Joen is quite simply one of my favorite theme designers, and I’m also thrilled to call him a co-worker here at Automattic. You may recall that MacManX.com used Fauna, Joen’s first publicly released theme, years ago for quite some time. I even released Frost, my first and only ever child theme for Fauna, way back in 2007. After a long run with Frost, I had the pleasure of beta testing a fantastic theme from Joen that was unfortunately never released. I’m not sure how much I can say about that theme, but I will say that everything was a widget, literally every single thing was a drag-and-drop widget. The theme was incredibly customizable.
Now, I’m on Timepiece, another great theme from Joen. Timepiece was conceived out of a project from our company’s San Diego Meetup, during which Joen and his team were tasked with creating a theme that emulated a timeline-style flow of events (think Twitter and Facebook), complemented by Infinite Scroll, of course. After a week of hard work, Timepiece tackles that concept in style. So, with a few font, color, and CSS tweaks via Custom Design to make this at least a bit unique, Timepiece is now live on MacManX.com.
I have really been looking forward to switching to a more timeline-style theme, especially now that I’m molding my blog into my main social media hub for a variety of reasons, and I feel that Timepiece fills that need quite nicely. As a bonus, if you’re looking to transform your blog into your social media hub too, you’ll be happy to know that Publicize now sends a post excerpt for any untitled post to Twitter and other connections along with the link to your post, so you can practically Tweet from your blog now!
I may still be poking around with a few things, but I’m pretty much settled on the overall look as it is now. As always, if you see anything out-of-place here, please let me know!