ThemeShaper saw a redesign this week, which is always fun. But more interesting is the new vision for ThemeShaper, as it is now the blogging home of the Automattic Theme Team. ThemeShaper was previously the WordPress blogging home of Ian Stewart, who brought ThemeShaper to Automattic when he was hired in March of 2010.
The new design has retooled the site for the purpose of sharing tips and tricks from the Theme Team back to the community in a more organized way. Most recently Matt Mullenweg shared the backstory of premium themes on WordPress.com. Currently featured on the new ThemeShaper are also Custom Menu Code Samples, A Sample WordPress Theme Options Page, and Using TextMate for WordPress Code Cleanup. So you can get an idea for where the Theme Team will be taking ThemeShaper in the future.
The design itself is based on Duster, a theme released on WordPress.com this week as well. Duster will be made available to WordPress.org users in a week or so. Watch last week’s interview with Lance Willett where we discussed, in part, the new ThemeShaper.
What do you think of the changeover, and the new design? Raise your hand if you’re excited to see Ian Stewart come back to WordPress blogging, at least in some capacity? Mine’s up.