As version 0.6 of Hybrid grows nearer, I've been thinking about what types of child themes I'd like to create after that point.
In this discussion, I'm referring to two different types of themes:
Type 1) Completely packaged themes
These are themes like you see now — Hybrid News, Leviathan, Life Collage, and Old School.
Basically, these themes have all of the functionality built into them and have been completely styled. This is great if you just want to throw up a new design on your site.
But, what if you just kind of want the functionality or the layout or the extra widget sections, but you also want a completely custom color scheme? It can be kind of tough to customize something that's pre-made, which brings us to type number 2:
Type 2) Themes void of style
Well, I don't mean completely void of style like the Skeleton child theme.
The idea here is to set up a layout, typography, extra functions like additional widget areas, and maybe other specific things. It would be something that lacks a lot of color, but would give you a good starting point for something a little more custom.
These would be something more like this screenshot:
I'll definitely continue making Type 1 themes because not everyone is a CSS guru. It's kind of the entire point of a WordPress theme, really. But, there's always you DIYers that maybe just want to skin something with your own color schemes.
I think there's room for both types, but I wanted to see how many people might be looking for something a little more vanilla. If there's enough interest, I'll try to make some themes without too much styling.