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Vintage and Blues WordPress Themes

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 Dellustrations9 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 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/10/07/retro-and-vintage-in-modern-web-design/
  3. 3 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/images/blues-vintage-wordpress-themes/vintage-large.jpg
  4. 4 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/images/blues-vintage-wordpress-themes/vintage-large.jpg
  5. 5 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/images/blues-vintage-wordpress-themes/vintage-large.jpg
  6. 6 http://www.cssilize.com/wordpress/vintage/
  7. 7 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/images/blues-vintage-wordpress-themes/vintage-wordpress-theme.zip
  8. 8 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/images/blues-vintage-wordpress-themes/vintage-wordpress-theme-psd.zip
  9. 9 http://www.dellustrations.com
  10. 10 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/images/blues-vintage-wordpress-themes/blues-large.jpg
  11. 11 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/images/blues-vintage-wordpress-themes/blues-large.jpg
  12. 12 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/images/blues-vintage-wordpress-themes/blues-large.jpg
  13. 13 http://www.cssilize.com/wordpress/blues/
  14. 14 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/images/blues-vintage-wordpress-themes/blues-wordpress-theme.zip
  15. 15 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/images/blues-vintage-wordpress-themes/blues-wordpress-theme-psd.zip
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  1. 1

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

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    Pavel Ciorici

    January 28, 2009 9:28 am

    Great Themes SM!

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    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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    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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    Ali "Greeeen"

    January 28, 2009 9:37 am

    Super sweet work ‘dell :)

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    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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    Nate Fieweger

    January 28, 2009 9:50 am

    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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    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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    its everywhere huh.

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  17. 17

    Woooooooooooo :O Really, Reallly Smashing !

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

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    Vintage looks awesome.. =)

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    Michael Knight

    January 28, 2009 10:00 am

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

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