Today we are pleased to introduce Paperpunch, a clean and versatile theme featuring a subtle, textured background and hand-crafted icons.
To go along with a widget-ready sidebar, Paperpunch offers no fewer than four columns at the bottom of the page to display many more widgets.
If you want to customize the look a bit, use the Custom Background option found in your Dashboard under Appearance → Background to change the background color or add your own background image.
Since the correct CSS selectors are already in place for both fonts in the theme stylesheet, you can simply sign up for Typekit, enable Chunk and Junction, refresh, and enjoy! (Learn more about using Typekit with Paperpunch.)
For a working demo of Paperpunch with the optional Typekit typography, visit paperpunchdemo.wordpress.com.
- May 26, 2010 @ 10:02 pm
May 26th at 10:32 pm
It seems like a very nice theme. Gotta try this later! Good job guys, keep up the good work.
May 26th at 10:40 pm
What are the hand-crafted icons? I have not found them yet.
May 26th at 11:01 pm
I love all of these themes, and I truly appreciate how frequently new ones have been coming out… But, we have 94 themes and I can’t help but think that most of them are slight variations of a previous theme. This one reminds me so much of the Enterprise theme, along with many others. How about something far out from the WP norm?
May 26th at 11:02 pm
Have to agree with James. Wider themes are a must for many of us. They are more pleasant to read and give a better visual context. I won’t use skinny themes and it is disheartening to see that wide themes are being almost completely ignored. WHY is that?? Can we have at least one other theme built on the Journalist platform, but with color options, more widgets, a header picture and so on. It really doesn’t have to be fancy.
I’m also not being ungrateful and believe WordPress is the best blogging platform out there. But any thoughts on this issue at all?
May 26th at 11:03 pm
The themes…they’re starting to look alike…
May 26th at 11:05 pm
Very nice simplistic theme. Thank you for all the themes that have been released in such a short time frame.
May 26th at 11:23 pm
Keeping my Vigilance theme for now but if there were theme that combined these options along with a custom header, I’d definitely think about switching. Nice that WordPress is getting a lot of themes pushed out for it’s users though. Good job!
May 26th at 11:25 pm
It looks like a nice, simple theme. I really love how the RSS button is on the top of the page. Although, I wish it had a custom header option! I wish we had more themes where you can customize the header, background, and colors of the blog and have a wider layout to display larger pcitures. A button for twitter and the RSS feed at the top would also be a great bonus! I’m quite certain that would be the “perfect theme” for many bloggers.
May 26th at 11:26 pm
More widgets? Awesome!
May 26th at 11:26 pm
Very clean and organized theme! Not my style though, but thanks for providing! You guys rock!
May 26th at 11:28 pm
Love the widgets at the bottom. I’ll have to consider using this one–nicely crisp and clean.
May 26th at 11:56 pm
This is a very simple and clean theme with some nice touches. However, the hand-crafted social networking icons are missing. On the WordPress.org version they are on the top right hand corner of the theme. Also the horizontal menu bar does static Pages with drop-downs to child pages that are in the WordPress.org version are missing from the WordPress.com version of the theme. Why so? Lastly, thanks for the Typekit Fonts tutorial you posted to the themes forum. I like the fonts the theme currently displays but others may not share that opinion.
May 26th at 11:56 pm
Excellent idea to have the CSS selectors already in place for the Typekit fonts. When I originally signed up with Typekit I had a hell of a job enabling a font for the headline etc (body text was no problem). Easy once one has it sussed… not so easy sussing out how initially though. So, good bit of forward thinking there.
May 26th at 11:57 pm
Looks like a nice theme. Just wondering if you can bring out a theme that looks a little like a magazine? One that designed for information based blogs, that would be nice.
May 27th at 12:03 am
Looks almost identical to Notepad, colour scheme aside. I think we need diversity more than “more of the same”. I personally find being so widget-heavy on the bottom isn’t really aesthetically pleasing or accessible. I have that at the moment but am hoping for a theme with 3 columns for a bit of a reshuffle.
May 27th at 12:03 am
Clean and elegant. Certainly something I’d use. Thanks a lot for all the themes lately and in general for the work you do on this site!
May 27th at 12:07 am
Thank you for your diligence… you could do better!
May 27th at 12:20 am
Paperpunch looks good. It’s interesting and useful always to get these notifications. Thanks also for the Twenty Ten photoblog tip and example… food for thought.
May 27th at 12:22 am
Nice and clean. =)
May 27th at 12:30 am
Great effort by the WordPress team. I appreciate your services and want to say “Thank You.”
May 27th at 12:33 am
Really nice… I really like this one.
May 27th at 12:41 am
Wow! This is a very clean theme!
May 27th at 12:46 am
It looks like the Enterprise theme with little improvement.
May 27th at 12:59 am
I like it!
May 27th at 1:12 am
@James Turnbull and @breakthroughtogod and anyone else asking for wider themes, I’m curious: what motivates you to wish for a wider theme? In order to not clutter up this comment thread—I posted my question to the Themes Forum: http://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/wider-themes Please put your replies there instead of here. Thanks!
May 27th at 1:30 am
This theme is so elegant with some very elegant graphics also. One of the best! Yes I’ve got the punch really! Little joke here… Thanks for all the new themes they rock and so does WordPress… Thanks!
May 27th at 1:47 am
Very neat. Uncluttered with the customary tags not showing immediately below the title (or at the end of the post). The font family, size and line-height design makes the text easy on the eye and reading pleasant. I will use this for some other blog (current one needs me to have a custom header). The custom background is a huge plus.
There was one problem I noticed though. The theme seems to be fixated upon having widgets in the footer, and even if I choose to not have any widgets in the footer area, the theme imposes its own choice. Any work around? As always, thanks to the Theme Team. Keep them coming and I might have my dream theme some day.
May 27th at 1:56 am
I like it! Not for me, but still very sharp.
May 27th at 2:00 am
This is so darn much fun! Previewing all the new themes. I love having an instant new look whenever the mood strikes me so thank you for providing us with another new theme… Paperpunch. You can never have too many widgets – love those!
May 27th at 2:10 am
Simply, clean and light! I like it!
May 27th at 2:13 am
All the themes seem to have been whipped together quickly without much effort. Don’t get me wrong, it’s wonderful that WordPress is working on so many new themes for bloggers, but I would say “quality vs. quantity”. I would rather there be some really useful and good themes once a month than one new theme a day without much substance. Just a suggestion, thanks so much either way!
May 27th at 2:14 am
I am loving have these new themes so often, thanks guys!
May 27th at 2:24 am
I like how the simple theme brings out the colors in the photos. A nice clean design. One question how did the name Paperpunch come about?
May 27th at 2:42 am
Boring… looks very similar to Titan without too much novelty.
May 27th at 2:51 am
Good, every time I look at the new theme I want to change my weblog theme. Hmmm, thanks.
May 27th at 3:14 am
I agree with JL. I hope that you could create a theme that is quite different and does a better performance. Anyway, it is simple and pretty amazing though it is just like any other old WordPress themes.
May 27th at 3:22 am
Tested it already in my local… very good theme. Pro version is much better I bet.
May 27th at 4:05 am
A bit too simple for me.
May 27th at 5:30 am
Wow… the theme seems to be simple and effective.
May 27th at 5:46 am
Wow! This is a very clean theme! I like it.
May 27th at 6:27 am
This is a nice, clean simple theme, but I prefer serif fonts. Might look really hot with a good background. I’m happy with Bueno now that I have the CSS upgrade. Thanks so much Theme Team.
May 27th at 7:50 am
Very neat. After 2010, I had been looking forward to yet another bottom widget theme. Here it is… is it already available to switch?
May 27th at 8:44 am
Like it, but I would love it with a custom rotating header. Been wanting that for so long.
May 27th at 8:46 am
Hey, I really like this theme.
May 27th at 9:18 am
Awwwwww … I am sorry, I couldn’t see any difference in this theme. I do have one question: “Why are all the themes available in WordPress are looking alike?” Is there anything happening to your creativity? Same old colors; allowing us to change the background is not going to help.
May 27th at 10:26 am
Simple and clean; I like it!
But a little bit monotonous. And too much white (it’s domination) gives more radiation, I guess …
May 27th at 11:05 am
Kiaora from New Zealand. I currently use Pressrow for this blog, and Cutline for another, so I guess it is the “Magazine” style that I am aiming for: lots of visual content on the sidebar, and highly visual main content too. I also prefer the look of images in one at a time, rather than in as a ‘gallery’. I think this is because when I click on a ‘gallery’ I don’t know how long my experience there will last, whereas when images are entered in one at a time I can instantly see the length of the whole post. Understand? Perhaps we “Magazine types” want Custom Headers, Image rich sidebars, AND nice wider photos (preferably without the funny borders).
May 27th at 11:44 am
Very clear! Simple but elegant.
May 27th at 12:37 pm
May 27th at 12:51 pm
It’d be really handy if you would put the width of the main column in the blog posts about the new themes.
May 27th at 1:04 pm
I am loving having these new themes.
May 27th at 1:06 pm
Am liking the new themes. They are a major upgrade on the old ones of several years back.
Also, I would agree with the comment about wide themes. I’m also not a fan of narrow templates which has led me to ditch otherwise decent themes in the past. Currently using Twenty Ten and quite liking it.
May 27th at 1:08 pm
Y’all are making it really hard to pick just one of all the great new themes!
May 27th at 2:06 pm
What a nice theme, I like it, so simple and clean… I have to try it.
May 27th at 3:31 pm
Blogroll and Pages would be better when displayed on the right column. Eagerly awaiting your theme with such an implementation.
May 27th at 3:56 pm
The only thing which keeps me from using it is the lack of a custom header. I love making headers for my blog… so this is a no-go.
May 27th at 4:56 pm
Simple, clean and versatile. I like it but sticking with my 2010 theme. Keep up the good work
May 27th at 5:10 pm
I am still keeping with Structured, but am glad that you guys are starting to think about fonts more. My older readers are having a hard time with the tiny print that goes with most of the themes. Additionally, I am excited to see what is in store for the future for new widgets and more fonts choices for those who don’t have an upgrade.
May 27th at 5:13 pm
Oh! Can we have a theme that puts a solid background to our posts (not the whole wite, just the post)? That way I can have more fun with crazy backgrounds and still have my posts readable. Also, I would love to be able to change the COLOR of my fonts in the sidebars,etc.
May 27th at 5:34 pm
WordPress team! A black theme please!
May 27th at 7:26 pm
Another theme? You are very industrious. Thanks for the hard work and keep it up. I am really grateful to the WordPress team. You are the best! :3
May 27th at 8:17 pm
This is a very nice one and I like the additional columns. That will be very handy for many people!
May 27th at 11:43 pm
Can we please see more themes with 2/3 sidebars? The bottom widgets are great and everything… but some annoying readers don’t scroll that far. Also, this theme looks almost identical to Notepad, and most of the themes are the exact same thing with different color schemes or one extra feature. It would be nice to see quality, not quantity.
May 28th at 12:46 am
Very nice and clean theme but I would also prefer a black theme.
May 28th at 1:37 am
I like this new theme!
May 28th at 6:56 am
It’s good to see WP is finally accelerating the punching out of new themes. Playing catch-up to blogger.
May 28th at 7:46 am
Very good design. Like the drop down menus very much. Clean space. Would like to see more of the wide themes too. AND I wonder when WordPress will support the GPS location widget. ..? anyone got an idea how to add a gps to the blog?
May 28th at 7:52 am
Are WordPress themes only created by men? Anyhow, I would like to see a more softer theme and a photo theme
May 28th at 9:09 am
Simply, clean and light!
May 28th at 10:17 am
This might work for my blog/site -I’ll give it a try sometime!
May 28th at 11:00 am
I have to admit I like it simple, clean and direct. Good, good.
May 28th at 11:54 am
Wow, so many themes come out every week.
May 28th at 12:12 pm
It’s raining themes! Just one wish – can we have a few more themes that allow defining categories as the menu, rather than pages? Like the Monochrome theme?
May 28th at 3:17 pm
When will we get wide themes? I have resorted to using Sandbox
Really guys… what is the reasoning behind all the narrow themes?
May 28th at 4:56 pm
I like it. Will you be making some flower or pink themes?
May 28th at 5:12 pm
I am so excited to see new theme every week!
May 28th at 5:21 pm
That’s sweet looking… it would be a waste for the content on my blog.
May 28th at 5:52 pm
What happened to colorful themes. Seems like everything you guys are putting out lately is white. The only color it gets is the pictures that are in the banner or post.
May 28th at 6:17 pm
Purists will like it, I do not.
May 28th at 7:02 pm
Nice and clean. Think I’m gonna try it out. Thanks, and keep the new themes coming.
May 28th at 7:11 pm
I like the theme but I don’t like changing my themes too often. Maybe sometime down the line.
May 28th at 7:11 pm
Sorry, I am aware that there are some colorful ones to choose from but those are the rather “older” layouts. I do currently use one. I was just merely commenting on all the new ones were white. So it just seems like they all resemble each other with a plain white background.
But I agree I could be in the minority for the colored ones. Either way I do appreciate you guys putting out new stuff to choose from.
May 28th at 7:14 pm
I definitely agree with other post liking and requesting black themes.
May 28th at 8:00 pm
Very plain. Not for me.
May 28th at 8:02 pm
I agree this is a nice clean theme. And I also agree that many are looking very similar. While I understand people may gravitate toward white or black backgrounds, it seems that a bit more creativity can be tapped into to get some unique themes going. One of the reasons I chose mine, Fjords04, because of the unique banner. Perhaps some of you creative folks at WP can focus on thinking more outside the box again. Perhaps its just about offering more choices in setting background colors, or patterns…something a bit off the wall even
May 28th at 8:06 pm
Best for people who want to add more and more widgets to their blog.
May 28th at 9:28 pm
Very bland and unoriginal. It does look clean and I like that feature of it, but (from my standpoint) it really has nothing new. Another thing is it’s flexible for those who don’t write specific topics. I write original fiction, essays, poetry, ect., and the theme I chose for my site is one that resembles century-old books and pages. (digitallyre.wordpress.com)
Black themes are really hard on the eyes because they usually use bright colored text. Reading something that is that bright gives people migraines, and this isn’t just me.
Anyhoo… Themes should be centered more around easy reading capabilities AND expressing the content of your entire site. People give first impressions when they visit websites, if you don’t make it look interesting no one is going to spend more than two minutes surfing your pages and posts.
May 28th at 10:16 pm
May 28th at 10:39 pm
I agree with John D. Antesberger III… more of the same really.
May 29th at 3:05 am
I am using enterprise but here is a new theme again. It’s interesting.
May 29th at 4:31 pm
I am very tempted to change to this.
May 29th at 7:23 pm
As nice as this is I feel like it’s missing something. I’d really like something that stands out more, a bit bolder.
May 29th at 9:26 pm
I LOVE IT.
May 30th at 1:31 am
Letting people customize the background color and image are great touches, something I have been looking for. Thanks!
May 30th at 4:35 am
This is a great design and the design quality of recent WordPress themes is very high. I shall stick to the 2010 theme for now. Need more of wide image themes.