Update: Exodus is now available.
Development of our next WordPress theme is underway. We’re calling it Exodus. It has a wide and flat design which you can preview in the screenshot below.
The idea with this theme is to make something with a very different appeal than Resurrect, which was urban-inspired. The design of Exodus is wide, flat and somewhat minimal. We want to offer a variety of themes so that there is something for every church.
Large desktop displays and high resolution laptop displays are much more common now than just a few years ago. I realized this recently when looking at screen resolution statistics. I found that about two-thirds of desktop and laptop screens in use are 1280 pixels wide or greater.
For @churchthemes.com theme number two I'm experimenting with a 1200px design having super wide slider. Flat and minimal.
— Steven Gliebe (@stevengliebe) December 11, 2013
Church websites with Exodus will be wide for a very large portion of users. The main benefit to them is more space for content. This makes for a more comfortable experience since there can be a somewhat larger font and less scrolling. A wide slider also creates a more dramatic effect. Users with smaller screens will simply see a more narrow version thanks to responsive design (a feature of all our themes).
Something else I wanted to do with Exodus is a truly flat design. What that means is you won’t find single shadow, gradient or any element having an effect that implies depth. This has been a popular trend for a while now and in my opinion it’s one of the most elegant styles ever. Flat design is very distinct and simple. If you want to understand what exactly flat design is, read UX Magazine’s A Look at Flat Design and Why It’s Significant.
A Work in Progress
We’re hoping to have this theme out within the next two months (join our Newsletter for notification). Keep in mind that estimating release dates is hard. In the meantime, let us know what you think of this work in progress.