The most common request from people contacting me is for a redesign for their web site. While I am happy to work with them to completely redesign their website and engineering one exclusively for them, but rarely do people have a budget for a high-touch engagement like that. Most people just need a quick, easy and cheap way to get started.
Movable Type has a number of options out of the box, but lets be honest: they are dated and boring. Their is Mid-Century, one of my favorites, and Motion from Six Apart (available for free in MT Pro), but that is hardly much of a selection as great as they are.
So the mission I am taking on is to help change this. To help bring a greater variety of freely available themes to Movable Type. In pursuit of this, now when customers come to me with a small budget needing a redesign I encourage them to check out what open source themes are available on other platforms - and if they can find one they like, I will port it to Movable Type at a discount.
Most recently a client came to me asking for a "news theme." It didn't take long for us to find Hybrid News for WordPress. The theme is free and open source, which permits me to implement in Movable without worries about licensing.
I am not quite ready to release it, but I will soon. In the meantime you can check out a live demo.
The great news is that while developing the theme I added a number of features to the theme that are not available in WordPress - primarily because Movable Type allows me to add features easily without requiring a plugin. More on those when I am able to do all the documentation.
Stay tuned to this blog for the announcement when it is ready...
Update: official project homepage has been made available.