WordPress Portfolio Themes and the Battle for Interactive Supremacy

As the WordPress premium theme market expands, competition naturally increases and this is pushing theme developers to search for “an edge” that is going to set their themes apart from the rest.

The days of inserting a bit of bling (read flash sliders) to cajole your customer base into conversion figures are thankfully behind us. Consumers have grown savvy and demand only the best in theme quality and support.

One of the direct consequences of this in the portfolio theme niche is a recent trend in interactive innovation or what I’m calling the “battle for interactive supremacy”.

Last week, I reviewed one of the most sophisticated WordPress portfolio themes that has been released to date. It’s called the WowWay theme and it brought some much needed new interactive life to what is fast becoming a staple of portfolio designs: the image grid.

But this week, I want to highlight a portfolio theme that is pushing the bar even higher. It’s a theme called Konzept and in my video I explain what it is that I think makes this a stunning piece of work.

Written by Will Ellington

Originally from the UK, I currently live in Osaka, Japan, where I work in higher education. I’ve been a WordPress user since 2004 and have developed numerous projects with it over the years. Wpliving is a place to share things i've learnt along the way, and to explore innovations in WordPress too.

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  1. Thank you for this informative video, I think it will be useful for a wide audience of WP users. We believe the internet and the way people interact with it is changing, and that calls for a new way of thinking and developing. However, themes with ideology and concept like that did not start to appear just recently, our previous project Agency was released almost half a year ago, you can see it here http://themeforest.net/item/agency-fullscreen-portfolio-wordpress-theme/1025297

  2. Thanks for taking the time out to comment Anthony, great to have the theme’s designer here. I did see your Agency theme and clearly Konzept inherits a good deal from it; just as Agency no doubt inherited ideas from other themes before it too.

    The genealogy of a WordPress theme is not something that can be easily isolated. However, my feeling is that where Agency put in place a certain model for a full-screen portfolio experience, Konzept took that model to the next level. Its form and function have come of age.

    I’m looking forward to future theme releases from you. If you get a minute, please let me know what you’re working on next? Thanks.

  3. I agree with you on your view of UI. Another important aspect, however, is technology powering the solution – while with Flash it was indeed possible to created locked, controlled experiences unlike anything else on the internet by that time, resulting site could not be flexible or cross-platform. Nowadays, we have to create similar experiences on open technologies like HTML5 and CSS3, with associated technical requirements and challenges.
    You can always get a sneak peek of upcoming projects in my dribbble – http://dribbble.com/anthonyjones
    Currently we are working on more portfolio themes, hope they will be useful for designers. Being a designer myself, just several years ago I could never have such a pretty portfolio site, it would take several thousand dollars and a lot of time to develop. Now, people can just purchase WP theme from one of the awesome authors on Themeforest, set it up in a day and have a good, professional-looking portfolio. I think that’s very convenient.

    • I was building my portfolio on some other theme, but when I saw Agency – it was love from the first sight, I’ve never seen something like this as WordPress theme. Both from visual side an user experience too. Personally, I think fullscreen images are the best way to present design work. Now You guys released Konzept and I just want to get it! Keep it up!

  4. OT: Love your new layout and theme (Sans).

    LOOKS awsome on my mobil phone and tablet.

    Great choice to grow with! It will serve you well.

    • Huge thank you for the comment James and for your support. It’s funny, I’ve just finished making a video about the redesign and I saw your comment pop up whilst recording. Thanks again.

  5. Thank you so much for your review.. I love the template, my only question is if there is a possibility of changing the slideshow so that is shows the full height of images instead of cropping them to adapt to each screen. Do you think that is easily done or should I redirect my attention to a different template, probably by the same amazing designer that did this great work! Thank you for your answer 🙂

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