For Drew, designing and coding themes for a living is a dream come true.
“The Theme Foundry started as a fun side project, that eventually turned into a real business,” says Drew. “I get to choose my own hours, work with an amazing team, and build cool stuff with WordPress. What else could I ask for? I’ve always been interested in computers and technology. Growing up I spent almost all my free time in front of a computer screen. At some point, I needed a website, and decided it would be fun to try and build one myself. I started studying the craft in my spare time and learning from pioneers like Dan Cederholm and Jeffrey Zeldman.”Among The Theme Foundry’s most recent offerings, is Chalk, a theme specific for use in the classroom.
“At The Theme Foundry, we do our best to solve specific problems, but our themes are flexible enough to be used on many different types of websites,” says Drew. “For example, our latest release, Chalk, is geared toward teachers who need a class blog. The theme works great for that purpose, but it’s also a nice fit for creative bloggers looking to share photos, videos, links, and quotes.”
The Theme Foundry team is also working on a new theme with well-known Belgian designer Veerle Pieters. For a sneak peak at some of the icons in the theme, check out Veerle’s Dribbble page.
The Theme Foundry is growing fast, and as the business has grown, Drew’s role has continued to evolve.
“My biggest challenge has been time,” says Drew. “I tend to be a slow designer, and I’m also busy trying to manage, run, and grow the business. Hiring two new team members in 2011 has really helped alleviate this problem. I now spend more time collaborating with Andy and Scott than I do writing code and working in Photoshop.”
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