posted by Matt Ward on Oct 12, 2010.
This is the introduction to a social/design/development experiment that I want to run here on the Echo Enduring Blog where you, the reader, actually helps guide the development of a brand new WordPress theme, from conceptualization through to completion. Interested? Read more, and be sure to contribute your thoughts!
Alright everyone, I have an idea for a new project that I want to undertake, but I need your help to make it fly. There are a few different things that I’ve been wanting to do for a while, and I’ve wondering if I can combine them into a single awesome project. First of all, I’ve been wanting to get to work on a WordPress theme that I could distribute here on the Echo Enduring Blog. I’ve had a few people suggest that this would be something that they would be interested in.
Second, I’ve also had some requests for content that actually shows people how to build a WordPress theme entirely from scratch—or at least how to code it up from a Photoshop mockup. I can tell you right now that such an undertaking is not something that I would (or even could) do in a single post. With the amount of detail that I invariably go into, something like that would probably turn into the world’s longest blog post, and would be far to large to manage. A series of posts seems like the only real solution. I’m okay with that though. I’ve done a few series in the past.
Third, I’ve long been interested in running a kind of social experiment, by developing something based on continuous feedback from a community of users. Basically, the concept is to produce something in a number of stages. As I move from each stage to the next, I accept further ideas, comments, feedback and suggestions from the community itself, and allow that information to actually shape the direction of the project.
Lastly, I think an Echo Enduring eBook would be pretty awesome – don’t you?
So, if you haven’t already put the pieces together, this is what I’m thinking: over the next several months I will actually go through the process of developing a WordPress theme entirely from scratch, starting with ideas and concepts from you. Periodically, I will post tutorials working through what I’m doing at each stage of the project, and how to basically replicate the techniques in your own work.
Then, at the conclusion of each post I will ask for further feedback about where you think we should be going with the development of the project.
When it’s all said and done, I will have a fully designed and developed WordPress theme. I haven’t quite decided what I should do with it yet, but what I do know for sure is that everyone who contributes to the development of the theme will be able to download it for themselves. After all, you will have been an important part of the creation of the theme, so it will be partly yours anyhow!
Lastly, once everything is written and published here, I intend to pool it all together, polish, edit and compile it all together into a single eBook. I definitely intend on selling that, but again I’ll make sure that everyone who contributes to the project can get their hands on a copy, either free or at a significantly discounted price.
Obviously, though, this project just isn’t going to work if I can’t get you, the reader, involved. Your comments and feedback are going to be the backbone of the entire thing, so I hope you’ll let your voice be heard and help shape the direction of this group Word Press theme project!
So, to start it all off I’ll just throw out a few general questions
- What kind of theme would you like to see?
- What kind of general direction should we go with?
- Talk to me about style: clean, grungy, textured, subdued, colourful?
Basically, let’s just work to nail down a really general and basic concept of where we want to go with this group project. Think of it as one big brainstorming session here on the Echo Enduring Blog. I’ll compile and consider all your ideas and come up with a general direction for the next stage of the project, and we can start talking in more detail about things like functionality and layout concepts.
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