.TV or any other player if a video link is included.
    * Make it possible to display specific content to e.g. registered users or even user groups.
    * …

    I’m probably asking a lot, but I would probably pay for a theme like that :-p

    Regards,

    Stefaan

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    Mihai Moscovici

    April 21, 2009 5:39 am

    It would be cool to see a theme similar to a static CSS web-site (using pages in WP) with the blog function incorporated along the static pages.
    Thanks for what you’re doing.

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  33. 33

    I’m in :) I would like magazin style and black!

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  34. 34

    A VIDEO GALLERY theme would be awesome. Something to showcase vimeo and youtube embedded videos, and maybe add in an easy way to upload a preview thumbnail.

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  35. 35

    I want to see a wooden admin- design

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  36. 36

    White (Dry-erase) board theme – The page itself is a white board – use anything you could typically find on a white board:

    – Math equations, design sketches, notes to self, diagrams, lists, smudges, quotes, etc
    – Separate the white board/page with marker lines
    – Have all the markers on the bottom of the page

    Mmm dang – I might use this idea myself…

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    Johnny Krogsgaard

    April 21, 2009 5:42 am

    Make a theme where design is #2 and SEO is #1;
    I mean a theme witch has the right h1, h2, h3 structure.
    A theme witch has nofollow on the right places (to save linkjuice)
    A theme witch has good internal linking structure
    A theme witch has a dynamic sitemap (not xml)
    ETC…

    I hope you understand me, if not feel free to contact my on Twitter: @jkrogsgaard

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  38. 38

    Hmm. To be honest, you can never find Smashing Magazine quality e-commerce shopping cart WordPress themes. Sure, there are two or three out there that are decent, but there is nothing free (or premium for that matter) that will knock your socks off. There are way too many magazine, minimal, typographic, portfolio, and pretty much every other style themes out there already. Let’s see something really unique! What’s more is that such a theme would benefit WordPress itself also, by pushing WordPress a little further into use for e-commerce.

    Features I would think beneficial to such a theme:

    1. Easy Paypal integration.
    2. Custom fields for product images.
    3. Easy product inclusion in the WP write post.
    4. Shopping cart page or have it in the sidebar. Ajaxified or jQueried.

    There are plugins that do these things so it wouldn’t be hard to incorporate.

    Thanks!

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  39. 39

    A Apple-style theme with a integrated shop system would be nice :)

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  40. 40

    I want a road-trip theme (like the book in Elizabethtown)

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  41. 41

    I would love to see a portfolio / resume theme with a new twist.

    There are sections on a resume, so why not have a theme that has editable sections for Professional Experience, Interests, Awards and Honors, and things like that. It could be a bit of a mash-up where it all appears to be one cohesive design, but on the backend you can edit individual sections.

    Stylistically with headings and cool CSS, it would be really awesome. It would be nice if it could work for portfolio and resume folks, which means it should support image and text rich posts.

    I see it in my head…

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  42. 42

    Magazine-style blog for photo/video blogging with automatic photo resize, Youtube and Flickr feeds.

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    Roshan Bhattarai

    April 21, 2009 5:45 am

    I would like to see a design blog theme which have sexy grunge style header with a footer having some different grunge pattern. The posts should be in the middle of the old rugged paper. that would make a terrific blog design I think

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  44. 44

    I’d like to see another great magazeen style theme!

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  45. 45

    I would like a portfolio theme that’s light – I think there’s too much dark portfolios. It should have a “play video”-script for people that wants to show their videos, but also an ability for image, made in only HTML and CSS. (probably Js for showing images and video, though)

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  46. 46

    I would love to see a wordpress theme dedicated to families where parents can blog about their kids and life to keep their friends updated.

    The theme would need a photo gallery and a video player so parents can upload photos/videos of their kids.

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  47. 47

    Great contest, how about a theme which allows you to setup a private or public communication platform between yourself & clients or your team. Somthing along the lines of prologue, but less of a microblogging style theme.

    You could post design ideas on it and have people comment, share thoughts, repost changes etc? I think this would be really useful. Along a similar vein I have been toying with the idea of creating a wordpress based basecamp clone but so far haven’t progressed too far.

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  48. 48

    I would like to see a good videoblog-theme (with support for custom fields for youtube, vimeo,…) in a good grid and slick less-is-more design.

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  49. 49

    I would like to see a portfolio/working artist theme with featured post (options for either most recent post or tagged posts), menues and footer with bread crumbs all based on the functionality of the new whitehouse.org website.

    I really love the way there featured post section works and looks.

    I agree with Thomassl that is should be light. In my opinion websites with black or brightly colored backgrounds do not look very professional.

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    photography theme or portfolio theme

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