ThemeForest Week In Review

It’s the end of October and great things are happening and enroute. We have some amazing new items in the marketplace and the forum is teaming with activity. We’ve also heard news of a new marketplace on the way as well. So let’s get started with a great interview with a rising star author, stmcan and a look at some of the fantastic recent additions to the marketplace.

Interview With Author Tolga (stmcan)

Tolga is one of ThemeForest’s rising stars with some really great quality portfolio items to offer. When Tolga submits a new template or theme, you can be sure it will have lots of options and styles with a fantastic design to go with it.

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Q #1: When creating a new template for Theme Forest, what aspects are top priority and why?

A: “The thing is ‘usability’ what is preferential principle for me to making a new theme for Theme Forest. I have been working in business field about web design and development with hundreds clients approximately for nine years. According to these wide experiences i am trying to convey new themes in this large area as considering customers needs.”

Q #2: What tips for success can you share with our readers that you feel have contributed to your success?

A: “Generally everyone can say that you need hard working and big love to be a successful person in every area in your life. It’s all true for Theme Forest also, but additionally you need to have large perspective to evaluate your themes for the purposes of buyers view point.”

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Q #3: What do you enjoy most about the work you do?

A: “I’m enjoying all parts of the web development process. But if I had to choose one, I would choose coding.”

Q #4: Outside web design and development what other interests do you have?

A: “Well, I like sightseeing with my family, the dog is included! These meantimes I’m trying to take photographs, really like B/W ones and also enjoying to make unreal photo manipulations on them. In the near future I would like to open an exhibition.”

Q #5: What are your top four pet peeves in design or web development?

A:

  1. Unfortunately we have only 24 hours in a day :-)
  2. Extra works for ie6
  3. Searching icons or stock photos for design
  4. Getting this phrase “This design is ok but, can we see the red one additionally?”
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Q #6: What are three of your favorite features used in websites?

A: “My favorite features are sliders which i like to use in my sites also.”

Q #7: What are some tips or words of wisdom you would like to share with our readers?

A: “I’m working as a web developer over nine years and I think if you miss the life while working, your creativeness die away in the course of time. Even if you catch the success, can not get the utmost enjoyment out of it.”

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Thanks for taking the time to answer these questions Tolga!

Check Out Tolga’s Portfolio

stmcan's Portfolio

Notable Additions to the Forest

Here are eight really great new items added to the ThemeForest marketplace over this last week.

[PSD] Grunge Portfolio

Grunge Portfolio

“Grunge Portfolio is a grunge design theme for webdesigner, printdesigner, photographer or any other graphicartist you can think of.”

[PSD] Clickloud Web 2.0 Business Template

Clickloud Business Template

“Clickloud is a web 2.0 business software template. It’s mainly directed towards the companies that either produce or administrate web 2.0 software content (cloud software companies) but it may be used for a variety of other things: company portfolio, personal blog theme etc.”

[HTML] BigBrands

BigBrands

“BigBrands is a marketing/Portfolio site geared towards showcasing your skills in a variety of fun ways.”

[HTML] Under Construction Page w/ AJAX contact form

Under Construction Page w/ AJAX contact form

“SolidForm Maintenance Page is a customizable “Under Construction” page.”

[WordPress] Concise

Concise

“Concise is a very easy to customize theme which best suits business or portfolio sites. This theme has a feature loaded theme options page with over 50 options you can play with to make this theme Yours! – check out the screenshots to see what you get. Concise has a jquery featured slider where you can showcase posts in a specific category.”

[WordPress] WP-Photo – Beautiful Photo Blog

WP-Photo - Beautiful Photo Blog

“A Professional Wordpress theme with an ultra-clean layout, big images and superior style. The look and feel of this theme can be used in many ways making it a top choice for businesses, artists, designers, photographers and more. ”

[PHP Scripts] simple PHP Feedback form

simple PHP Feedback form

“This simple application that will bring a feedback form for your site, you can put this feedback contact form into any interface that you have.”

[PHP Scripts] Contact Form With Custom Auto Responder

Contact Form With Custom Auto Responder

“The easy and full functional advanced contact form with validations and custom Auto responder message system which is easy to set no need of php coding.”

More Great ThemeForest Items

These are some seriously great templates, themes and scripts but don’t forget that there’s lots more! View them here!

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Chatter In The Forest (Forum Discussions)

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Here are some of this week’s forum discussions worth checking out and chiming in on. We’ve got a fresh bit of info. from Collis on an upcoming code marketplace, more proof that authors can make a living at ThemeForest, a “flash” back from the past, birthdays and more!

Blog Review

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This week’s fantastic blog posts.

Web Roundup

There’s a tremendous amount of information on the web and it’s not always easy to find the cream of the crop. Here are some great tutorials and articles from around the web that are definitely worth checking out.

The Ultimate Guide to Creating a Design and Converting it to HTML and CSS

The Ultimate Guide to Creating a Design and Converting it to HTML and CSS

This screencast will serve as the final entry in a multi-part series across the TUTS sites which demonstrates how to build a beautiful home page for a fictional business. We learned how to create the wireframe on Vectortuts+; we added color, textures, and effects on Psdtuts+; now, we’ll take our completed PSD and convert it into a nicely coded HTML and CSS website.

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Top 10 Reasons Why the Closing of Geocities is Long Overdue

Geocities is finally, after nearly fifteen years, bowing its head and closing its doors. While the first reactions of many, like myself, was, “it’s about time;” others embraced the nostalgia of their first websites in the nineties – full of animated gifs, enormous counters, midi tunes, frames, tables, … the list goes on and on. With that said, we can all agree on one thing if we’re truly honest with ourselves: this closure is long overdue!

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20 Do’s and Don’ts of Effective Web Design

When you are creating a website (or hiring a web/blog designer to create one for you), there are specific items you need to be aware of. Things that normally wouldn’t cross your mind. For the average person who wants a website or blog for their business, they are after one very important thing – sales. Now, they may tell you that they want the big flashy logos, or the overdone textures/gradients, but it is the job of a well skilled web designer to steer their clients in the right direction.

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14 jQuery Plugins for Enhanced Content Viewing

Whether you need to display content within a limited amount of space or you just want to make a section of your website more engaging, jQuery is an excellent solution. With jQuery you can easily create accordion style content boxes, image galleries, and content sliders. Here are 14 excellent jQuery plugins for adding this type of functionality to your site.

SchoolOrNot

To School or Not to School

Education undeniably changes us. Learning new things completely alters our perception of life and the world around us.

But formal academic training is a touchy subject for some people. Going to school to learn a discipline is still not an option for everyone.

As someone who has worked in the graphic design field for quite some time without an advanced degree, I understand that self-education is not to be underestimated.

But just how far can this type of training get you in life before you reach an impasse?

This is one of the big questions in the world of graphic design: is design school worth the time, money and effort? Does it pay off?

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Brand = User Experience: The Interface of a Cheeseburger

There he goes, the web designer, stepping up to the counter of an empty McDonald’s at 3 o’clock in the morning. He is scanning the overhead menu, putting a cheeseburger in his mental shopping basket. “Cheezubahga, onegaishimasu,” we hear him say, “with an iced tea.”

Waiting for his order, he examines the wireframe of the display on the cash register, the mechanical logic of the deep fat fryers, the input/output logic of the ice cream dispenser. Coming late from work, with his mind still in design mode, he starts tracing the restaurant’s interaction model, drawing arrows from the entrance to the counter to the tables to the trash cans; seeing how the conveyor-belt kitchen, the trays with the paper liners, the bolted down seats and the meals comprise a single, complete customer interface. “They must have run usability tests,” he thinks, taking his tray to the table.


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