Last week on Twitter Brian Gardner of StudioPress pinged two designers/developers who pretty regularly work with StudioPress’ Genesis theme framework. He said basically the same thing to each of them:
@BillErickson Hey – are you around on Skype right now? Want to talk about something *really* interesting.
Normally this wouldn’t raise a collective eyebrow at WPCandy. But on the same day (May 27th) Gardner commented on this very blog in response to a member of our community named Donnacha:
Donnacha, I just want to thank you for this comment. You’ll know why at some point in the relatively near future, but in the meantime wanted to say how much I appreciate you leaving this.
You can read Donnacha’s in full to put Gardner’s comment in perspective, but the part we believe is most relevant here is when Donnacha said:
There was a stage, last year, when the Genesis framework by StudioPress seemed to be well-ahead of the pack but I think they dropped the ball when they cancelled plans to launch a Genesis-based marketplace for third-party designers – obviously, StudioPress had a lot of other things going on, other projects that needed those resources, but I suspect, in the longterm, that establishing their framework as the standard is an opportunity they will regret not grabbing when they had the chance.
It seems StudioPress has something up their sleeve, and coming relatively soon. If we’re correct in pulling out this piece of Donnacha’s comment, it would seem Gardner was speaking about a future Genesis child theme marketplace.
What do you think? Does StudioPress have something like this up their sleeve or around the corner (depending on the metaphor you prefer)? Are we picking up the right thread here, or do they have something else planned? Drop your predictions in the comments below.