Take Scrawl For a Spin

Scrawl, a new monochromatic theme designed by Automattic’s Caroline Moore, is available at WordPress.org for self-hosted sites. Featured images get bold treatment on single posts, while snazzy image captions and pull-quote styles add pizzazz to your text. A slide-out sidebar provides easy access to secondary content like social links, a custom menu, and widgets. Download Scrawl or check out the demo.

Scrawl screenshot

South Beach Inspires Sobe Theme

Sobe, a new personal-blogging theme created by Caroline Moore, is now available in the WordPress.org theme directory.

“Sobe was inspired by the popularity of one of my other themes, Pachyderm. I wanted to create a theme with a similar look and feel in a more updated style. The color palette was drawn from a trip to South Beach, Miami–hence, the theme name.”

Adding widgets turns Sobe’s single-column layout into a two-column format; Sobe also supports a site logo upload with the Jetpack plugin. Get aquainted with Sobe by visiting the demo site or take it for a spin by downloading it from the theme repo.

Sobe theme screenshot

Photobloggers Take Note: Boardwalk and Cubic are Here

Two fresh photoblogging themes crafted by Automattic’s Thomas Guillot are now available to download in the WordPress.org theme directory.

Boardwalk features an unconventional horizontal-scrolling blog stream and large portrait-oriented featured images, as seen on the demo site. A child theme of Boardwalk, Cubic showcases square featured images in a large grid layout. Check out the demo site to see how the theme makes the most of strong photos.



Sela Puts a Vibrant Spin on the Business Theme

Designed by Automattic’s Ola Laczek, Sela puts a vibrant spin on the business theme and is now available for download at WordPress.org. With plenty of space to accommodate large images, Sela puts the focus on your company with a bold front-page template and a grid-page template perfect for showcasing products or services. With Jetpack, you’ll also get integrated testimonials and the option to upload a logo graphic. Sela is a beautiful canvas on which to tell your business’s story and looks great on all devices, from desktop to mobile. Download it now or check out the demo site.

Sela screenshot

A Duo of New Themes: Motif and Capoverso

Two new free themes from Automattic are now available at WordPress.org.

Long a popular business theme over at WordPress.com, Motif now makes its debut in the WordPress.org directory. A fork of Okay Themes’ Paradigm theme, Motif was completely overhauled by Frank Klein on both the design and code fronts, resulting in a responsive theme well suited to companies and organizations looking for a professional and contemporary web presence.


Designed by Davide “Folletto” Casali and developed by Caroline Moore, Capoverso is named after an Italian word for the indent in the first line of a paragraph. Davide describes its inspiration:

Capoverso was born as a minimalist typographic theme that could be massively customized with just a couple of images, allowing the expression of the author’s personality in a rich yet simple way. This shows at its best on the homepage: a full-screen image that has large text and the main navigation beneath. Just a couple of tweaks and it’s really your theme.


Two themes, two distinctive personalities: enjoy Motif and Capoverso!


Penscratch, a crisp new theme designed and developed by Caroline Moore, made its debut in the WordPress.org directory this week.

“Penscratch was inspired by a similar portfolio theme, Sketch, which I designed for visual art. I wanted a clean, minimalist theme with a similar look and feel, but tailored to writers.”

With support for Jetpack Site Logos and special styling for pull quotes, Penscratch is worth checking out.

Penscratch screenshot