Smashing Magazine is known for releasing top quality WordPress themes for free to its readers like the Agregado theme which I reviewed several months ago. The latest WordPress theme that they’ve released is called the Blak Magik theme designed Gopal Raju of Productive Dreams.
A short description from Smashing Magazine:
Today we are glad to release Blak Magik – a free professional WordPress-theme. The theme has 2 columns and is based on grungy wooden textures and has a cool top menu which includes RSS. The psd source file of the logo has also been included in the package. This can be used for any projects and will be useful especially for portfolios.
The Blak Magik WordPress theme has some nice custom graphics for the header, top menu, post date and comments. The header image can be edited/customized as the header’s PSD file is included in the file download. Blak Magik is widget-ready which means you can have your favorite widgets and also has built-in gravatar support so you don’t have to worry about installing a plugin or implementing gravatars with this theme.
The Blak Magik theme may not appeal to everyone especially those who don’t like dark colors. Some WordPress users might get turned off because they might not like the color scheme (too dark) or may not like the grungy wooden texture used. Nevertheless, Blak Magik is still a well designed and professional-looking theme that will surely fit some users preferences.
I hope the guys over at Smashing Magazine won’t get tired of sharing professional-looking WordPress themes for free. We appreciate what you’re doing and contributions to the WordPress community. Last but not least, thank you Gopal for designing this theme.
NOTE: You might be confused as to what the theme’s real name is. Smashing Magazine has it as “Black Magic” while the author has named it “Blak Magik”. Since Blak Magik is what shows on the WP Dashboard, I’m sticking with it.