Releasing: Comatose WordPress Theme

This has been in the pipe a long time, it started simply as a set of experiments playing with HTML 5, layouts, responsive design, page structure, typeography, displaying images on mobile screens, the mobile web, minimalism, and my own dislike with the previous design(s) of my site. Finally, I decided to turn it into a full fledged WordPress theme. This is the result. It powers my site, and the InterKnowlogy development blogs where I work.

So here is the low down:

  • HTML 5 layout with CSS 3 styling
  • Responsive Layout
  • Clean, minimalist design
  • Print style
  • Clean, readable, and consistent text styling.
  • Clean and readable typography.
  • Clean display of code.
  • Beautiful images
  • Images display at native resolution on Regular and High Density screens
  • Widget enabled sidebar support
  • Nested comment support
  • Gravatar image integration for comments (High resolution images for High Density screens)
  • Custom menu support
  • Nested sub-sub-sub menu support
  • Graceful degradation in older browsers

But don’t take my word for it. Download links, versions and release notes are all on the project page:
http://www.paulrohde.com/development/comatose/

And all of the source code is hosted on GitHub.

Desktop Screenshots

Comatose Windows with Chrome showing Sidebar

iPad Retina Screenshots

Menu

Comatose iPad Retina Menu

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Blogging: Comatose

After many revisions, starts, restarts, remakes, redesigns, tweaks, updates and misc changes to this site, I’ve finally decided to take and overhaul this entire site starting with the theme. I’ve had a daunting Todo list that grows every time I look at my site. The web has changed drastically. The browsers we use each day have improved exponentially and hardly resemble the ones we used a few short years ago. Sites have to be designed for media from a small screen to a huge widescreen monitor. Content is more dynamic. Layout is becoming organic.

I’ve decided to rebuild this site, starting with the theme. But just rebuilding it isn’t enough. I’m going to open source the theme on GitHub, as well as blog the development and decision making process that has (and is) driving the design and development of this theme.

Web, meet Comatose. Comatose, meet web.