In his recent annual review of the “state of the word“, co-founder of WordPress Matt Mullenweg spoke about the tremendous development that WordPress has undergone since its inception back in 2003. Its user base has radically expanded as has the breadth of its applications across all areas of Web publishing.

We’re currently at WordPress version 3.4.2 and in his speech Matt spoke quite a bit about the forthcoming update 3.5. As part of that update WordPress will include a brand new default theme. This marks the 3rd template following Kubrick and Twenty Ten. The new theme is aptly called Twenty Twelve and the lead designer responsible for bringing it to life is Drew Strojny, founder of the premium WordPress theme company The Theme Foundry. You can check out Drew’s presentation at WordCamp San Francisco 2012 here.

In this review, I take a look at the key features that characterize this theme, I look at the admin side of the theme thanks to a work-in-progress version that I’m running on my test site and I offer a few comments on some of the subtleties that make this a truly viable, out of the box solution to anyone looking to set up a free and fully-functional web site in a matter of minutes. As always, I’d be interested to hear what your take on this theme is. Are you as enthusiastic about it as I am? Or is it lacking something? Either way let me know in the comments below.