Scratchpad

Created by Automattic’s Laurel Fulford, whimsical Scratchpad showcases your writing, photos, and drawings. Full of bright colors and illustrative details – courtesy of fast-loading SVGs – the theme pays special attention to styling post formats for visual variety. A perfect fit for sharing projects, recipes, and stories, Scratchpad is now available for download on WordPress.org.

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Theme-o-rama

We have a November treat for theme-lovers – a slew of new free themes by Automattic designers and theme wranglers have made their debut on WordPress.org. Meet the fabulous five:

Crafted by Caroline Moore, Affinity features an elegant multi-panel scrolling front page. Geared to weddings and family announcements, it’s flexible enough to suit a wide variety of sites.

Affinity screenshot

Thomas Guillot designed Shoreditch especially for businesses who want to easily combine multiple panels on any page.

Shoreditch screenshot

Looking for a fresh new blogging-focussed theme? Check out our trio:

  • A modern blogging theme that shows off gorgeous photography, Revelar is designed by Filipe Varela and developed by Ola Bodera;
  • Tammie Lister‘s Cols features a minimalist multi-column text display; and
  • Lyretail, designed by Mel Choyce and developed by Caroline Moore, is a clean single-column theme for personal bloggers with prominent social links in the header.

Take your favorite for a spin today!

Revelar screenshot

Cols screenshot

Lyretail screenshot

New Themes: Escutcheon & Toujours

Two new themes are available for download in the WordPress.org theme repo: Escutcheon and Toujours.

Escutcheon (pronounced ess-KUH-chun) is a bold, typography-driven theme for long-form writers to showcase their work. Designed by Mel Choyce and developed by Caroline Moore, Escutcheon — an unusual word referring to a type of shield — supports a social icon menu and displays post excerpts on the front page.

Escutcheon screenshot

Laurel Fulford crafted Toujours (French for “always” — pronounced too-DJOOR) as a responsive remake of the popular Forever theme. Geared to weddings, it features a large slider (available via Jetpack Featured Content), a unique layout for three recent posts, and a special guestbook template.

Toujours screenshot

Whether you’re planning upcoming nuptials or getting down to serious blogging, we welcome you to take Toujours and Escutcheon for a spin.

Sleek Pique

Pique (pronounced “peek”) made its debut in the WordPress.org repository this week. A spiffy scrolling front-page theme crafted by Automattic’s Sarah Semark, Pique lets you add up to eight panels to the homepage by choosing static pages via the Customizer.

Designed with coffee shops in mind, Pique is a great fit for many types of small businesses. It supports a logo or customer testimonials with Jetpack and can display a custom menu in both the header and footer. Check it out!

Pique screenshot

Consider Canapé

Looking for a fresh, elegant theme for a restaurant or other food-related site? Explore Canapé, now available in the WordPresss.org theme repo. Designed by Automattic’s Ola Laczek, Canapé retains its sophisticated look on mobile, tablet, and desktop screens.

Add features like food menus and customer testimonials with Jetpack, and showcase up to three food-menu sections on the homepage.

Check out the Canapé demo or download it and start experimenting.

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ThemeShaper v.2016

If you’re a regular reader, you’ve probably noticed that things look a little different around here.

The last ThemeShaper remake took place three years ago — it was definitely time for an update! We crafted a child theme of Twenty Sixteen to take advantage of its fresh design and typography, while putting our own spin on it with the addition of Featured Content and footer-widget areas. A subtle grey color scheme and the Bitter and Lato Google Fonts round out the new look. Code snippets are now easier to read and our Twitter account is a little more intuitive to find, too.

We hope you like it! If you notice anything that doesn’t look right, feel free to let us know, either in the comments or by getting in touch directly.

Beguiling Button

Designed by Automattic’s Caroline Moore with crafters and hobbyists in mind, Button features detailed accents, featured images, gallery slideshows, and a soft color palette. With Jetpack active, you can add a logo for extra flair. Now available in the WordPress.org directory, Button is the perfect theme for a blog showing off your sewing skills, chronicling your latest DIY endeavors, or keeping a running list of your favorite things from around the web.

Button screenshot

Savor Sapor

A minimalist theme crafted by Automattic’s Tammie Lister, Sapor is geared to showcase your passions. Designed with food blogging in mind but well suited to anything from gardening to healthy living, it features a left sidebar for menu and widgets, and offers a Site Logo option with Jetpack active. We’re pleased that Sapor is now available in the WordPress.org directoryvisit the demo or take it for a spin.

Sapor screenshot