Brian Gardner, founder and lead designer and developer of StudioPress, announced the release of a new portfolio-style child theme built for their Genesis theme framework. Designed by Rafal Tomal, StudioPress’ senior project manager, “Crystal” is a two or three-column widget-ready child theme that joins a handful of StudioPress themes geared for an out-of-the-box portfolio and photography style site.
Complete with a horizontal “featured image” bar, a jQuery image slider and a new “portfolio” page template, the features of the Crystal child theme are most certainly geared for a photographer or graphic designer. The child theme utilizes the Genesis’ propriety widgets to create the portfolio inspired homepage and now the new portfolio page template.
Crystal requires at least WordPress version 3.0, the Genesis Theme Framework and the WP-Cycle plugin, a free download in the WordPress.org plugin repository, to operate as intended. It is not currently BuddyPress compatible.
The Crystal child theme retails for $24.95 but requires the Genesis Theme Framework, an additional $59.95 if purchased separately. StudioPress offers a combined price of $79.95 for both the child theme and framework or an All-Pro Plus Package is available for $249.95, which guarantees all future Genesis updates and access to current and future child themes.
The Genesis Series gained popularity with their premium non-blog style themes geared towards business and corporate sites and initially debuted in January 2010.