2012 has seen some great web design already and the Big social media sites have really lead the way in redesigning their layouts and functionality… so much so that web designers all over the world have started to take note and take inspiration.
Below I’ve put together a collection of fresh WordPress themes that take inspiration from Social Media and incorporate elements into stunning development to create some of the best WordPress Themes ever created (in my opinion).
WordPress Themes inspired by Social Media
Endless – Infinate Scrolling WordPress Theme
Endless is a stylish and very clean infinite scrolling theme, perfect for bloggers and storytellers alike. Sneek http://www.sneekdigital.co.uk have built this theme using web standard HTML5 and mixed this with some clever CSS3. The theme also includes a bit of jQuery to make this theme beautiful. Inspired by Facebook’s Timeline this design is 100% on trend for 2012.
Liquid Magazine – Unique Fluid Grid Layout
Liquid Magazine is unique fluid grid layout theme. Inspired by the ever popular and extremely addictive Pinterest, this theme is again right on the money for 2012 web design.
WordPress Accordium Theme
An easy to use theme suitable for bloggers and portfolios. This theme includes a few basic options trying to keep it as uncomplicated as possible! Inspiration for this theme clearly comes from Twitter – keeping a flowing feed of short, sharp information with the ability to expand for more information.
Brick & Mason: Premium Photography and Blog Theme
Brick & Mason is ideal for design studios and/or photographers. It is built around an infinite scrolling idea using using jQuery. This theme is also suitable to any browser size. Again inspiration comes from the fantastic social media site Pinterest – used to great effect.
wpTraveller – WordPress Travel Photo blog
A theme built specifically for travelers. It’s perfectly suited to the travelers that wants to share their discoveries of the world through photography.
This theme includes two things that take Inspiration from Facebook 1) The map showing pictures tagged in places you’ve visited and 2) the blog posts are like the Facebook Timeline Highlights. Great theme and great use of Facebook inspiration.
Videozoom is theme which is built specifically with videos in mind. Now this theme takes inspiration from the world’s largest video hosting website – YouTube. Although YouTube’s navigation is different the use of the sidebars and related videos takes great inspiration from YouTube.
FacePress – Community Content Sharing
FacePress is a theme made with the intention of building community content. Users can follow other users and contribute stories to the site.
There is no doubt about it – this theme gets its main inspiration from Facebook’s Timeline… if you view the live demo, change the view to Timeline and you will see a mix of the new Facebook Timeline with the old Facebook navigation tabs along the top. A great mix of the two popular Facebook features.
Expose Gallery WordPress Theme 3-in-1
Expose is perfectly suited to CSS gallery showcases and personal portfolios. This theme takes its inspiration from a very popular, invite only, design based social media site… you guessed it; Dribbble.com The layout is almost identical and serves a perfect purpose, to showcase work and to gain ratings on it.
A cool responsive WordPress theme that is a clever way to present your posts. Truth be told – this is the closest thing you’re going to get to Pinterest without actually being on Pinterest!
Inspired or cloned, you decide but Nominate allows you to create your own niche version of Digg. The way it works is you setup categories and users submit links to articles/websites for other users to vote on. The most voted submissions receive the most attention.
So if you’re looking for a new WordPress Theme to give your website the Social Media feel then these are the ones you need to be looking at!