It’s November and the sales are rolling in for our authors while our authors are rolling out fresh, new themes and templates. This week we bring you news of an iPhone app for the Envato marketplaces, updated browser stats and more.
So let’s start with this week’s interview with author and reviewer, Kai Loon.
Interview With Author and Reviewer Kai Loon (kailoon)
Kai Loon is one of ThemeForest’s very own reviewers. He not only reviews for ThemeForest but for GraphicRiver as well. Kai Loon isn’t just a reviewer though, he is a skilled author who also runs two great websites–LoonDesign and ThemeTation. I’ve asked Kai Loon a few questions for this week’s interview and here’s what he had to say.
Q #1: As one of ThemeForest’s reviewers, what are some tips you can give to our current and potentially new authors?
A: “Never give up, try the best you can. Try not to compare to any low performance items while your item was rejected. All of us have the passion to be the best.
Many authors always have the same thought when designing for ThemeForest: I want to provide something special, unique and different from what we have on ThemeForest now. I understand that, as a designer, we always want to try something new. However, we still have to keep the aesthetic level and standard usability when creating something new.
Further, this is a marketplace but not a web gallery. People pay money to buy our creative works but not pay for something you use to test the market or your skills. So, we need to provide our best.”
Q #2: Obviously, there are so many elements and practices that go into creating a wonderful and high selling theme. What are some techniques or tricks you have learned that have proven to be successful?
A: “Flexibility and usability are the key, keep in mind your items can be used for several times on multiple websites. Users normally will modify it before they use it. Know the needs of the type of theme you are going to build. For example, if you are going to create a photography theme, you will need to provide functions such as auto image resize, gallery, lightbox, easy to manage of images etc. Or, if you are creating a community theme, you will need functions such as news submit form, multiple authors support, easy blogging system etc.
Always think that this is a theme that you are going to use. Then you will know what you need to do.”
Q #3: How did you get started in web design and development and what is your favorite part of the work you do?
A: “I started as a graphic designer, and then I know about WordPress 2 years ago. At that moment, I don’t know anything about HTML/CSS, jQuery or anything related to web development. I started as a blogger, I know more about WordPress when I first modify my blog. Then I started to learn HTML/CSS, jQuery, WordPress and php. I enjoy the both designing and coding.”
Q #4: When/how did you first come across ThemeForest?
A: “I was contacted by Collis and asked to submit the first WordPress theme and Joomla template to ThemeForest. I knew about this site via PSDtuts. After that, I was hired as reviewer for ThemeForest and GraphicRiver. I am so happy to be part of the amazing team Envato.”
Q #5: What are your top five pet peeves in design or web development?
- We have only 24hours per day.
- Getting this phrase “This design is ok but can you move the box 1 pixel left?”
- Selection of color combinations
- Getting this phrase “Can you help me to clone cnn.com?”
- Getting this phrase “I want this, this and this but my budget is only this. No worry, we can have profit sharing after this.”
Q #6: Lastly, can you give us any general wisdom or rules to live by when designing?
A: “Simplicity is the most complex achievement.”
Thanks for taking the time to answer these questions Kai Loon!
Check Out Kai Loon’s Portfolio
Notable Additions to the Forest
Here are eight fantastic new items that have been added to the ThemeForest marketplace over this last week.
“The ‘Hyper Desk’ theme is a clean & modern layout designed to promote anything from a corporate business to a portfolio site. It comes in 7 color ‘flavors’ to start, but within mere minutes you can have this layout colored and styled to suit your taste.”
“Photoworks is a modern web 2.0 style psd template for photography or portfolio website.”
“RT-Theme 5 is best suited for business, corporate or service websites. Theme comes with 10 premium skin options and you can easly modify or make your own skin using sliced PSD files.”
“This design is a Portfolio and / or a Corporate template for companies, portfolios, webdesigners, eBooks sites, etc, to showcase your services and work. This theme comes with Cub3r an awesome 3D slider easy to customize, I’ve added 2 more sliders for your customization, s3Slider and jQuery innerFade.”
[WordPress] Kreativik – 5 in 1 template Wordpress edition
“Kreativik is a result of our work on an easy, clean and solid design, which would be universal, cool and featured-packed at the same time. Finally available as wordpress theme!”
“It comes in 5 different styles (these style actualy link to the HTML version, but the look of the homapage is the same ):”
[WordPress] TYLIUM – Premium Wordpress Theme
“This template is a complete site compatible with all the browsers IE6 , IE7 , IE8 , Opera, Firefox 2, Firefox 3, Safari 3, Safari 4, Google Chrome.”
[PHP Scripts] Shoutbox
“This is an easy to integrate shoutbox that you can use also as chat. The installation is really easily: You have just to upload one file, follow the introductions and that’s it! With just 27kb, PHP5 OOP and jQuery powered it also very fast and looks also good.”
[PHP Scripts] Ad-Seller
“Ad-Seller is designed to make advertising very easy for everyone who has the needs to display ads on there website! Ad-Seller is lightweight to minimize the server load. It has a great simple css based design and offers great options! Next to the lightweight design, Ad-Seller is made using CodeIgniter an PHP framework with exceptional performance.”
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!
Chatter In The Forest (Forum Discussions)
Here are some of this week’s forum discussions worth checking out and chiming in on. Authors, make sure you check out the ThemeForest Authors Twitter List and the Nvator iPhone app.
- Say hello to Nvator iPhone app for Envato Marketplaces
- October 2009 Browser Stats!
- Envato IRC Chat Room
- The Official ThemeForest Authors Twitter List
- What Do you Buy Templates on Theme Forest For?
This week’s fantastic blog posts.
- Free File of the Month: November, 2009
- Record-Holder for Most Sales in a Single Month
- Ask JW: A Plugin to Make Important Announcements
- Inside the Mind of ThemeForest’s Top Selling Author
- New Featured Author of the Week: Maximus
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