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Featured Site: TED’s Return on Ideas Blog

Today’s featured site belongs to none other than TED. If you aren’t familiar, TED is a global set of conferences that feature progressive and inspiring talks and conversations about technology, entertainment and design.

TED’s Return on Ideas blog uses a customized version of Publisher. TED’s content is a great fit for Publisher’s masonry-style layout and infinite post loading. TED has taken Publisher a step further by adding a featured article section and a customized header.

We’re thrilled to see Publisher used to share unique content about science, design, technology, business, education, and arts! What will you share with Publisher?

Win a copy of Designer and a Baron Fig Notebook!

Last week we introduced you to our latest WordPress theme, Designer. This week, we’re having a good old fashioned Designer giveaway! We’re giving away 3 copies of Designer and a year of support and updates to three lucky people. But wait, there’s more! We’re also giving away 3 Baron Fig Notebooks. These are the same beautifully crafted notebooks that we use here at Array HQ to sketch out our ideas and plan upcoming features. Choose between blank, ruled or dotted notebook styles.

How To Enter

To enter the Designer giveaway, simply leave a comment below with a quote about design or creativity. This can be a quote from a designer, architect or artist, a quick tip or piece of advice or really anything relating to the creative world. By the end of the giveaway, hopefully we’ll have a wall of inspirational quotes about design.

This giveaway will run for 1 week, starting today, August 4th, 2014 until Monday, August 11th, 2014. Three winners will be chosen at random from the collection of design quotes. Good luck, folks! We look forward to seeing what you come up with!

Update – Winners Announced!

Thanks to everyone who participated, we now have 137 awesomely creative quotes about design, aesthetics and everything in between. We’ve randomly chosen 3 winners from the comments below. We also are awarding a runner up because of the overwhelming engagement we received on this giveaway!

Thanks to everyone for participating, we can’t wait to do one of these again!

David Claytor

Tolstoy calls art “a means of union among men, joining them together in the same feelings, and indispensable for the life and progress toward the well-being of individuals and of humanity”. I love this description of creativity for its communal qualities, claiming art as a unifying force.

Matthew Pereira

Good design is making something intelligible and memorable. Great design is making something memorable and meaningful. – Dieter Rams

Dennis Jenders

There are three responses to a piece of design – yes, no, and WOW! Wow is the one to aim for. – Milton Glaser

Megan Evans

I haven’t got it yet, but I’m hunting it and fighting for it, I want something serious, something fresh—something with soul in it! Onward, onward. —Vincent van Gogh

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Introducing Designer, A Minimal Portfolio Theme

The sun is shining here in Northern California and for good reason! Today we’re very excited to announce our latest WordPress theme, Designer! Designer makes it super simple for anyone to get a portfolio site up and running very quickly and effortlessly.

Designer features a minimal and bold design that removes common distractions and places an emphasis on your content, whether it be images, galleries, audio or video. We’ve provided support for all media types so that you can really create a portfolio that’s catered to you and your work.

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Designer Coming Soon

Coming Soon: Designer

We’ve been hard at work here at Array HQ testing the heck out of our latest WordPress theme, Designer! As we prepare Designer for liftoff, we thought we’d share some shots of Designer in action.

Just Add Water

Featuring an eclectic, responsive design and a fully-featured blog, you can get a professional portfolio up and running effortlessly, with zero coding required. Designer ships with several portfolio styles including tiled, landscape, portrait and square.

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Doubling Down On Design

Every year, we see a new wave of popular features and trends that pop up in commercial WordPress themes that tend to dominate the market before the next trend kicks in. Two years ago, everyone was crazy about theme options panels. Then it was shortcodes. Then it was content sliders. Now we’re in the drag and drop page builder era and next year, like clockwork, it will be something else.

These features were initially marketed as time savers and as a means of simple customization. In hindsight, though, we can see these “features” had some serious implications, as most shortcuts do when it comes to trying to build a quality website.

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Pocket Now Available On WordPress.com

Since its inception, Pocket has been one of our most popular WordPress themes. What started as a weekend side project ended up becoming a theme that would power websites for professional writers, artists, photographers and many more creative folks. We never thought such a tiny theme could empower so many. And because of that, we’re delighted to announce that Pocket is now available on WordPress.com.

Meet Pocket 5.0

Pocket's light color scheme.

Pocket’s light color scheme.

We took this release opportunity to dive into Pocket and give it a full update. One of the first things Pocket users will notice is the new and improved header area. We’ve streamlined the header by moving the navigations to the top of the page and center-aligning the site title and description. This creates a more cohesive feel to Pocket, better matching the design of the posts.

Better on Mobile

This theme fits in your Pocket.

This theme fits in your Pocket.

Pocket has always been tablet and mobile friendly, but we also wanted to improve upon that experience. With one tap, users can now quickly and seamlessly access site navigation and widget areas. Use the tablet and mobile icons on the theme demo to test drive Pocket’s improved mobile styles and mobile menu.

Fire Up Your Jetpacks

Pocket supports several Jetpack modules.

We have also taken this update opportunity to add support for several Jetpack features such as Infinite Scroll, Tiled Galleries, Carousel, Contact Form and Sharing. These features are available on both the WordPress.org and WordPress.com version of Pocket and are entirely optional, but can greatly improve the reading and browsing experience on your site.

Download It Now!

We hope everyone enjoys the latest version of Pocket. If you’re a WordPress.com user, you can start creating with Pocket today by visiting the Pocket Details page or the Pocket Demo!

If you already own Pocket or have a Theme Pass here on Array, you can download Pocket v5.1 from your Dashboard right now. Let us know what you think in the comments!

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Introducing Editor, A Free WordPress Theme

One of the first projects I wanted to tackle after launching Array was a free theme in the WordPress.org repository. I’ve wanted to submit a theme for some time, but the timing never worked out and I was a little intimidated by the review process. But after going through a few successful and painless reviews at WordPress.com, I decided it was time to get my hands dirty at WordPress.org.

Introducing Editor

Editor puts bold and beautiful publishing right at your fingertips with comfortable, legible typography and large featured images.

Clean and Crisp Typography

Editor’s typography styles have been hand-picked to provide a comfortable reading and writing experience. Use blockquotes and pull quotes to highlight your articles and editorials.

Versatile Sidebar

Editor features a sticky sidebar, keeping your site navigation, Featured Posts and widgets front and center. Using the Customizer you can choose a light or dark sidebar color scheme.

Scales To All of Your Devices

Editor is responsive, all the way down to mobile. Images, videos and text will scale down gracefully to iPad, iPhone and all devices in-between. Editor looks great on all devices!

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Free Coffee Photo Set

Happy Friday, folks! There’s nothing quite like jump-starting your day with a cup of your favorite coffee. Personally, my brain doesn’t kick in until I’ve had (at least) 1 cup of black coffee, preferably from one of the Latin American countries.

Today we have a free coffee-themed photo set for you! We’ve collected 15 of our favorite photos from coffee shops, afternoon espressos and perfectly-poured cappuccinos.

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The Tools Behind A WordPress Theme Shop

When I started to build the Array site, I knew from the get-go that I was going to start from scratch. The only way to achieve the simplicity I wanted on the front-end, was to match it on the back-end. So I started with a blank style.scss file and it grew from there.

Keeping with that mindset, I knew that I wanted the inner workings of the site to be very lean and easily maintainable yet dangerously powerful and scalable. Having experimented with so many different WordPress products, tools and coding practices over the years, I was excited to pool all of these resources together and laser-beam-focus them onto Array. I knew which tools and plugins didn’t work, and I knew which ones worked incredibly well. This is a level you can only achieve by installing an astounding amount of poorly-crafted plugins. I’m still waiting on some sort of acknowledgement of this achievement, by the way.

So today, I thought I’d share with you some of the tools I used to build this new WordPress theme shop, Array.

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Free Notebook Photo Set

Several months ago, I ran into a Kickstarter page for Baron Fig notebooks. I was immediately struck by the aesthetic and simplicity that the notebook promised. Although I foolishly didn’t back Baron Fig at the time, I was delighted to see they recently started shipping.

Fast forward to today, when I finally received a few of these notebooks in the mail. The build quality and paper are top-notch, and provide a great writing experience. I couldn’t help but take a few photos of these beautiful notebooks.

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