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Design Crumbs Themes Are Now 100% GPL

It’s been an interesting few months. As many of you know, back in January I was told I couldn’t participate in WordCamps while I sold my themes at ThemeForest under a split-license. The post I wrote brought some attention to the matter and now that the dust has settled it looks like it was for the best. Last night (here in the US) ThemeForest pushed their 100% GPL option live. This is a huge win for The WordPress Foundation, Envato, and the community at large.

My themes are now 100% GPL.

I assume my “Matt and Collis Present: The OMGPL BBQ” invitation is in the mail.


I’ll keep this short.

It’s been just over a month since the Automatically Blackballed post, and today Envato announced that they are going to have an option for authors to sell their items under a 100% GPL license. This isn’t only good for me and other ThemeForest authors, it’s good for the WordPress community as a whole.

And yes, I’ve been invited to participate in WordCamps again.

Automatically Blackballed

Last year I attended three WordCamps and spoke at two of them. This year I was on the planning team for WordCamp Chicago and was asked to speak again. I am passionate about WordPress and want to give back to the community.

On Friday, January 18, I was told that I may no longer participate in WordCamps.

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Higher Education & Web Design

Higher Education & Web Design

A few years ago I was asked to be a guest speaker in a high school web design class in Barrington, IL. At the time I didn’t think anything of it and just looked at it as another day, but I ended up actually enjoying doing it. Since then I’ve had it in the back of my mind that I would like to teach a web design class at the college level. I don’t want to be full time faculty by any means, but I would like to teach one or two classes a week. Hell, maybe even a few seminars.

Now, let me preface the article with this; I am by no means attacking any individual colleges, students, or alumni. And everything in this article is about my industry, the web design industry. I’m also not saying that I am the world’s best designer, but I am cognizant of my own skill set. While I talk about myself in this article, the article is not about me and I am not trying to brag. I’m merely using my experience as an example to point out the problems I see with web design at the college level.

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