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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

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