Three new themes and Bryan is leaving WordPress
Bryan Velesco (Avalonstar) is parting ways with WordPress. While Bryan was with WordPress he had this to say about my Theme Review series:
Thanks for the review. These have really helped a lot in not only solidifying my knowledge of the template system, but getting rid of these damn bugs too. What you said about ChaoticSoul is really flattering, since I hold it so dear… I might have to fix the little annoyances that you and timethief are finding so it can be the best theme there is. ;)
Also, I’ll be trying to make my wordpress blog the place where I store all major theme updates that don’t fit onto the .com blog, so keep your eyes there too.
I don’t know any details (not officially announced yet), but we’ve known for a while that Matt Thomas is on board.
I wouldn’t be surprised if the recent spout of theme releases is related to Bryan leaving, and
why there was a name error with the 281 theme by Paul Stamatiou and Neil Patel (plug: I subscribe to both of their blogs — they’re excellent).
UPDATE: Nope, not an error. This is Eli Foner’s extension of 281 called 2813.
Bryan has this to say about his departure:
Automattic and I are parting ways. Thinking about it now, I see the reason being a more fundamental one. The way I work just didn’t fit with their expectations. I could get into how the expectations for designers and programmers differ, or how using Trac to measure output might not be the best way to track my progress. Honestly, that would do nothing for the situation. It was an awesome four months working with some of the smartest minds in the business. I know they’ll get far.
I wish him luck with his future endevours, and I’ll be keeping my eye on his work (when looking for CSS ideas to steal).