Everyone’s talking about it, Brian Gardner developed it, Sarah Kay Hoffman is the first to use it and we’re all waiting for it… the Genesis Minimum 2.0 theme from Studiopress.
The good news is it’s just been released.
If you can’t stand it any longer take a look at Minimum 2.0 in action and drool all over it to your heart’s content.
If you’re well practised in the art of self control then read on and discover what’s waiting for you in the Aladdin’s cave we call Studiopress.
Maybe I’m weird, but I’ve developed a claustrophobia of sorts when it comes to viewing websites.
Too many sites feel crammed and are extremely hard to read with small font.
In my opinion, having 20px of padding around content areas used to be enough, but lately I’ve decided that 40px should be the new minimum.
Brian Gardner – Studiopress
So what’s this Minimum thing all about?
It’s about going back to the basics of presenting elegant easy to read text against a background that doesn’t compete for your attention.
It’s about removing the frippery, the bells and whistles, the affectations, the distractions, the things that get in the way of your message… and stripping back to what really counts.
This is how Brian Gardner, the developer of this theme, puts it…
Ultimately what you want to do is present plenty of space and nice typography and what that is surrounded by is less important.
The trends in modern design right now point to readability and space – which as web developers, it’s our responsibility to encourage…
There you have it folks, the Minimum design plus the minimum philosophy and I for one love both.
Minimum’s fully widgetised homepage will have you up and running in no time at all
There’s nothing worse than uploading a new theme in eager anticipation and then taking a week and a half to set-up the home page.
Don’t worry, Minimum’s homepage is fully widgetised and you’ll be up and running in no time.
This theme has ten widgetised areas and nine of them are on the homepage.
From Header Right via Home Featured #1, #2, #3 and #4 down to Custom Footer and Footer 1, 2 and 3 all you have to do is drag a widget into the widget area, add a few lines of text and hit save.
Does that sound good to you?
I downloaded Minimum earlier today and played around with the widget areas and believe me… it really is set up for the non coder.
So who’s using Minimum 2.0 and what are they using as the big graphic?
Here are a few sites using Minimum that will give you both ideas and inspiration and may even make you go… WOW!
Ted Vieira is a Las Vegas photographer and I won’t spoil the surprise by telling you what Ted’s used for his graphic.
Puneet Sahalot has used a fabulous shot of himself with the background slightly out of focus.
Aaron Schimpf has used the photo of a firefighter and fire scene that has to be seen to be believed.
David Decker has gone with a lovely shot of himself, but watch it… this one is a little blue.
Danny Brown has used a fabulously inspiring nature shot on his new website “Help Me Be Inspired”.
Bob Dunn has used a picture of himself… deep in thought plus a few lines of text on his shiny new website.
Mónica Guerra Leiria has used a gorgeous part picture of herself and added a little elegant text.
Greg Taylor over at Marketing Press has used a gloriously coloured graphic and it looks absolutely stunning.
Greg Rickaby has an absolutely stunning top graphic and his modified menus are awesome.
Hope that’s shown you what stunning effects can be achieved with this theme and if you decide to set up a site using Minimum, let me know and I’ll add it to the list.
Minimum 2.0 is bursting at the seams with features
Don’t think that because this theme is called Minimum that it’s minimum on features because it’s not.
The Minimum child theme includes the following features:
- Three layout options – various combinations of sidebar and content allow you to give each of your pages and posts individual styling including a full width option.
- Custom background and custom header – easily use your own custom header and custom background.
- Featured images – supports WordPress featured images.
- Fixed width – gives you pin-point control over the exact look of your site.
- Mobile responsive – adapts to your visitors screen size and gives them the optimum viewing experience.
- Theme options – allows you to control many of your theme options from within the WordPress admin area.
- Five page templates – archives, blog, columns, landing and portfolio pages templates.
3 layout options, custom background, custom header, featured images, footer widgets, mobile responsive, threaded comments
Head over to Studiopress and pick up your copy of the Minimum 2.0 theme
If you’re looking for a theme that allows your content to reign supreme, a theme that provides you with a blank canvas on which you can apply your own content and still allows you to configure your homepage without knowing a single line of code, then rejoice…. Studiopress have sent you Minimum 2.0.
To find out details of pricing etc. head over to Studiopress and put the Minimum theme through its paces and see its features in action… be prepared to be amazed.
A stunning execution of “less is more”, the Minimum child theme expresses everything you’re about, with very little effort.
Clean, elegant, powerful, unfettered, and uncluttered are a just few words that say… Minimum.
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