I've been knocking out the layout for a new child theme. The focus of the theme will be a bit more like what you see here at Theme Hybrid. I get several requests for the theme used on this site, so I thought I play around with a few ideas. This is what I've come up with:
I don't have a design other than the layout, so this might become a starter child theme if I can't come up with something. If you have any design ideas, feel free to share them.
Breaking down the layout
The header area is pretty standard, so there's nothing new there.
The featured area is actually just the title and content of a page, so this would be a page template.
Below that is six sections, which I think I'll probably make a widget area. Or, it might be two widget areas (left and right columns). The gray box to the far right is the standard Primary widget area.
And, of course, we have the footer. I've never done a five-widget footer, so I'm toying with this idea.
This is at a very early stage, so there's plenty of time to add your feedback.