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a brief overview on designing / making themes for WordPress, presented to graphic design students at New Brunswick College of Craft & Design

a brief overview on designing / making themes for WordPress, presented to graphic design students at New Brunswick College of Craft & Design

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  • 1. Designing for WordPress
  • 2. “Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.” —Steve Jobs, 2003
  • 3. WordPress can do anything
  • 4. WordPress can do anything (yes, really)
  • 5.  
  • 6. <ul><li>Mashable </li></ul><ul><li>TechCrunch </li></ul><ul><li>CNN Political ticker </li></ul><ul><li>WSJ magazine </li></ul><ul><li>I Can Haz Cheeseburger </li></ul><ul><li>Number 10 Downing St site </li></ul><ul><li>MuchMusic blog </li></ul><ul><li>Perez Hilton </li></ul><ul><li>And more! </li></ul>
  • 7. What is a WordPress theme? <ul><li>Series of template files </li></ul><ul><li>Php based </li></ul><ul><li>style.css </li></ul>
  • 8.  
  • 9. <ul><li>http://codex.wordpress.org/Template_Hierarchy </li></ul><ul><li>http://wpcandy.com/teaches/wordpress-template-hierarchy-diagram </li></ul>
  • 10. Lean to love style.css And embrace the child theme
  • 11.  
  • 12. All of the images on the preceding slide were built from the same WordPress theme.
  • 13. If you can dream it, you can theme it.
  • 14. We're all still earning You don't have to know every single thing about WordPress in order to make a great design.
  • 15. The rules are always changing <ul><li>Wordpress open source, constant improvements </li></ul><ul><li>HTML 5 </li></ul><ul><li>Read industry blogs </li></ul><ul><li>Keep up with WP development </li></ul><ul><li>Keep learning when school is done (there's no tests tho) </li></ul>
  • 16. Wanna help? <ul><li>http://make.wordpress.org/ui/ </li></ul><ul><li>Google Summer of Code </li></ul><ul><li>Support forums </li></ul><ul><li>http://wordpress.org/extend/themes/about/ </li></ul>
  • 17. Need help? <ul><li>http://codex.wordpress.org/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://wordpress.org/support/ </li></ul><ul><li>@andrea_r or @wpmuguru </li></ul><ul><li>Books! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>WordPress for Dummies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>WordPress All in One </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Beginning WordPress 3 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Build Your Own Wicked WordPress theme </li></ul></ul>

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