Aperture – Theme concept

Fresh after the release of my latest wordpress business theme – Productum, I’m already busy pushing pixels around Photoshop designing my next theme, a photoblogging theme that I’ll most likely call Aperture.

Please note: This theme is now available for purchase on WooThemes.com.

The Aperture home page
The Aperture Home Page

I’m a keen photographer (all the images I’ve used in this theme design mock up are my own) and I realise a lot of our WooThemes users are too, I’ve thus created a theme that hopefully caters for a group of users that WooThemes currently  doesn’t have much too offer.

Aperture will let your photography do the talking in a clean, usable interface. Posts will most likely be called Albums, as that’s what they are to a photographer. Agree? Disagree?

A featured scroller on the home page will display your “x” number of featured albums, as specified in your theme option’s panel. Below that will be a gallery of your photo categories. Each category will display an image from the latest album in that category, keeping the home page dynamic and fresh. Continue reading Aperture – Theme concept

Foreword Thinking


Today WooThemes launched Foreword Thinking, a theme I designed in photoshop a while back, but something only this last week I have had the time to finish off and WordPresserize. Its packed full of theme options, custom widgets and styles to really make this theme your own! Find out more about this theme on the WooThemes blog.

It’s available for purchase, and if you haven’t heard already we are running a 2-for-1 offer (expired) at WooThemes, which means you can get this theme for only $70 and still be entitled to any other of our commercial WordPress themes.

A fresh lick of paint on Afrigator

MyGator LogoOne of my quests whilst in Cape Town over the last month was a few days in the Afrigator headquarters with Justin, Stii and Lester. After a good catch up and a few beers it was straight into the work with the main priority being some tweaks to the Afrigator user interface. Tweaks is probably a fairly loose and understated term for the amount of work that went into today’s launch.

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MTV Engine Room

You might have heard? MTV and HP have teamed up to bring 4 teams of digital artists from around the world to New York City to compete in a series of creative challenges. The winning team takes home $400,000USD in cash plus HP gear.

I love the concept of this show and will definitely be following it, especially seeing it will all be broadcasted online @ www.mtvengineroom.com.

Where is Team Africa though?

Yet again why has Africa been forgotten? There’s load of creative minds in deepest, darkest Africa!

13 Wonderful Websites using WooThemes

Nothing pleases Adii, Magnus or myself more than to see our WooThemes dotted around the internet with a lot of people taking the time, effort and creativity to customize their theme to give it that extra wow factor.

Within our popular, registered-users only support forums we have a dedicated forum to showcase these customizations. We certainly plan to create a gallery viewable to all our site visitors showcasing the wonderful work, but before that happens I thought I would share with you some of my favourites. Continue reading 13 Wonderful Websites using WooThemes

I have seen the future

This last weekend I got to see Wall-E. A film I’d been looking forward to watch, after hearing from numerous friends that the CGI animation was absolutely fantastic.

I’m a huge fan of animated movies, I love all the Pixar productions – Toy Story, Finding Nemo and Ratatouille, as well as other animated films like Ice Age and Shrek. What I find amazing is how animation is evolving and with every new film release the possibilities of the technology become more and more limitless.

After Pixar achieved believable water physics in Finding Nemo, which must have been an incredibly difficult task, they then set themselves the monumental task of animating body language and emotion effectively and realistically. Years of complex programming and 3D modelling have created a loveable robot named Wall-E, that doesn’t speak a word of any human voice, but communicates through robotic sounds and body language. Continue reading I have seen the future

I Met The Walrus

In 1969, a 14-year-old Beatle fanatic named Jerry Levitan, armed with a reel-to-reel tape deck, snuck into John Lennon’s hotel room in Toronto and convinced John to do an interview about peace. 38 years later, Jerry has produced a film about it. Using the original interview recording as the soundtrack, director Josh Raskin has woven a visual narrative which tenderly romances Lennon’s every word in a cascading flood of multipronged animation. Raskin marries the terrifyingly genius pen work of James Braithwaite with masterful digital illustration by Alex Kurina, resulting in a spell-binding vessel for Lennon’s boundless wit, and timeless message.

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