WordPress Announces 10 Style Variation Picks for Twenty Twenty-Three Theme – WP Tavern
The WordPress design team has announced the winners of the challenge to create a styling variation for the upcoming Twenty Twenty-Three (TT3) default theme. The organizers received 38 submissions from 19 contributors (some submitted multiple variations) from eight countries.
Given the wide range of color combinations and typography, TT3 is gearing up to be a vehicle for a diverse set of styles from the WordPress design community. The submissions included creative variations for all sorts of design moods – dark with high contrast, bright yellow with a smaller universal font size, eggplant gradient background, and many more.
Automattic’s design director, Channing Ritter, posted the selections that were selected to ship with Twenty Twenty-Three:
“These variations were selected with the goal of presenting the most radical set of variations possible – so in many ways we were looking at what would work best as a collection versus selecting our favorite standalone submissions,” Ritter said.
The selections are not in their final form. Contributors will continue to iterate on them, under the guidance of design team leads, until the WordPress 6.1 beta period begins on September 20.
“Some of the suggested changes might be a bit ambitious, but let’s keep pushing to see how well we can do each of these variations,” Ritter said.
Submissions that have not been chosen to ship with TT3 may still have a path to inclusion through an official child theme of the default theme. Contributors discussed how this might work and closed the issue in favor of creating a separate project after TT3 launch.
“I especially like the idea of continuing to create style variations beyond those that come with TT3,” said Automattic sponsored contributor Sarah Norris. “I think this is a great opportunity to introduce people to block themes and building variants, with the help of the community and experienced block-themers. It also provides a space to test the PR of Gutenberg, in the same way as
emptytheme is currently in use, but with more obstinate settings enabled.
“I’m not sure if this is part of the current TT3 project, and in my opinion, it would be best to launch this initiative soon after the launch of TT3.”
In the meantime, the contributors plan to refine the selected variations, and the child theme project can continue without affecting the theme’s current timeline.
Check out the announcement to see each of the selected variants in more detail.