Dan Philbin of WPCandy gives the lowdown on WordPress Theme Frameworks, Child Themes and custom theme hooks and filters and how they relate to Thematic.
DesignMag has a good post up with some links to CSS layouts and Blank WordPress Themes but remember: if you’re starting with a Child Theme any WordPress theme becomes a blank framework.
An examination of five clean, minimalist themes for WordPress.
Cozmos Labs has written an extremely flattering tutorial/mini-essay on their experience with Thematic and how easy it was to theme their site. Make sure you read 10 design tips for your custom wordpress theme built with thematic—and don’t forget to share it if you liked it.
Benedict Eastaugh, Tarski theme developer, on what you can do with Child Themes in WordPress 2.7: “Greater possibilities are now also opened up for treating themes more like frameworks or plugins. We may see themes that are more of a code library than a set of templates.”
For consideration: WordPress Theme Options actually make your theme worse—if!—if they ape functionality better provided by a plugin. Think twice about those theme options.
Want to collapse a sidebar and make it’s containing element—like a
<ul>—disappear when there are no widgets inside of it? Check out this WordPress.org support post.
For consideration: “Premium” WordPress theme authors are marginalizing their themes by ignoring the GPL. The audience for their themes will become smaller and smaller as “WordPress-approved” themes are pushed to a growing user base through WordPress itself. Yes? No?