From time to time I come across great Manifest implementations. I particularly love the ones that add just enough customizations that it’s still recognizable as Manifest, but the additions makes it their own. The cooking blog of Mimi Thorisson is one of those implementations. From the elegant type, custom header, simple illustrations, to the excellent photography throughout the site. I find sites like this as sources of inspiration for new features to add to Manifest, be it core design updates or just added customization flexibility. I’ll be featuring more sites that catch my eye.
Manifest is a WordPress theme I designed in 2010. At the time it was the design for my personal website. Upon redesigning my site, I didn’t want the theme to go to waste since I thought it was a pretty decent design. There wasn’t a big market for simple, single column wordpress themes so I decided to release it for free on my site. I emailed two popular WordPress theme sites about it and it took off from there. After about 200,000 downloads the WordPress.com team added it as an official WordPress theme on the service. It’s currently the 20th most popular theme on the site.
I can’t tell you how appreciative I am of all the love I got for the theme. I’ve met some great people online because of it and had some terrific ego stroking when I would learn someone I admire was using it. As the time I dedicated to work and family increased, the time I had to support theme with updates decreased.
Even though I stopped updating Manifest years ago, I still get requests for it and come across sites utilizing it in great ways. I also have a need to get my own site back in order, and Manifest once again accomplishes what I need to do. A couple of years ago I started a complete rebuild of the theme. Updating it with often requested features including support for the latest WordPress features. Over time I’ll be updating this latest version of Manifest and documenting the changes as a go along. My time dedication to work and family has not in any way decreased (in fact it’s only increased), so theme updates will be sporadic, but you can follow me on Twitter for news of any updates that happen.