Powering Your Design With WordPress on WordPress.tv

If you enjoyed the Powering Your Design With WordPress article in spring you can now see the presentation that inspired it on WordPress.tv courtesy of the fine folks at the Future of Web Design. Go Check it out!

And speaking of FOWD, it’ll be rolling back into London May 14th – 16th, 2012. I heard some great presentations, met some awesome people, and had a great time there in 2011. I’m sure 2012’s FOWD London will be even better.

Let Your WordPress Smilies Smile

I love smilies. I mean, just take a look at these two happy fellows.

They look pretty happy, right? I think they’d look a lot happier if they didn’t have the same background color and padding as the rest of the images in my theme though. Don’t you? Make sure you’re adding something like the following to your theme stylesheet somewhere after your main image styles. This is a good start for resetting the existing image styles you might have.

img.wp-smiley {
	background: transparent;
	border: none;
	margin: 0;
	padding: 0;

Do that in your WordPress themes and you’re all set. :)

Awesome Up Your WordPress Theme With Post Formats

This August I had the pleasure of speaking at WordCamp San Francisco on awesome-ing up WordPress themes with Post Formats. If you wanted to check out my presentation but weren’t there, or missed the livestream, have no fear! You too can check it out, right now, right here, thanks to the magic of WordPress.tv.

If you want to follow the along with the slides, you can do that too by downloading them right here.

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Powering Your Design With WordPress

Can you use WordPress to power your web design work? Of course you can. But how? That was the subject of a talk I gave at the 2011 Future of Web Design conference this May in London. If you missed FOWD you missed a great time and some awesome presentations but you didn’t miss everything. The video is available on WordPress.tv and I’m going to share some of the ideas I brought up in my talk right here. Including a free custom theme for you to use in your own projects.

I’ll presume here that you’re already interested in WordPress if you’re reading this but in case you’re not, why WordPress? What’s the big deal? Well, right now, about 14% of the web is built on top of WordPress. That means, as web designers, it’s important that we get this whole theming thing right. Tipping point numbers like that mean more and more of your clients are going to be asking for WordPress. It’s probably starting to happen to you right now.

You’re already a web design expert. You should be a WordPress theme expert too.

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Questions on Responsive WordPress Theme Design

I’ve been giving a lot of thought to Responsive Web Design lately and how it affects — and ought to affect — WordPress Theme Design. Mark Boulton’s latest article A Richer Canvas has me thinking about it even more. Designing from the content out is something I always strive to do. I think all good designers should strive for it. That said, Designing WordPress Themes is an interesting challenge for someone that believes in designing from the content out. It becomes even more interesting when you start creating a responsive layout that adapts to different screen sizes without knowing what content will fill that space. But it’s not exactly a problem. It’s just … interesting. :)

What do you think? Have you started to bring Responsive layouts into your WordPress Themes? How do you approach good design without content? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Bonus: If you’re looking for some examples of Responsive Web Design in WordPress Themes check out Sara Cannon and Dan Gavin’s Responsive Twenty Ten, Theme Foundry and Jon Hick’s gorgeous Shelf, and our very own — soon-to-be-released on the WP.org theme directory — Duster.