I was just reading great post from Konstantin Obenland talking about the design and development process behind the default WordPress themes from the last couple of years. In it he explains his desire to simplify for next years theme – and perhaps even base it on Automattic’s _s theme – changing only the css.
This got me thinking – wouldn’t it be great if there were something like a WordPress Zen Garden.
If you haven’t heard of the CSS Zen Garden, then you should really check it out. Started just over 10 years ago – it was a site designed to showcase the possibilities of modern CSS. People could submit designs to the Zen Garden, but here’s the catch – they couldn’t touch the page’s html markup. All they could do was supply a stylesheet and some images.
Over the years there have been some amazing designs – really pushing the envelope of what can be done purely with CSS.
So here’s my proposal…
Wouldn’t it be great if there was a project similar to the CSS Zen Garden – but for WordPress themes?
All we need is a WordPress site (perhaps filled with content from the Theme Unit Test), with minimal plugins installed, and a vanilla copy of _s as the theme.
People could submit a new styles.css and a folder of images to be applied to the theme – changing the appearance, layout and style of the site as much as they are able. It would be great to see what sort of magic people could come up with using only a stylesheet and some images.
So what do you think – I’d love to get some feedback while I look into the idea further.
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