A Free Portfolio Block Theme Designed for Freelancers and Agencies – WP Tavern

The number of WordPress block themes has reached 137. That’s a far cry from the 500 block themes that WordPress Executive Director Josepha Haden-Chomphosy set as her goal for 2022, but the number is steadily growing as theme authors find their place and find out how fast they block. themes can be created.

Brian Gardner throws his hat in the ring again with his latest outing. Design Mode is a new block theme created for freelancers and agencies to showcase their services and work. After its release, several of Gardener’s contemporaries, other theme designers, noticed how refreshing it is to see a block theme with “real world use cases” as many seem to be aimed at bloggers.

Design mode includes Outfit, a geometric sans serif Google font, designed by Rodrigo Fuenzalida, a Venezuelan type designer based in Santiago, Chile. It is used for both headings and paragraph text throughout the theme.

The demo gives the best idea of ​​what the theme looks like with an organized set of content-filled images, titles, captions, menus and buttons. Once installed and activated on a new site, the theme looks a lot like the demo but has a placeholder image instead of the photos used in the demo. This is because the photos did not have the correct license for distribution on WordPress.org, but the way they are shipped has the benefit of giving users a blank visual slate for these featured sections.

Design Mode includes 10 different templates, which are basically all aspects of design deconstructed into parts. There are several templates for sections with cover, header, text and button, three column query grid, section with text and separators, footer and header with site title and perfectly spaced navigation. The theme also includes a full page template which will instantly replicate the homepage in the demo.

Design Mode is an opinionated theme. Users can adjust background, text, and link colors, and adjust various templates through the full site edit, but it doesn’t come with additional style variations. Personal blogs can benefit from a kaleidoscope of style variations, but a well-designed portfolio theme usually doesn’t lend itself well to large style variations. In this case fewer options is a good thing which should preserve the simple palette of theme packages.

This is a very fast theme in itself. Gardner reports that Design Mode scores 99 and 100 on Google mobile/desktop page speed. Depending on the plugins and optimizations a user has enabled, this theme might be a good choice for performance-conscious WordPress users.

Design Mode is Gardner’s third block theme in the repertoire. It bears some similarities to its minimalist black and white Avant-Garde theme, but has more of a storefront-friendly vibe that suits personal portfolios, agencies, and any type of service business that would benefit from a sleek, structured design. .

Design Mode is available for free on WordPress.org or in WordPress through the Admin Themes Browser.

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