I am wondering if there are any current or planned efforts among the Omeka team to develop new themes that offer more up-to-date design aesthetics?
I regularly use Omeka in my digital history classes, and while students appreciate what they’re able to do with it, they are often frustrated by the limited themes. I often hear some version of “it looks old” (and they’re right - the available themes have not changed much since 2010, even though web aesthetics have evolved significantly since then). I show them how to customize some typefaces, colors, header images, etc. - but that only goes so far without getting into the weeds of editing code, which, at some point, starts defeating the purpose of a “theme.”
Obviously more dynamic design is possible in Omeka - sites like Histories of the National Mall, the New Roots project, or even Jane Addams: Digital Edition break out of the “standard” Omeka design. I understand those sites have custom-designed themes and elements that probably are specific to their projects, but surely some parts of these designs could be worked into new themes?
I also know there are some “unofficial” themes on Github - though these can be hard to find and browse.
None of this is meant as criticism of the awesome people who have built Omeka and guided its evolution, and I totally get that limited funding and staffing probably create constraints - but this is just a gentle request and hope that more dynamic/aesthetically varied themes might be in the works.