Today we are absolutely thrilled to warm your creative hearts with the announcement of three new themes: AutoFocus, Imbalance 2, and Reddle.
AutoFocus is an elegant, minimal theme designed for artists, photographers, and other creatives seeking a simple but beautiful way to showcase their talents online. Designed by Allan Cole, this oft-requested theme simultaneously boasts impressive featured images throughout and a clean, unobtrusive design that gets out of the way of what truly matters—your creativity.
If you publish single-serving images on a daily photoblog, AutoFocus will accommodate you with ease. If you insert large galleries into your blog posts with the intention of writing assignment recaps, AutoFocus will also elegantly serve up your photo sets and stories. Wordsmiths will also enjoy the sleek and readable aesthetic that AutoFocus delivers.
Point is, AutoFocus works on so many levels for so many different types of creators that it’s simply a perfect fit here. Read more about its features on the Theme Showcase or dive right into previewing it on your blog from Appearance → Themes.
Imbalance 2, designed by WPShower, is yet another gorgeous theme that strikes a perfect balance between functionality and minimalism. Combine that with its modern style and your choices of use with this theme are quite varied.
Photo-heavy blogs, online portfolios, and online magazines are all intelligently handled by Imbalance 2. One of the first cool things you’ll notice about this theme is how everything on its home page automagically snaps into place regardless of whether you have a habit of publishing lengthy blog posts or tighter, short-form entries.
Along with a full-width layout template Imbalance 2 comes with several theme options: a site-wide theme color selector, which affects links, background hovers, and borders; sticky post handling; and the option to make your image and post grid fluid or fixed.
Read more about Imbalance 2′s features on the Theme Showcase or dive right into previewing it on your blog from Appearance → Themes.
Our final theme for you today is Reddle, a deceptively minimal, multi-purpose theme that impresses upon its user both versatility and simplicity.
The elements of Reddle’s layout were inspired by an older theme called Rubric but there’s really nothing basic about its minimal layout. Everything about the design adapts to how you want to use your blog and what you want to use it for.
Want to you use your blog for a simple one-column link blog? A two-column business site with a custom header and no posts? Reddle can do that. It even adapts its layout to visitors reading your blog from a device like an iPhone.
Reddle also provides support for two additional Post Formats: Image Posts and Aside Posts. Aside Posts are ultra-minimal. They don’t have a title or tags. Image Posts will highlight the first image in your post along with a short excerpt.
You can see both post formats, as well as many other of the theme’s features, by visiting Reddle’s Theme Showcase page or dive right into previewing it on your blog from Appearance → Themes.
- Dec 6, 2011 @ 4:32 pm
Dec 6th at 5:28 pm
AutoFocus seems to me to be a great leap forward in WordPress blog design. It may be the most beautiful theme ever. I’m surprised to see that it’s not a Premium theme. It makes me want to be a photographer, but text posts look good too. It also has a good use of typefaces.
Dec 6th at 5:48 pm
I always find it a little amusing when new WordPress themes are so clearly influenced by Tumblr. I personally don’t find Tumblr very engaging –probably because I’m a wordy writerly-type. But Reddle seems to be a smart combo of flashy microblogging and traditional themes where you can actually write some real content. It’s quite attractive and I’d consider using it.
Dec 6th at 5:52 pm
Wow! Three new minimalist themes that feature images prominently, have differnent layouts and post formats too. I can’t wait to play with them in my test blogs and try out the features.
Dec 6th at 6:25 pm
The first two themes aren’t something that would work for me, but Reddle looks amazing! I might use that sometime. Keep up the great work improving WordPress!
Dec 6th at 7:10 pm
More for photographers, but awesome themes.
Dec 6th at 7:17 pm
AutoFocus is absolutely gorgeous. Love it!
Dec 6th at 7:36 pm
All three of these themes just rock! I like them all! The last one reminds me of the Twenty Eleven theme. Keep up the good work; every time better themes are published.
Dec 6th at 7:49 pm
AutoFocus looks too awesome. Thanks!
Dec 6th at 7:49 pm
Absolutely wonderful bundle of themes. Each one is best in its own way, but I like Imbalance 2 more. Winter gifts are great!
Dec 6th at 7:51 pm
These are great themes! I know AutoFocus will really appeal to photographers—the setup is brilliant. I personally like Reddle and might even change my blog over to it. Fiddling with new themes is fun; thanks for constantly coming out with some great ones.
Dec 6th at 8:02 pm
I like Reddle. It is similar to Rubric but seems to have a little more life and energy to it.
Dec 6th at 8:13 pm
I loved AutoFocus too! So beautiful!
Dec 6th at 8:20 pm
Sweet. I’m so using Imbalance 2.
Dec 6th at 9:31 pm
Now this is what I call a combo!
Dec 6th at 9:37 pm
Doesn’t fit my blogging style or needs but AutoFocus is incredible!
Dec 6th at 9:49 pm
I’ve been looking for a theme like AutoFocus for my photoblog and now it’s here!
Dec 6th at 10:20 pm
I didn’t like the AutoFocus theme, but it’s important that I tell you why. It’s because I don’t have enough of my own photography on here, and some of my images are really good, so I should be getting them out there. What came up instead were images that I’ve used from the web to go with a particular something I was writing about, and taken out of context, frankly, they are lame. So I’m writing to thank you for encouraging me to try the new theme. It worked out smartly in the end. I went to a different theme, but when I have more to offer in terms of photography, I’ll be back.
Dec 6th at 10:24 pm
At last: Imbalance 2 is exactly what I want. Thank you.
Dec 6th at 11:33 pm
I’ve been wishing for a minimal theme that has both a sidebar and bottom widgets. A few do but most don’t. You may have answered my wishing with Reddle. I’m looking forward to trying it out in the next few days.
There is certain integrity and elegance in the way the different elements of this theme fit together in such a balanced and proportional way. Thanks again to the supreme Theme Team. Curious what the dot will say (instead of “Edit”) when I log out!
Dec 6th at 11:58 pm
I will try Imbalance 2. Pretty cool.
Dec 7th at 1:16 am
AutoFocus looks like it was inspired by the recent Google redesign.
Dec 7th at 3:55 am
AutoFocus looks really great! I’m using Nishita now and I love it because it works well with my blog, which features a photo-a-day with a short, poetic caption. But if in the future I have to change my theme AutoFocus will surely be my choice!
Dec 7th at 4:14 am
Wow, I have to say all three themes you introduced are quite tempting. I’ll have to try them on for size on the different blogs and see which style might work for them. Thanks.
Dec 7th at 4:22 am
I like Reddle!
Dec 7th at 4:28 am
LOVE AutoFocus. I love the new looks you’re offering. Thank you. =)
Dec 7th at 5:07 am
And all these themes are free?! Awesome!
Dec 7th at 5:22 am
AutoFocus shows great beauty and a message using different points of imagery. This allows artists to tell their stories in different ways.
Dec 7th at 8:36 am
Loving Imbalance 2; thanks for it.
Dec 7th at 10:32 am
Thanks. I’ve been hoping you would make AutoFocus available for a while. Christmas has come early.
Dec 7th at 1:07 pm
I love these themes, especially Reddle. Let’s just admit it: WordPress is just awesome, especially the snowflakes on the screen. They are giving us snow in places where we do not experience show. Thank you.
Dec 7th at 2:28 pm
Beautiful new themes! But I wish that AutoFocus had a responsive layout too.
Dec 7th at 2:38 pm
This place has been crying out for a Tumblr-style photo grid theme so it’s nice to see two. My only criticism is that your in-house themes are all looking like lightly customised versions of Twenty Eleven at the moment, and it’s getting monotonous.
Dec 7th at 2:56 pm
They are good themes! I think the best is Imbalance 2!
Dec 7th at 4:22 pm
AutoFocus is lovely!!!
Dec 7th at 4:38 pm
Imbalance 2 is an utter delight, and we are making the switch. But we eagerly await the arrival of Imbalance—probably the most beautiful blog theme we have ever seen.
Dec 7th at 4:49 pm
I seriously want Reddle for WordPress.org!
Dec 7th at 6:02 pm
AutoFocus looks amazing! It’s perfect for photographers. Thanks so much.
Dec 7th at 6:42 pm
Imbalance 2 is a very interesting theme. It’s a shame my own blogs don’t quite fit into a niche that would suit it, because it really is quite clever, and engaging, in its design. Good to see this kind of innovation.
Dec 7th at 9:57 pm
I absolutely love Imbalance 2 and I’m such a fan of WPShower and their themes, having been a previous Blogum user. I am now using Imbalance 2 for my new blog. Thank you WordPress for giving us access.
Dec 7th at 11:54 pm
I like Reddle. So neat!
Dec 8th at 12:29 am
Yes, I choose Reddle!
Dec 8th at 1:34 am
Again, really great themes! Could you guys do something like this for new businesses/entrepreneurs themes that have the authors’ names attached to the posts as well?
Dec 8th at 2:05 am
I just love AutoFocus. It’s great!
Dec 8th at 4:58 am
All the new themes are just beautiful!
Dec 8th at 6:32 pm
Thanks for the great themes. I just signed up for WordPress.com today and I had my blog up in no time.
Dec 9th at 12:32 am
Loving the Imbalance 2 theme! It is fantastic.
Dec 9th at 4:23 pm
Wow. Thanks for Imbalance 2.
Dec 10th at 8:45 am
Thanks for the update! I’ve just changed my theme to Imbalance 2 and I love it!
Dec 10th at 9:12 am
Imbalance 2 rocks. Finally a micro-blogging style for WordPress arrives.
Dec 11th at 1:38 am
This is so great! I switched to your Imbalance 2 theme and its fluid grid layout is amazing! Thank you so much; this is what I’ve been looking for for so long!
Dec 11th at 2:28 pm
I’m so into AutoFocus and using it right now. Thanks WordPress.
Dec 12th at 2:13 am
Good themes. It’s like a compilation of photos.
Dec 13th at 6:14 am
Reddle looks pretty nice, but I think the random pictures and small tidbits of info. in autofocus and imbalance would bother me.
Dec 13th at 3:27 pm
WordPress blog styles are superb and there are many of them. Even when I change from one to another people are able to appreciate the change. Would like to see more styles like the Girl in Green theme.
Dec 15th at 4:28 am
I tried to see “Imbalance 2″ in action because I really liked the way its look but then I got confused by all the pictures that don’t actually belong to the posts they lead to… Anyway, I may try it on my blog to see what happens.
Dec 15th at 5:50 am
Dec 15th at 9:44 am
AutoFocus and Reddle are the kind of themes that I have long been looking for… WordPress rocks with these new themes!
Dec 16th at 4:12 am
Hope you’ll be releasing Reddle to the WordPress.org users soon. Cheers on three great new free themes that are the equal of any premium theme here.
Dec 16th at 4:46 pm
AutoFocus looks great; I have to test it soon!